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Brewers Association of Australia

The Brewers Association is the peak body representing leading beer makers and beer lovers across Australia. After all, 9.1 million Aussie beer drinkers paying $3.6 billion in beer taxes each year cannot be ignored.

Crafting Australia's premier and best loved beers, our members make some 80% of beer sold in the country to be major contributors to the economic and social lifeblood of the nation.

Hot Issues

Excise Duties on Beer: Australia in International Perspective

Economist Prof Kym Anderson AC updates his 2014 research comparing beer tax around the world. The 2019 analysis of Australia compared with OECD and EU countries, shows Aussies pay many times the rates of others and the highest proportion of our incomes in beer tax. Our beer tax is the fourth highest in the world. We then pay another 10% GST on top of everything, including the beer tax. It is also automatically increased every six months...

Carbohydrates & Sugar in Alcohol Beverages

With the majority of Australians seeking more information about the products they consume, it is bizarre that governments, through FSANZ, are seeking to prevent consumers making informed choices by denying them access to the proven scientific evidence on sugar and carbohydrate content in beers...

Consultation on Extending Support to Craft Brewers & Distillers

While welcoming bipartisan support for the proposal, despite these changes Australians will still pay among the highest excise on beer in the world, in addition to a 10% GST. These taxes on beer drinkers netted the Australian Government $4.2 billion last year. Only by addressing current excise rates across the beer category will these cost of living pressures on Australians be eased...

Latest News

Aussies pay too much beer tax... and it goes up again tomorrow

Australia's beer tax is already the fourth highest in the world, we then pay a 10% GST, including on the beer tax, at the bar or checkout, and the rate ratchets up every six months due to an automatic CPI increase. With moderate consumption now the norm in Australia, it's time to give beer lovers a well-earned break...

Let's talk facts when discussing the impact of alcohol in emergency departments

Brewers Opinion Editorial, published in The Canberra Times on 1 August 2019, says study parameters that assert anyone who had a drink at lunch, even a solitary beer, and is in a hospital emergency department up to 12 hours later, that alcohol was a contributing factor needs to be called out, because you don't get to ignore human physiology or make up your own facts...

Taxing humble frothy to the hilt is hard to swallow

Despite Australia's markedly improved drinking culture, new analysis shows Aussies pay the fourth highest beer tax rate in the industrialised world and the rate goes up every six months. It's enough to make red-blooded Aussies weep says Brewers in our Opinion Editorial published in the Courier-Mail on 1 August 2019...

Upcoming Events

Fremantle BeerFest

Experience a showcase of award winning beers at WA's Fremantle BeerFest 2019 over 8-10 November at Esplanade Park as you stop, sip and savour the Best of the West...

Sydney BeerFest

Sydney BeerFest - now over two days - in Centennial Park over 30 November to 1 December 2019, will take festival-goers on a journey of beer and food discovery; exploring rare brews, beer/food pairing and unique recipes at free Masterclasses and tasting exclusive festival brews from around the Country, direct from the brewers themselves...

Launceston BeerFest

Ring in 2020 at the Launceston BeerFest at Royal Park on 31 December, bringing together beer, beer-makers and beer lovers for a New Year's Eve special event...