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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 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 around 80% of beer sold in the country to be major contributors to the economic and social lifeblood of the nation.

Hot Issues

NHMRC Proposed Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol

Fundamental flaws in the methodology and ultimate findings in the draft Drinking Guidelines are not consistent with the very data provided in the document itself. The recommendations appear to be deliberately misleading and, clearly, not supported by evidence...

NHMRC Drinking Guidelines

Dr Tim Cooper AM MSc MD MBA, Deputy Chair of the Brewers Association of Australia and Managing Director of Coopers Brewery, pens his submission on the NHMRC Drinking Guidelines, bringing to the fore his medical expertise and real world knowledge of the science underpinning alcohol consumption...

Excise Duties on Beer: Australia in International Perspective (Updated February 2020)

Economist Prof Kym Anderson AC updates his August 2019 research comparing beer tax around the world. The February 2020 analysis of Australia compared with the advanced economies of the OECD and EU takes into account the ATOs latest CPI hike, showing Australia, at $2.26 per litre, is the fourth highest beer taxed nation. We then pay another 10% GST on top of everything, including the beer tax. It also automatically increases every six months...

Latest News

FSANZ sent back to pregnancy warning drawing board

Australia's major brewers have had pregnancy warnings on all labels since 2014. And we fully support making it mandatory. What FSANZ has concocted is the biggest hit to consumers for no extra benefit. Mandating colours adds cost - at least $400 million - without impacting behaviour change...

UK freeze cold comfort to Aussie beer lovers & businesses

The Brits have frozen their so-called high beer tax at $1.52 (AUD) per litre... but we already pay $2.26. Freezing the beer tax may be popular in the UK, but a freeze would do nothing to take pressure off Aussies. No-one would thank a government for locking-in such extreme beer tax rates...

Brits spit chips over beer tax hit... but we pay much more

A bit of a reality check. UK MPs are up in arms over local beer tax, but Aussies are coughing up a full one-third more! At $2.26 per litre, Aussies pay the fourth highest beer tax in the industrialised world, while the Brits at $1.52 (AUD) are a distant fifth. Only by cutting the rate of Aussie beer tax can punters get serious relief at the checkout and in the pub...

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Update

Notice: All upcoming beer festival and related events are cancelled or postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. See the links below for more event-specific information. Keep safe, stay sane and we'll see you on the flipside...

Great Austalian Beer SpecTAPular - Brisbane

At GABS 2020 its all about sharing our love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible. GABS Brisbane is staged at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, in the heart of the bustling South Bank precinct. There are two 5-hour sessions held on Saturday 5 May 2020...

Good Beer Week - Melbourne

One of Australia's premier beer events, Good Beer Week - running from 15-24 May 2020 - features over 270 events across Melbourne and Victoria, attracting some 75,000 people for masterclasses, high profile chefs, degustations, live music and fashion shows...