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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 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 (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...

Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas

Local pubs and clubs are essential community infrastructure in regional areas. Research demonstrates that having a 'local' brings numerous positives, including higher life satisfaction, greater interpersonal trust, and greater connectedness with community. Isolation, loneliness and social cohesion are important considerations for population health, especially in regional areas...

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...

Latest News

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...

Beer tax sting cuts deeper tomorrow

Australia's beer tax is already the fourth highest in the industrialised world, we then pay another 10% in GST, including on the beer tax, at the bar or checkout. The beer tax rate quietly ratchets up every six months due to an automatic CPI increase in February and August. It's time Aussies beer lovers got a well-earned and overdue break...

Government has a crack when you open a coldie

When the biggest cost in the price of an Aussie-made beer is tax and it's putting a frothy beyond the reach of everyday people, something is terribly wrong. Brewers Opinion Editorial in the Daily Telegraph makes the case for Aussies getting tax off for their good behaviour...

Upcoming Events

Melbourne BeerFest - St Kilda

Melbourne BeerFest on 29 February 2020, 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...

Melbourne BeerFest - Catania Gardens

Melbourne BeerFest at Catania Gardens, St Kilda, on 29 February 2020 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...

Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival

The 13th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival is set to be the biggest ever held, with a record number of exhibitors expected for the event on 21 March 2020 at on Batman Street and in the car park of Mercure Canberra. It features breweries from across Australia, along with live bands, food, entertainment and a wide range of kids' activities, beer/cider food matching sessions, guest speakers, and meet the brewers...