Following the repeal of the Wine Grapes Marketing Board (Reconstitution) Act 2003 on 1st January 2012 the Board now operates as an Agricultural Industry Services Committee performing its legislated functions in accordance with the Agricultural Industry Services (Wine Grapes Marketing Board) Regulation 2003.
Wine Grapes Marketing Board Bill 2003 - old
Previously the Wine Grapes Marketing Board acted in accordance with the Wine Grapes Marketing Board (Reconstitution) Act 2003 which as a Bill 2003 passed through both Houses of NSW Parliament on 10 December 2003 and received assention by the NSW Governor shortly hereafter. The legislation came into force as an Act on 1 January 2004 and was initially in operation until 31 December 2007.
A NSW Government review was then conducted on the legislation and the Board gained an extension to its powers to set and enforce terms and conditions of payment on winegrape purchases until December 2009.
The Board sought a further extension of its powers to set and enforce terms and conditions of payment for non complying contracted grape sales. The Board was successful in obtaining an exemption via both houses of Parliament. The basis for this was that the industry has not moved toward the Wine Industry Code of Conduct. The current legislation of the Board will expire in December 2011 at which time the Board will continue its operations as an Agricultural Industry Services Body.
Marketing of Primary Products Act 1983 (old)
The Board was originally founded under this Act.
However in 2000 the Board requested a review of the legislation in accordance with National Competition Policy Principles. The MPP Act provided the Board with countervailing powers such as vesting and the ability to set and enforce minimum prices.
A copy of the Marketing of Primary Products can be found at the Australian Legal Information Institute Online. Schedule 5 of the Act contains special provisions relating to the Wine Grapes Marketing Board.