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The Distillery Support — Hazardous Areas and Dangerous Goods Rebate, up to the maximum of $50,000, seeks to assist distillers of alcoholic beverages to invest in equipment and infrastructure to improve safety in distilleries. The rebate will assist distillers of alcoholic beverages to invest in equipment and infrastructure to improve safety in distilleries.

Deadlines and Timings

Applications are open and will close on 30 Sep 2024, 5PM AEST. Applicants will be advised in writing via email of the outcome of their application within 3 weeks of lodgement.

Overview and Grant Amount

The Hazardous Areas and Dangerous Goods Rebate will assist distillers of alcoholic beverages to invest in equipment and infrastructure to improve safety in distilleries. A rebate of up to 70% or 80% of the total eligible expenditure (GST exclusive) or up to the maximum of $50,000 (GST exclusive), whichever is the lesser amount, is available for equipment and infrastructure that will support improvements to safety in distilleries. Applicants will be required to make a cash co-contribution of a minimum of 20% or 30% of the total eligible expenditure on infrastructure and equipment on the project.  Co-contribution will be:

  • 20% cash co-contribution if no more than 10,000 litres of alcohol produced in the 2022-23 financial year
  • 30% cash co-contribution if greater than 10,000 litres of alcohol produced in the 2022-23 financial year

Co-contributions must be cash. In-kind contributions such as labour are not included. Any additional or ineligible costs associated with the overall project must be met by the applicant.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be registered as a business in Victoria
  • Be a legal entity
  • Own at least one still with a capacity of 50 litres or more
  • Hold a current ATO Manufacturer’s Licence to produce distilled alcoholic beverages
  • Hold a current Victorian General or Producer’s Liquor Licence issued by Liquor Control Victoria
  • Have had a Hazardous Area Assessment, Dangerous Goods Audit, OHS Essentials Program relating to hazardous areas and dangerous goods, or assessment by a Worksafe dangerous goods inspector
  • Be able to meet the cash co-contribution (minimum 20% or 30%) required
  • Agree to participate in future program evaluation activities
  • Meet all workplace and employment obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards and the rights and obligations under applicable industrial awards

Applicants NOT eligible are as follows:

  • A producer of spirits that does not distil their own alcoholic beverages
  • A state government department, agency or local council
  • An unincorporated association or franchise
  • A potential applicant who has applied for another state government grant for the same project
  • Not based in Victoria

Applicants must hold the Intellectual Property or the rights to commercialise the device/system/innovation. Joint applications between a business entity and research-based organisations (including universities) are encouraged. However, the business entity must lead the project and submit the grant application. The lead applicant (the business) must outline clearly in their application who the project partners are and how each partner will contribute to achieving the objectives of the project proposal. If a joint application is successful, the Deed of Agreement will be between the lead applicant and the NSW Government.

Eligible Costs

The program may provide a rebate of eligible costs associated with one or more of these activities:

  • Costs associated with having a Hazardous Area Assessment or Dangerous Goods Audit undertaken.
  • Purchase and installation of equipment and infrastructure as recommended in either a Hazardous Area Assessment, Dangerous Goods Audit, OHS Essentials Program relating to hazardous areas and dangerous goods, or assessment by a Worksafe dangerous goods inspector.
  • Training specific to the technology for safe operation of equipment recommended (external costs only).

The following activities will NOT be supported:

  • New or replacement stills.
  • Items not recommended in either the Hazardous Area Assessment, Dangerous Goods Audit, OHS Essentials Program relating to hazardous areas and dangerous goods, or assessment by a Worksafe dangerous goods inspector.
  • Items pertaining to brewing, wine making and other beverage production.
  • Motorised transport vehicles (e.g., forklifts, trucks, utes, etc.) or vehicle associated costs.
  • Routine maintenance costs.
  • Internal costs, salaries or resources of the Recipient.
  • Fees associated with permits for planning or annual certification.
  • Costs associated with applying for government grants and funding programs.
  • Basic professional services such as ongoing, routine accounting, tax and legal business requirements, licensing, legal/intellectual property costs, financing fees.
  • Travel costs.
  • Any administrative fees or surcharges for administering the expenditures listed above.
  • Any other expenditure as determined by the Department that does not meet the Program guidelines or objectives.

Interested parties are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines and FAQ set by the funding grant. Submissions must be lodged through the program online portal.

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