RFS & NSW Wine Communications Protocol

Following on from the devastation ​of f​​ire and smoke from the 2019 /2020 bushfires, NSW Wine has been working with the NSW RFS on an ​agreement and ​strong communication platform between the NSW Wine Industry and the relevant parties to work together to minimise where possible the impacts of fire and smoke on winegrapes from hazard reduction activities.

​An agreed Communications Protocol is now in place at a whole of State level to allow local wine regional bodies to engage at the local level with their RFS area command centres on schedule burns and hazard reduction activities with an aim to minimise the potential impacts on wine grape crops, but at all times keeping in mind that community safety is a priority.

​NSW Wine has also arranged for the following information and data for NSW RFS; ​

  • The latest impacts and knowledge on the effects of smoke on wine grapes has been forwarded to NSW RFS to update their knowledge, and also presented in a virtual seminar to district managers in a workshop last year.
  • The GAIA mapping data for all vineyards within NSW to be uploaded into the RFS mapping systems, so they can identify the location of vineyards
  • The approx. timings of risk for periods winegrapes in each NSW region​  

We have agreed to utilise the attached communications protocol as a blueprint for each wine region to work with their local RFS Area Command and RFS Fire Control Centres to set up formal communications​. 

View the Communications Protocol here.

We urge all wine region representative bodies to take advantage of this framework and fill in the document with their local region contacts and keep on file.

Please make contact with your local NSW RFS Fire Control Centre to establish ​your ​local region key contacts ​for ​planning meetings, dealing with ​​hazard ​reduction ​burns, as well as ​p​re-s​eason briefings and post-season reviews.

The list of NSW RFS Fire Control Centres is available via this link:

Also, you can check all upcoming hazard reduction burns via this link:

Both the NSW RFS and the NSW Wine agree that good ​local ​communication is the key to achieving a good ​local outcomes​. If regional issues are intractable and after considered discussions and negotiations fail at ​the​ local level, the ​very ​last step in our agreement is that NSW Wine executive and NSW RFS executive will meet to attempt to resolve any intractable matters.​

Risk Management

In consultation with industry, SafeWork NSW and the NSW Wine Industry Association and its members have contributed to the development of this guide. This guide provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking and workers on managing health and safety risks within the winery. It should be read in conjunction with other codes of practice relevant to wine production work.

Vineyard Biosecurity Induction

To help you protect the NSW wine industry and ensure all your staff and vineyard workers have a good understanding of biosecurity, NSW DPI has created a short Vineyard Biosecurity Induction video that can now be accessed free of charge via their website HERE.

They have also created an Induction Register to help you keep track of who has completed the vineyard biosecurity training within your business - click below.

NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

2 August 2022

Pruning & Vine Health Workshop

When: Tuesday 2nd
August, 8.15am - 4.30pm

Where: Swinging Bridge
winery, Orange

Cost: $495 per person,
including GST - Morning tea and lunch provided

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3 August 2022

Free On-Premise workshop

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August, Sept, Oct 2022

NSW Wine Regional Trade Tasting

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October 2022

2022 NSW Wine Awards Judging

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NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2022.


March 2023

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

The next NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards will open in early 2023. To find out more about these Awards and see who were the 2022 #nswwinestar click below.

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