04 May 2018

Backing Corangamite and Geelong’s Craft Brewers and Distillers

Craft brewers and distillers will no longer pay additional tax, allowing them to compete on fairer terms with large beverage companies.

“This is terrific news for the craft brewers in my electorate of Corangamite and the Geelong region who will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s continued support for Aussie small businesses,” Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said.

As part of our continued commitment to back Australian small businesses, the Turnbull Government will increase the amount beverage companies can claim back on their excise and extend the concessional draught beer excise rate to smaller kegs, typically used by craft brewers.

The alcohol excise refund scheme cap will increase from $30,000 a year to $100,000, from 1 July 2019 for all brewers and distillers.

“What this means is that craft brewers and distillers will be able to compete on a fairer playing field with large beverage companies.” Ms Henderson said

“This additional tax relief builds on the Turnbull Government’s continued support for small business which includes:

  • Legislated tax cuts for small and medium businesses
  • The $20,000 instant asset write-off for small businesses for the past 3 years; and
  • Increasing the turnover threshold to $10 million for access to the small business concessions”

“This extra help to craft brewers and distillers will drive competition in a sector currently dominated by large domestic and multinational brewers, opening the door to new products and will likely put downward pressure on prices.”  Ms Henderson said.


Currently, draught beer sold in kegs exceeding 48 litres is taxed at lower rates compared with beer sold in smaller kegs. This is unfair for smaller brewery businesses. Extending the concessional draught beer excise rates to kegs of 8 litres or more will level the playing field for craft brewers, which typically use smaller sized kegs, to distribute their beer to pubs, clubs and restaurants.

There are around 380 craft brewers in Australia located across each State and Territory, employing the equivalent of almost 2,400 people. These brewers are predominantly small businesses and could benefit both from the increase to the excise refund cap and extended access to the concessional draught beer excise rate.

There are also over 100 domestic distillers, supporting around 1,600 jobs that could benefit from the changes.


5 May 2018