Supporting our industry: announcing the Hospitality Education Grant

With on-premise venues being forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Sommeliers Australia is pleased to announce its support of the hard-hit hospitality industry through the development of the Hospitality Education Grant. The Hospitality Education Grant aims to help keep morale high by giving hospitality professionals the opportunity to increase their wine … Continued

Managing your mental health in a pandemic

While the country makes promising moves in flattening the curve and venues are told to prepare to reopen, it’s still too early to know when things will turn around and get back to normal, and even then, what this will look like at first. We all know it won’t be an easy flick of a … Continued

Updated COVID-19 resources for hospitality

In addition to the Government resource links posted here on 1 April, here are some additional links to resources that hospitality staff and their employers might find useful:   Restaurant & Catering Association Coronavirus Information Hub http://rca.asn.au/rca/coronavirus-information-hub/   Australian Government – Emergency Assistance and Support Over-the-phone support and information during the coronavirus pandemic https://www.australia.gov.au/phone-contacts   … Continued

The COVIDSafe app & hospitality re-opening

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison appealed to the Australian public, telling them that they should download the COVIDSafe app if they want to go back to the pub (or restaurant, or cafe) … The COVIDSafe app helps government health officials quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, by speeding up the … Continued

ATO’s tax return guidelines for hospitality workers

It’s tax time and in the current climate of venue lockdown, that could mean a crucial refund for many hospitality workers. So it’s important to know what you can and can’t claim for. The ATO has issued a work-related expense guide for hospitality workers outlining the work-related expenses that you may be able to claim … Continued

UPDATE – 2021 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship

16 April – UPDATE Due to the global impact of COVID-19 and the implications for the international on-premise community, the New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship has been postponed this year. This is very much a postponement, not a cancellation, and we look forward to welcoming the next cohort of international “Sommiteers” to New Zealand as … Continued

For current & potential WSET students – COVID-19 updates

As the situation with COVID-19 is constantly evolving, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) has created a dedicated ‘WSET COVID-19 Updates’ page. The page will be updated regularly with information regarding the impact of Coronavirus on the delivery of WSET courses and qualifications. If you are currently enrolled in a WSET course or considering … Continued

Government resources during COVID-19

Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, the efforts of Australian Federal and State Governments to slow the spread of this deadly virus, have intensified. Unfortunately, the relatively unknown nature of the COVID-19 virus means that information is changing on a daily basis – with everyone … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 candidate registration extended to 15 May 2020

Due to the Australian Government Stage 3 response to COVID-19, candidate registration for Best Sommelier of Australia has been extended once again. Registration now closes 5pm, Friday 15 May. The Stage 1 | Entrance Exam has also been rescheduled for Monday 22 June (should Government advice allow).   The Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition registration extended

Due to COVID-19, the registration date has been extended until 5pm, Tuesday 31 March.   The Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition is an endeavour to highlight the exceptional service and knowledge standards achieved by the professional sommelier community working within Australia. Conducted by the Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee every three years, the competition will … Continued