Thank you for supporting the Hospitality Education Grant!

The Hospitality Education Grant has been developed to enable individuals and businesses, wanting to support the hospitality industry during COVID-19, the opportunity to help fund WSET Level 1 Award in Wines or Level 1 Award in Spirits courses for eligible students. An inspiring number of individuals and businesses have already shown their support of the … Continued

ASI Diploma results announced – Australia gets Gold in 2020!

On Monday 2 March, 14 national sommelier associations organised the ASI Diploma certification exam for 74 candidates. A total of 74 candidates took part in the 2020 exam and 52 of them were successful. This shows a great level of progression in candidates preparation since the ASI Diploma was introduced. Let’s not forget that becoming … Continued

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

Wine education programmes – free & online!

Many of us currently have some spare time on our hands. Why not put that time to good use, and expand your wine knowledge!? Here are two free, in depth and online wine education programmes to get your minds back to work: Wine Australia – Australian Wine Discovered: Comité Champagne – Champagne-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): … 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   Australian Government – Emergency Assistance and Support Over-the-phone support and information during the coronavirus pandemic   … 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