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Drinks Association continues all services during COVID-19

April 1, 2020
By Alana House

As the drinks industry evolves and adapts during these uncertain times, it’s important that our members continue to receive the information they require, without delay.

Recognising the critical nature of Drinks Association services to your businesses, we are continuing to provide the consistently high quality services and support you expect.

These services are even more vital in the current environment. The Liquor Licence and Retail Banner Database, for example, offers valuable insights as we see disruption in the on premise. It’s also critical that your business closely monitors any changes in retail banners, given the significantly higher trading occurring in the off premise.

If you have any queries regarding our Core or Premium services during COVID-19, email Kylie Le Lievre at

New renumeration provider announced

Our Industry Renumeration Survey is also entering an exciting new phase.

The Drinks Association recently undertook a tender process to identify a new Remuneration provider for members, resulting in the successful appointment of Mercer.

We are currently working with member Human Resources Directors and Compensation & Benefits Teams during the transition, and aim to go live with the new partnership in July.

Workgroups & forums switch to virtual meetings

All Forums and Workgroups have moved to a virtual format until further notice.

The Advantage Workgroup met on Wednesday, March 18, via video conference to discuss the 2020 program.

Recognising the current environment we are operating in, Advantage is currently working on impacts to the program on a global scale and will advise of impacts once known.

Knowing that collaboration and engagement are more critical in times of crisis, one adjustment to content will be the collection of feedback on collaboration during a crisis situation.

These responses will provide the opportunity to isolate and provide direct feedback on the management of our current environment, as well as understand to what degree this impacts business-as-usual feedback.

The next forum in the Drinks Association calendar is the Credit Manager Forum, which will meet via webinar on April 8.

With on-premise venues recently forced to close due to government restrictions and numerous liquor licence movements nationally, we would highly recommend Credit Managers attend the upcoming webinar.

Meanwhile, HRD Forum members are meeting weekly to share ideas and answer questions on how to manage the current COVID-19 environment.

Contact Rachel Wormald at for more information or further inquiries regarding Forums & Workgroups.

The Inclusive Leadership Program will also move to a virtual format in May, should social distancing measures still be in place. Our partner Serendis has made adjustments to the program to ensure it can be delivered virtually and has already tested the approach successfully with other partners.

Daily news updates during COVID-19

Drinks Trade – the Drinks Association’s trade publication and website – is continuing to keep the industry informed through daily drinks news updates, weekly newsletters and its quarterly magazine.

Drinks Trade offers an environment to share how your company is lending a hand during the pandemic and conducting business during the altered trading environment.

The Drinks Trade website is edited by Alana House at while Drinks Trade magazine is edited by Melissa Parker at

Contact Ashley Pini at for advertising enquiries for Drinks Guide and the Drinks Trade Winter Edition.