Independent performance review

Summary of recommendations

To help build deeper engagement with our stakeholders and demonstrate how we deliver value, Wine Australia has implemented the recommendations of an Independent Performance Review conducted by Forest Hill Consulting.

Forest Hill made 11 recommendations, 2 of which were rated important and 9 of which were rated better practice.

Recommendation

Priority

Response

Plan for implementation

Timeframe

1. The Wine Australia Board should consider an externally-facilitated Board performance review during the life of each Board, perhaps at the two-year mark.

Better practice

Agree

Wine Australia will commission an externally facilitated Board performance review two years into the Board members’ term.

Complete

Executive Summary

2. The Board of Wine Australia should consider discussing with government the convention by which the appointment of the CEO of Wine Australia is ratified by Cabinet.

Better practice

Agree

On behalf of the Board, the Wine Australia Chair will write to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

Complete

3. Wine Australia should continue with its current evaluation processes for Priority 2 of the Strategic Plan but also continue to look for additional measures to allow comparison of key practices and costs with competitive countries.

Important

Agree

As part of the current evaluation processes, a review will be conducted measuring adoption rates of the 10 identified grapegrowing and winemaking practices. 

Additional measures will be considered.

Complete

4. Wine Australia should publish quantitative data showing its RD&E investment portfolio balance in each of its AOPs (indicative planned), Annual Reports (actual for the year) and Performance Evaluation Reports.

Better practice

Agree

Quantitative data showing Wine Australia’s RD&E investment portfolio will be included in future AOPs, Annual Reports and Performance Evaluation Reports

Complete (in Annual Operational Plan 2019–20)

5. Wine Australia should review the way it manages extension and adoption of R&D outcomes and consider whether a more structured approach is required.

Better practice

Agree

Wine Australia is conducting a review of extension and adoption.

Complete

6. Wine Australia should upgrade its evaluation framework, in association with the development of the next Strategic Plan, to provide much more detailed information about how monitoring, evaluation and reporting will be conducted.

Important

Agree

Wine Australia will update the evaluation framework to provide more detailed information about how monitoring, evaluation and reporting will be conducted. This will be done in association with the next Strategic Plan.

Complete

7. Wine Australia should take the opportunity from the future availability of a levy-payer register to enhance its direct engagement with grapegrowers, and in particular, to continue to build its relationship with inland associations.

Better practice

Agree

Wine Australia has received Ministerial approval to establish a grape and wine sector levy payer register and is working with the Department.

This will be a key support to build relations with all growers.

Separately, senior management continue regular meetings with the inland wine regions.

Complete

 

 

Complete

8. Wine Australia should consider enhancing its performance reporting by developing case studies or other mechanisms for making outcomes more relatable to the average levy payer.

Better practice

Agree

Case studies are being developed as part of the review of adoption rates of the 10 identified grapegrowing and winemaking practices (see Recommendation 3).

Complete

9. Wine Australia should make all documents relevant to performance reporting, including detailed impact assessments, available on its website in a separate, clearly identified ‘Performance Evaluation’ section.

Better practice

Agree

A new section has been added to the Wine Australia website at wineaustralia.com/about-us/performance-and-reporting and the performance and reporting information migrated to it.

Complete

10. Wine Australia should continue to report publicly the benchmarked measures of its marketing and promotion activities against the results from prior years. It should also investigate how measures of marketing and promotion activities can be incorporated into structured impact assessment methodology of RD&E projects for ex-post assessment, either using the existing methodology or investigating development of an economic partial equilibrium model.

Better practice

Agree

Wine Australia will report benchmarked measures of marketing and promotion activities compared with prior years.

 

Wine Australia has commissioned a benefit–cost analysis of its marketing activities.

Complete

(Annual Report 2018–19 and Performance Evaluation Report 2018–19)

Complete Final Report

11. Wine Australia should consider broadening its annual stakeholder survey to collect more information on stakeholder perceptions of its performance.

Better practice

Agree

Wine Australia has expanded its annual stakeholder survey to collect more information on stakeholder perceptions of its performance and will include those on the levy payer register in future stakeholder surveys.

Complete

 

 

 


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