Apply to be a person recognised to verify Wine Standards Management Plans (WSMP)

Criteria and how to apply to become a person recognised to verify Wine Standards Management Plans (WSMPs) under the Wine Act 2003.

Criteria to become a WSMP verifier

If you wish to become a verifier, that is, a recognised person, you must meet the criteria in:

  • section 73 of the Wine Act
  • Part 3.1 of the Wine (Recognised Agencies and Persons) Notice 2017

Criteria to become a WSMP verifier - section 73, Wine Act 2003

Criteria to become a WSMP verifier - see Part 3.1, Wine (Recognised Agencies and Persons) Notice 2017 [PDF, 365 KB]

You must demonstrate that you are a 'fit and proper' person to perform verification functions and activities, in terms of your:

  • competencies and resources
  • character or reputation
  • ability to remain impartial and independent.

Apply to become a recognised WSMP verifying person

To become a recognised person, you need to submit to MPI:

  • a completed recognised person application form (WA7) with payment
  • information that demonstrates your knowledge of winemaking and of regulatory requirements
  • a completed verifier assessment questionnaire
  • copies of your audit qualifications
  • copies of 3 recent audit reports
  • information that demonstrates that you are a 'fit and proper' person.

Apply to become a person recognised to verify WSMPs: Form WA7 [PDF, 552 KB]

Completing the WA7 application form

When you complete the form, you must disclose any convictions. This gives MPI written authority to obtain a report from the police of any recorded convictions. Convictions relating to crimes of dishonesty are particularly relevant. Convictions for other types of offences may also be relevant depending on the type of offence, its severity and the length of time since conviction. All information remains confidential.

Your completed form must be accompanied by a fee when you send it to MPI. You can find where to send your application and the fee and on the WA7 form.

Winemaking and Wine Act knowledge

As part of your application, you need to demonstrate that you have:

  • a technical understanding of winemaking
  • knowledge of the regulatory system under the Wine Act.

All applicants must complete the verifier assessment questions to demonstrate their competence and an understanding of MPI requirements under clauses 13(2)(c) and (d) of the Wine (Recognised Agencies and Persons) Notice 2010. Your relevant experience may include:

  • work in winery
  • winemaking
  • oenological qualifications
  • attendance at a MPI workshop for verifiers.

Winemaking and Wine Act knowledge assessment [PDF, 217 KB]

If your application is unsuccessful, MPI reserves the right to determine acceptance of any subsequent application on a case-by-case basis. You may be asked for additional evidence to support your suitability for a re-assessment.

Audit qualifications

Acceptable audit qualifications include:

  • certified by a Joint Accreditation System Australia/New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) accredited body
  • an audit course recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • an NZQA unit standard in auditing at level 6 or above
  • any alternative approved by MPI as a generally equivalent auditing qualification.

Three recent audit reports

By providing 3 recent audit reports, you can demonstrate your satisfactory performance as an auditor. The audit reports may be from any area, but remove any commercially sensitive information.

Fit and proper person: 2 referees

To meet this requirement you must provide the name and contact details of 2 referees, who are then contacted by MPI.

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