Becoming a recognised person

Learn the application process and requirements for becoming recognised as a person who can perform verification under the Wine Act 2003.

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

  • section 70 of the Wine Act
  • clause 13 of the Wine (Recognised Agencies and Persons) Notice 2017

Wine Act 2003

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.

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.

WA7 – Recognised person [PDF, 552 KB]

Completing the WA7 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.

Find out more about payments 

Demonstrating winemaking and legal 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.

Verifier assessment questions [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.

Submitting 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.

Providing copies of 3 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.

Demonstrating you are a fit and proper person

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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