• Location
  • Person/s attending the audit

  • Auditor:

M1 Scope and Commitment

  • Has the scope of certification been defined by appropriate senior management

  • Are the business enterprises and activities undertaken recorded

  • Has a property map been documented and maintained.

  • Is a flowcharts completed that documents the activities for which certification is required

  • Does the property map identify property boundaries buildings and facilities including: property boundaries, roads, and surrounds (school, sports fields, residential, etc.) farm houses, buildings, sheds, on-farm roads and access points toilet facilities, septic tanks and seepage pads worker accommodation and facilities

  • Does the property map identify production areas and infrastructure including: vineyard blocks and other production areas bulk fuel storage, including underground tanks chemical storage areas, mixing areas, equipment clean-down areas, dip sites (livestock) and disposal trenches/evaporation ponds storage sites for waste, including controlled wastes (empty chemical containers awaiting collection, tyres) fertiliser and soil additive storage areas, composting/ageing and mixing/loading areas water sources, extraction points and delivery infrastructure drainage lines and discharge points

  • Does the property map identify environmentally sensitive areas.

  • Does it include workers responsible for the management of this Standard and workers responsible for the management of the Sustainability Action Plan

  • Is the organisational structure of the business documented

  • Is the organisational structure, roles and responsibilities reviewed at least annually, or when changes occur.

  • Has an appropriate senior manager signed a commitment statement to support and comply with: Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standard of Sustainable Practice

  • Has an appropriate senior manager signed a commitment statement to support and comply with: Freshcare Rules

  • Has an appropriate senior manager signed a commitment statement to support and comply with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia

  • Has an appropriate senior manager signed a commitment statement to support and comply with: Sustainability Action Plan

  • Has an appropriate senior manager signed a commitment statement to support and comply with Legislative requirements (including licensing and permits)

  • Has the commitment statement been communicated to all workers

  • Has the commitment statement been reviewed annually in conjunction with the Sustainability Action Plan

M2 Sustainability Action Planning

  • Has an assessment been conducted of the property and business operations to identify any business, community and environmental risks and assets

  • Has a Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) been established that documents the action(s) planned to address sustainability issues and protect assets.

  • Have actions been established to progress the SAP. Have these been recorded?

  • Has the Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) been reviewed and updated at least annually. Has the name of the person completing the review and the date of the review been documented

M3 Documentation

  • Is there a controlled copy of The current edition of the Standard and the Freshcare Rules

  • Is the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia trust mark managed in accordance with the guidelines and specifications for use

  • Are all records and documents required to verify compliance to this Standard legible and versioned.

  • Is the name of the person completing recorded, and date of completion added?

  • Are all documents being used the latest version.

  • Have all records been kept for a minimum of five (5) years (or longer if required by legislation or customers)

  • Has the defined Sustainable Winegrowing Australia business metrics and the best practice workbook been completed and reported annually.

M4 Training and Development

  • Has a management representative completed approved training.

  • Are workers trained who complete tasks relevant to this Standard

  • Has training been provided in the relevant language for workers and/or pictorially

  • Are records of all training recorded and kept?

  • Has a review of training and training needs been completed

  • Has the review of training been conducted at least annually or when tasks and/or workers change. Is a record is kept

  • It there signage or site instructions provided to all workers and visitors, includin information regarding: environmental priorities biosecurity and hygiene requirements site access and movement use of protective clothing and footwear (where required) emergency procedures general behaviour

M5 Suppliers

  • Have suppliers of materials and services been reviewed and approved, to demonstrate they comply with the applicable requirements of this Standard.

  • Are purchasing records kept for materials and services

  • Is a Competent laboratory used when testing is undertaken to verify compliance with requirements of the Standard

  • Are new planting materials purchased from approved suppliers and in consideration of legislation

  • Are wine grapes represented for sale by a certified business, sourced from a business currently certified to the Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standard of Sustainable Practice

M6 Customer and Regulatory Requirements

  • Have customer, regulatory body or legislation requires compliance with specific environmental, sustainable agriculture or greenhouse gas emission practice(s) been identified and actioned.

M7 Incident Management, Internal Audit, Corrective & Preventative Action

  • Has an incident management plan been established to support business continuity?

  • Does it include how to respond to, and recover from, an environmental incident

  • Is the incident management plan documented? Does it include potential environmental risks to business continuity strategies and practices to manage identified risks workers responsible for incident management contact details of internal and external stakeholders

  • Has a test of the incident management plan been conducted annually. A record is kept

  • Has the incident management plan been reviewed at least annually, and after any event requiring the incident management plan to be actioned. A record is kept

  • Has an internal audit of all activities and records relevant to this Standard been conducted at least annually. A record is kept

  • Have workers responsible for completing sections of the internal audit been identified and, where possible, are independent of the practices being assessed

  • Are Corrective Action Record (CAR) completed when the requirements of the Standard, Freshcare Rules or legislation are not being met.

  • Are non-compliances reviewed by the owner or appropriate senior manager. A record is kept

  • Are Corrective Action Records retained for a minimum period of five (5) years (or longer if required by legislation or customers)

  • Has the owner or appropriate senior manager conducted a management review of compliance at least annually. A record of the review is recorded.

E1 Biosecurity

  • Has a Biosecurity Management Program been documented

  • Have Biosecurity and hygiene requirements been reinforced with prominent signs and/or written or pictorial training guides

  • Is access to the property and growing sites restricted to authorised persons and vehicles including workers, visitors and contractors

  • Has the Biosecurity Management Program been reviewed and updated at least annually. The name of the person completing the review and the date of the review are documented

  • Is Worker and visitor behaviour is monitored for compliance with biosecurity and hygiene requirements

  • Are any unusual plant pest, disease or weed identified on the property must be reported to the relevant state or territory agriculture agency directly, or through the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline (1800 084 881)

  • Have Soil conservation and crop production practices are chosen to:minimise soil degradation, erosion, compaction and contamination optimise soil organic matter and fertility consistent with fruit quality objectives

  • Have areas been identified as being highly degraded, eroded or contaminated are: managed to minimise further degradation, erosion or contamination managed to minimise the release of soil and surface water run-off to water sources for contaminated soil, contained to minimise movement on and off-site

  • Are any remediation activities for areas identified for the above

  • Has a Nutrient Management Program been documented

  • Is the decision to use fertilisers and soil additives is based on one or more of the following: results of soil/plant tissue/sap testing crop monitoring with monitoring records kept a recognised nutrition program

  • Are the Worker(s) responsible for crop nutrition competent to make recommendations relevant to the crops under their management?

  • Is the Nutrient Management Program reviewed and updated at least annually. The name of the person completing the review and the date of the review are documented

  • Are fertilisers and soil additives purchased from suppliers that are managed in accordance with the supplier requirements

  • Do fertilisers and soil additives used comply with heavy metal limits specified in AS4454-2012 Composts, soil conditioners and mulches.

  • Are storage sites for fertilisers and soil additives located, constructed and maintained to minimise harm to off-target and sensitive areas from nutrient runoff or leaching

  • Are current Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or product specification/ ingredient declaration, kept for fertilisers and soil additives stored on the property

  • Are workers provided with appropriate protective equipment to be used in accordance with label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or Standard Work instructions

  • Are workers are trained in practices that minimise the risk of environmental contamination from fertilisers and soil additives

  • Is equipment used to apply fertilisers and soil additives maintained and checked for effective operation before and during each use

  • Is equipment used to apply fertilisers and soil additives calibrated at least annually or as per manufacturer’s instructions. A record of calibration is kept and must include:

  • Are fertilisers and soil additives not applied when the risk of contaminating off-target areas due to wind drift and/or runoff is high

  • Are records of all fertiliser and soil additive applications are kept

  • Has consideration been given to all available methods of pest and disease control (for example biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical, and technological) before a control program is chosen. A record of control methods used is kept

  • When necessary to apply agricultural chemicals, have those which are less hazardous to beneficial organisms and/or have a lower environmental impact must be considered

  • Are records kept of decision to apply chemiclas for pest or disease control.

  • Industry preventive control programs or phytosanitary specifications. Records must include an up-to-date copy of the industry program or phytosanitary specification

  • Are Chemicals purchased from approved suppliers and managed in accordance with the supplier requirements.

  • Are chemical containers adequately labelled and in acceptable condition on receival

  • Are all chemicals purchased recorded in a chemical inventory.

  • Is the chemical storage area located and constructed to minimise the risk of contaminating the site and surrounding environment

  • Is the store structurally sound, adequately lit, well-ventilated and constructed to protect chemicals from direct sunlight and weather exposure

  • Is it equipped with a spill kit to contain and manage chemical spills

  • Is it secure, with access restricted to authorised workers

  • Are chemicals stored in designated separate areas for each category of chemical, and for chemicals awaiting disposal

  • Is a current Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is kept for all chemicals stored in the chemical storage area

  • Are chemicals stored in original containers according to directions on the container label. If a chemical is transferred to another container for storage purposes, the new container is a clean chemical container and a copy of the chemical label is transferred to the new container

  • Are deteriorating chemical labels replaced immediately with a legible copy

  • Are stored chemicals checked at least annually to identify and segregate chemicals for disposal that: have exceeded the label expiry date have exceeded the permit expiry date have had their registration withdrawn containers that are leaking or corroded or have illegible labels

  • Are unusable chemicals and empty chemical containers are legally disposed of through registered collection agencies, or in approved off-farm disposal areas. A record of disposal is kept

  • Have all workers involved in the supervision of storage, handling, application, and disposal of chemicals successfully completed a recognised chemical users’ course

  • Are workers authorised to store, handle, apply and/or dispose of chemicals trained in practices that minimise the risk of environmental contamination from chemicals and in actions to be taken in the event of chemical spills, leakage, or spray drift

  • Are workers authorised to store, handle, apply and/or dispose of chemicals provided appropriate protective equipment to be used in accordance with label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements

  • Is a register of workers authorised to store, handle, apply and/or dispose of chemicals is maintained and displayed

  • Are chemicals used and applied: according to label directions, or under ‘off-label permits’ issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), with a current copy of the permit kept, or according to relevant state legislation for ‘off-label use’, and according to specific customer and/or destination market requirements

  • Are chemicals not applied when the risk of contaminating off-target areas with spray drift is high

  • Are spray drift incidents identified. A record is kept

  • Is chemical application equipment maintained and checked for effective operation before and during each use

  • Is chemical application equipment calibrated at least annually or as per manufacturer’s instructions and immediately after spray nozzles are replaced

  • Is chemical application equipment calibrated using a recognised method. A record of calibration is kept and must include:

  • Are Chemical mixing areas located, constructed, and maintained to minimise the risk of contaminating the site and surrounding environment

  • Are leftover chemical solutions are disposed of according to label directions where specified, or in a manner that minimises environmental harm

  • Are the records of all chemical applications are kept

E3 Emergency Response

  • Has the potential for spills ot the environment been assessed?

  • Is spill control equipment available for use?

  • Are emergency contact numbers available?

  • Are emergency wardens identified and trained?

  • Are emergecny responses tested annually?

E4 Water

  • Has a Water Management Program been documented

  • Have Irrigation requirements been determined using soil/growing medium, crop or weather monitoring methods, or a combination thereof

  • Has the Water Management Program been reviewed in consideration of improvement strategies and updated at least annually. The name of the person completing the review and the date of the review are documented

  • Have water use improvement strategies been identified and are documented in the Sustainability Action Plan

  • Are all water sources used for irrigation been identified. A record is kept

  • Irrigation systems are monitored and maintained for operational efficiency

  • Has water efficiency been considered in the selection and design of new irrigation systems and water storages

  • Are water extraction points, water storage and delivery infrastructure and irrigation equipment been monitored and maintained

  • Are applicable licences and permits for infrastructure and activities in water harvesting, extraction, storage, use, and discharge current

  • Is water used for irrigation is assessed for risk of causing soil degradation

  • Is water runoff or water discharge from property activities managed or treated to minimise environmental harm on and off-site

  • Are strategies implemented to prevent contamination and sedimentation of water sources

E5 Biodiversity

  • Has a Biodiversity Management Program been established using strategies and practices to: protect areas of biodiversity identified on the property map reduce threatening processes manage feral animals, invasive species, pests, environmental weeds, and disease(s) on the property

  • Is the Biodiversity Management Program documented

  • Is the Biodiversity Management Program reviewed and updated annually. The name of the person completing the review and the date of the review are documented

  • Biodiversity protection and improvement strategies are developed with consideration of regional biodiversity priorities

  • Are any improvement strategies identified in the above point documented in the Sustainability Action Plan ?

E6 Waste

  • Has a Waste Management Program been documented

  • Are workers provided with appropriate protective equipment to be used in accordance with the Waste Management Program

  • Is waste that cannot be avoided, reused, or recycled, disposed of in approved off-site facilities

  • Are records of waste transport and disposal of controlled wastes kept, and suppliers of these services are managed in accordance with supplier requirements

  • Are all stored waste is managed to minimise the risk of contaminating onsite and off-site areas

  • Is the Waste Management Program reviewed in consideration of improvement strategies and updated at least annually. The name of the person completing the review and the date of the review are documented

  • Are waste management improvement strategies identifie documented in the Sustainability Action Plan

  • Are raw material inputs, size, quantity/weight, the potential for reuse or recycling, and the residual waste product must be considered in the selection of input materials

  • Has a review of input materials undertaken at least annually, to prioritise the reduction of plastic waste

  • Are Ssuppliers of input materials are managed in accordance with supplier requirements

E7 Air Quality

  • Is an Air Quality Management Program documented

  • Are workers are provided appropriate protective equipment to be used in accordance with the Air Quality Management Program

  • Is the Air Quality Management Program reviewed in consideration of improvement strategies and updated at least annually. The name of the person completing the review and the date of the review are documented

  • Have air quality improvement strategies identified in the above point documented in the Sustainability Action Plan

E8 Energy and Fuel

  • Is energy and fuel efficiency is optimised throughout the production system

  • Is energy and fuel efficiency considered in the selection and/or design of new premises, vehicles, machinery, and equipment

  • Are efficient operating practices for premises, vehicles, machinery, and equipment identified and implemented

  • Are Servicing and maintenance records kept for vehicles, machinery, and equipment

  • Is electricity and fuel consumption reviewed at least annually, in consideration of improvement strategies for use

  • Are electricity and fuel use improvement strategies identified in the above point and documented in the Sustainability Action Plan

  • Is bulk fuel is stored to minimise environmental harm

  • Are bulk fuel storages located, constructed, and maintained to minimise the risk of environmental contamination and contain spillage

  • Is a current Safety Data Sheet (SDS) kept for all bulk fuel stored on the property

  • Are workers provided appropriate protective equipment to be used in accordance with Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements

  • Are suppliers of bulk fuel are managed in accordance with the supplier requirements

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  • Signature of person completing the audit

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