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Postby dutchy88 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:44 am

Gday all,
So after researching can someone confirm my theory on what I obtained as far as distilling spirits in Australia particually NSW if your still is a 5 L capacity or less its legal anything over that its illegal unless your registered with the correct authorities.

Appreciate the help
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Re: australian distilling laws

Postby googe » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:08 am

From what I've read about, it's legal for any size if producing alcohol without a license. http://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Excise/I ... nt-(stills)/
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Re: australian distilling laws

Postby dutchy88 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:17 am

Do you meqn illegal not legal?
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Postby googe » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:22 am

Opps!, it's illegal by the look of that link.
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Postby Brendan » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:57 am

In Australia, it is legal to own a still with a boiler with a volume of 5L or less for the purpose of extracting essential oils or distilling water.

The distillation of alcohol is completely illegal :thumbdown:
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Re: australian distilling laws

Postby Jacksonbrown » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:56 pm

What do we do if we want things changed?
Is there an organisation or committee working on this, or any kind of group of like minded Aussies?

What can we take from other country's that have achieved something positive?

I haven't looked into this at all but if the ball isn't rolling we should get it started.
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Postby badbird » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:15 am

Generally it takes commercial interests with deep pockets to pay lobbyists.
I'm not sure that right now is the time to push too hard with all the bad publicity from alcohol related violence at the Cross etc. etc.
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Postby Jacksonbrown » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:55 pm

If we wanted to get commercial interests to bare some of the load we could involve equipment and consumable suppliers as it would be in their interests. Still Spirits etc

Don't underestimate what a relatively small group if individuals can do when they get organised. I've seen other orgs achieve great things against seemingly overwhelming odds.

Regardless of your personal politics most can see that a union works for its members.


Now may not be the right time lobby but is there at least some sort of collective in Au??
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Postby googe » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:08 pm

Do some.googling jb, be interesting to I line, I might have a look around later. I've found it's very hush hush in aus, we don't have the heritage like other countries either. I wanted to try distilling when I was in my early 20's but I couldn't find much info about it (no internet back then) and everyone kept saying, oh it's very hard and not many people do it, only bad people lol. When you look at the Aussie forums there's quite a few doing it than I'd ever realise if I didn't have access to them.
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Re: australian distilling laws

Postby Rothematosis » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:10 pm

Thought I'd bring back an old post.

Do we still have no active organisations or groups working for the legalisation or decriminalisation of home distilling in Australia?

Another question I've been considering.. It is illegal to distill ethanol regardless of its use, but as someone who works in the automotive industry, if the intended use is for fuel, would the punishments be less severe?
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Postby thecroweater » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:38 pm

More, evasion of fuel excise, you don't want the ATO on your case. Those bastards will hunt you down over a dollarif they got wind of it.
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Re: australian distilling laws

Postby Yummyrum » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:14 pm

Yup . It's even illegal to make your own Bio diesel unless you pay the excise tax due on it .
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