what is an independent brewer?

The Independent Brewers Association defines an Independent Brewer as any brewer based in Australia:

  • which has aggregate beer sales <40M litres per calendar year
  • in which a brewer with aggregate beer sales of 40M+ litres per calendar year does not own more than a 20 per cent share
  • which does not itself hold more than a 20 per cent share in a brewery with aggregate beer sales of 40M+ litres per calendar year.

who are the independent brewers?

Independent Brewers are a small but increasingly significant part of the $6.5 billion Australian retail beer market. Independent Brewers:

  • constitute 97% of all licensed breweries
  • produce more than four per cent of the total volume of Australian beer, but a higher proportion of beer sales by value
  • are located all across Australia, with 65% of Independent Brewers located in rural and regional areas
  • sell their beers directly to the public, with 2/3 of Independent Brewers pouring beers through their own taprooms

Our industry is an agile, responsive ecosystem, where brewers are well supported by our supply chain colleagues and professional advisers to grow and develop their businesses and their offerings in step with demand.

For more information about Australian independent brewers download our 2018/2019 annual report

how much does it cost to be a member?

Please refer to our Membership Types page under the JOIN menu tab for all tiers of membership. 

what are my payment options?

  1. Pay now securely online using your credit card.
  2. Pay later via invoice.
  3. Monthly payment plan.
  4. Autopay. Automatically charges your credit card when your annual membership fees are due. 

For more information please read our Payment Information Sheet.

how do i access the independent seal artwork?

Use of the Independent Seal is available to brewers that:

  • Have a full membership with the Independent Brewers Association
  • Complete and sign the IP Licensing Agreement.

For Associate Members - suppliers and trade businesses, there is a Certified Independent Supporter Seal. It is available to you if;

  • Have a full membership with the Independent Brewers Association
  • Complete and sign the IP Licensing Agreement.

Registrations take approximately 2 business days to be finalised. If you need the artwork urgently please call IBA HQ on (03) 9417 3105

Refer to the Seal section in the menu item on iba.org.au to apply

do i need my artwork/labels approved prior to publication?

No, you are responsible for ensuring that your usage off the Seal meets the rules in the Usage Guidelines. 

does the iba produce point of sale materials?

Yes, the IBA has produced a set of collateral that is available to breweries and Supporters who sign up to use the seal. Digital assets are provided at no cost to License holders with a selection of POS available to purchase thanks to IBA's Associate Members.  

Contact Head of Marketing Maryann Separovic for these assets. 

how do i check if i am a current member?

The quickest way to check if your business is a current member is to search the Members Directory. If your membership is active, it will appear by default on this directory.

If you are still unsure please contact [email protected]

how do i cancel my membership?

You may cancel your membership at anytime. If your brewery or business is commercially operating your membership will remain active until your annual membership is due.

If your business has closed down and no longer operating then contact the IBA to arrange a part refund up until the date you request the cancellation.

For more information please contact the IBA on [email protected]

how do i use this website?

Please refer to the Website Assistance page under the menu tab THE IBA.