About Organic Industries Australia
At the recent Love Organic symposium, Australia’s organic industries agreed to establish a new interim peak body that is the voice for Australia’s organic industries in regard to policy and market access.
140 industry delegates attended the Love Organic symposium in Canberra on 14 & 15 February. The symposium considered issues around establishing a unified peak body and also celebrated the finest quality organic produce.
Organic Industries of Australia is an incorporated association that will now perform the functions of the Australia Organic Industry Working Group (AOIWG) as a forum for consulting with Government on policy matters. The AOIWG was a collaboration of industry leaders from across Australia collaborating on establishing a harmonised national voice for all organic producers, certifiers and the supply chain.
The AOIWG considered a consultants’ report on this matter, A proposed roadmap for Australia’s organic industry: Considering options for the leadership of the industry, which was publicly released on 13 November 2017.
Organic Industries of Australia will also work with all organic leaders to consider various options for the establishment of a permanent peak body. These options include merging functions with Australian Organic Ltd, merging with the Organic Federation of Australia, and considering other actions to demonstrate unity of purpose across all certified organic operators.
The common vision of all organic operators was:
To create a unified voice for Australia’s organic industries to negotiate policy reforms with Governments and that helps the industry capitalise on the growing global demand for organic products.