Restructure announced for Australian Organic

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 22nd November 2017

Australian Organic Ltd has announced a restructure that will see it become a stand-alone, member owned, not-for-profit industry service group.

The purpose of the new structure is to enable the organics industry to more effectively lobby for legislation change and to gain greater and simpler access to international markets for export.

The decision to move to the new structure was made at last week’s Australian Organic Annual General Meeting with an unopposed yes vote received.

The move is supported by former Senator, Nick Xenophon, who said there are two main organic industry issues that need to be resolved.

“One is the absence of domestic legislation, which would fully protect the organic attribution claims of legitimate, industry standard-abiding business people who invest in building up their own organic brands and business,” Xenophon said.

“The second is the effective enforcement of claims that are patently not in compliance with the nationally agreed, clearly articulated organic standard.”

Newly appointed General Manager of Australian Organic Group, Emily Arnold, said the launch of the new structure will allow the group to collaborate, support and represent the

industry more broadly.

“We are working to ensure we are unified in one national standard, which means we will be a stronger voice to lobby government and we will continue to maintain our strong focus on education and protection of the industry,” Arnold said.


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