About the Australian Organic Industry Working Group

The Australian Organic Industry Working Group consists of industry leaders from across Australia collaborating on establishing a harmonised national voice for all organic producers, certifiers and the supply chain.

The AOIWG was formed following a round of consultations with the office of the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on how to increase the competitiveness of the organic sector.

Melbourne Workshop Outcomes

4 & 5 December 2017

It was agreed that the AOIWG will meet again in Canberra in February with a view to taking a decision to establish a new peak body by 30 June 2018.

In conjunction with that meeting, an organic industry showcase will be held at Parliament House. The date is to be confirmed, but likely 14 February.

An Executive Committee and several sub-committees were formed, and nominations were called, to deal with the business of the AOIWG. Policy Partners will provide executive support to the committees and project management.
 

An Organic Industry Roadmap

13 November 2017

A roadmap was released that would establish a new peak body for the organic industry. Developed after five months of consultation, the Australian Organic Industry Working Group (AOIWG) is seeking more broad-based industry participation in assessing the two most promising options. But either option would need to be governed by a diverse member council, that would be more representative of the industry than simply a Board.

Consultations revealed a desire for a new peak body that can effectively represent the interests of the broader industry and overcome the leadership divisions and absence of vision which has characterised the industry.

The highest policy priority of grassroots operators was improved domestic market integrity. There are clear failings in current regulatory arrangements, leading to poor outcomes for many organic producers and consumers.

The industry needs to act strategically and with single purpose, choose its battles clearly, and develop alliances across supply chains and with like-minded organisations to pursue its interests.
 

Tweed Heads Workshop Outcomes

1 & 2 August 2017

The Working Group agreed to undertake some regional consultations across Australia to determine the level of support for a harmonised voice for the organic industry and the services that might be provided. Details will be announced in coming weeks.

A clear and harmonised industry voice is seen by industry leaders as necessary to underpin continued strong growth.

The Working Group also discussed ways to protect the integrity of the certified organic system, in the interests of both businesses and consumers. Integrity is important for improving access to domestic and international markets.

The Working Group was formed following a round of consultations with the office of the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on how to increase the competitiveness of Australia's organic sector.