Improving access to premium markets for organic products

​​​​​​​​As affluence in international markets rises, so does demand for premium products like organics. Access to premium markets is one of the most important ways we can grow our agricultural industries.

The department and industry have developed an action plan to improve access to premium markets for organics.  The action plan is composed of three elements:

  • reviewing the regulations and standards that underpin exports
  • creating a national voice for the organic sector
  • developing an organics market access strategy

Get involved and share your ideas on how we can improve access to premium markets for organic products.

Current engagements

Organic export orders review​

We are seeking your feedback on changing the current approach to regulation and standards for the export of organic products.

Make a submission by completing the questionnaire or uploading your own document.

Have your say​​

Consultation is open until 23 February 2018.

This is part of the review of the Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders (Organic Orders). We have engaged Deloitte to prepare the review.

Deloitte will use the information gathered through the public consultation for its assessment of the impact of different regulatory options.

Please save the date for a public event on 14 and 15 February 2018 in Canberra.​

Roadmap consultation 

Creating a unified national voice for organic agriculture is an important part of improving international market access.

Industry has appointed a consultancy firm Policy Partners to propose a roadmap to achieve this.

You can now comment on the roadmap consultation paper through the Organic Industries’ website.

Completed engagement activities

During September–December 2016, we led a process of preliminary discussions with the organic industry to test the interest in working together to increase the competitiveness of the Australian organics sector.

These initial discussions led to:

  • workshops at the Australian Parliament House (on 8 December 2016 and 30 January 2017)
  • release of a discussion paper, Accessing Premium Markets: Australian Organics, for public comment
  • formation of the independent working group  with an independent chair, Mr Greg McNamara, appointed by the then Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in February 2017 to develop the action plan
  • discussions with the independent working group steering committee on 9 June 2017 and 2 November 2017 to finalise the action plan.


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