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.
Organic Orders Review
Deloitte has been engaged to prepare a review of export regulation and standards for organic products.
Public submissions were sought between 22 December 2017 and 23 February 2018. Deloitte will use the public submissions for its assessment of the impact of different regulatory options.
The results will be published in the second half of 2018.
Creating a unified national voice for organic agriculture is an important part of improving international market access.
On 15 February 2018 the new interim peak body, Organic Industries Australia, announced a vision:
- to create a permanent unified voice for Australia’s organic industries
- to negotiate policy reforms with Governments that help the industry capitalise on the growing global demand for organic products.
Further information on upcoming engagements on a national voice for organics can be found on the Organic Industries website.
Australian Organics Industry Export Strategy
The Australian organics industry is developing a new five year export strategy. The Australian Government is matching industry investment, up to $100,000.
Industry representatives will consult on the strategy. We expect this to happen in the second half of 2018.
Our support for this project is part of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper’s Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation grant program (ATMAC).
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.
- seeking your feedback on changing the current approach to regulation and standards for the export of organic products. The public submission period was from 22 December 2017 – 23 February 2018.
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