Consumers, organic farmers, food manufacturers and exporters are encouraged to have their say on improving Australia’s domestic organic regulatory framework.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said an upcoming consultation will focus on potential regulatory or non-regulation options across the supply chain, including small businesses.
“My department already regulates the export of Australian organic produce to overseas markets. This consultation will focus on regulatory and non-regulatory options to manage the importation, production, and sale of organic products within Australia. We want to support growth in the industry, as well as give consumers the confidence the products they purchase are genuinely organic,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Improving the regulatory framework will focus on growing our industry, improving market access, minimising red tape, and saving money.
“Australia’s organics industry creates jobs, particularly in rural and regional areas, and contributes to the broader agriculture sector’s goal of a $100 billion industry by 2030.
“It’s not just great organic Aussie food, our industry also produces textiles, cosmetics, and other products. Improving the regulatory framework will focus on growing our industry, improving market access, reducing red tape, and saving money.
“Earlier this year I asked the Organics Industry Advisory Group to explore a range of options to advance Australia’s domestic regulatory framework. I want to be clear about the costs, and what will work best for the organics industry.
“My department’s consultation process will consider the views of all concerned and provide a better understanding of the sector. There will be opportunities for everyone to have their say through a consultation Regulation Impact Statement.”