An Organics Industry Advisory Group representing producers, manufacturers, exporters, importers and retailers will be established to ensure our regulatory framework is fit-for-purpose going forward.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said that the Australian Government remains responsive to the needs of industry and will investigate the potential to improve current regulations to facilitate industry development.
“Australia’s organics industry contributes around AUD$2.6 billion to the Australian economy each year and is projected to grow strongly over the next five years, with revenue forecast to increase at an annualised rate of 15.1 per cent through to 2024-25,” Minister Littleproud said.
“With a huge amount of organic agricultural land, Australia is well placed to take advantage of the global organic market, which is already worth over USD$97 billion. This is only set to grow due to rising consumer demand.
“Improving the regulatory framework should be focused on growing our organic industry, improving market access with other countries, especially our major trading partners, and reducing the need for multiple accreditations from different countries – reducing regulatory burden and saving money.”
“That is why I have asked my department to establish an Organics Industry Advisory Group to look at ways the regulatory system can support domestic and export producers.”
“The group’s members have a broad range of skills and expertise from across the organic supply chain.”