Authorized Government Agency(s):
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
The Role of the ACCC
The ACCC is a statutory authority responsible for ensuring compliance to the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA). While it is not the ACCC's role to police the Australian Standard as it is a voluntary measure, the ACCC sees the standard as assisting it in two key areas of its enforcement activity.
The first is ensuring that where a representation is made about complying with a standard, this representation is not misleading and deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive.
The second area in which the ACCC may reference the standard is as an indicator of the requirements of organic production more broadly if, for instance, a claim is made that a product is ‘organic' without any reference to a specific standard.
Agency(s) Contact Information:
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Phone: 1800 900 090
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Offices located Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Townsville.
Telephone: +61 2 6243 1305
Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:
Australia's National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce provides Australia's main consumer regulatory authority the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with a platform for enhanced consumer protection of organic product using the existing Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA).
Date of Implementation: 2009
Regulation and/or Standard Scope:
The Australian Standard is a base or reference standard. This means that Certifiers can still keep their own standards or use Australia's National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce, which was initially developed for products exported from Australia.
The Australian Standard outlines the minimum requirements to be met by growers and manufacturers wishing to label their products 'organic' and 'biodynamic'. It establishes an agreed set of procedures to be followed for the production, preparation, transportation, marketing and labeling of organic and biodynamic products, including food and processed food.