The three streams of certification available within Australian Organic are
Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is the larger of the two certification streams and is Australia’s premier auditing, certifying, and licensing company of organic and biodynamic operators. ACO certification covers producers, processors, wholesalers, packers, retailers and restaurants.
Certification with ACO allows operators to utilise the most well known organic certification mark in Australia, the Bud logo along with the words ‘Australian Certified Organic’. Australian Organic Certification gives you access to more markets around the world than any other organic certification.
Certification with ACO is necessary for businesses that wish to export or sell certified organic on a larger scale.
ACO offers market access to a wide range of international markets including Japan, US, Canada and Europe.
ACO administers a rigorous standard for organic production prescribed in the Australian Certified Organic Standard (published by Australian Organic). The majority of organic products sold in Australia carry the ACO Bud logo, providing an assurance of organic integrity to consumers and traders.
Australian Organic Registered Products
Some products, such as agricultural inputs, bottled water, salt and cosmetics cannot be certified organic (they are not grown from soil) but they can carry an ‘Australian Certified Organic allowed input’ or ‘Australian Certified Organic approved product’ label to indicate their suitability for use in organic systems and as products that don’t contain synthetic ingredients.
Organic Growers of Australia (OGA)
Smaller primary producers who sell products primarily at local and farmers markets or at the farm-gate may be more suited to gaining certification with the Organic Growers of Australia Small Producers Program (OGA).
Organic Growers of Australia is Australia’s first certification service to specifically cater to the needs of small-scale organic producers, and the OGA program is designed to eliminate unnecessary administration and costs for small producers who service niche domestic markets only.
See aco.net.au for more information.