Changes to fees

Over the last 12 months Australian Organic has focused heavily on reducing expenditure, securing additional income streams and building the foundations of a first class service provider.

As a result we are pleased to announce significant changes to our fee structure for the year ahead. The changes should see a reduction in costs for over 70% of Australian Certified Organic clients and see no increase in base certification costs for all.

These improvements came about because we listened to and consulted with our members and clients. Our team, your board and the advisory members have turned your feedbackinto tangible benefits for our organisation. Thank you for your involvement and interest.

The cornerstone of this new fee structure is the removal of the unpopular and time consuming Promotional Contribution Scheme (PC). The PC scheme will cease to exist once all payments for the current financial year, due by 31 July 2014, are collected. This scheme will be replaced by a very simple and user friendly Industry Development Levy (IDL). It will allow Australian Organic to continue to develop the certified organic industry through promotions, advocacy, product testing and education.

Industry Development Levy (IDL)

This is a tier based system that removes the need for you to complete associated paperwork. All you need to do is simply select the appropriate tier at your next audit. The IDL will also see a reduction in costs to most clients. Further details over the page.

Certification costs

Through improved efficiencies, investment in new technology and a focus on growth, base certification costs will remain unchanged for the second year running.

Partnership with Horticulture Australia Ltd

Part of the overhaul of our financial model, as directed by board, has been to secure alternative sources of income to ease reliance on levies. As such, we have entered into a partnership with Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL) for a three year, $1.2 million project – of which HAL will contribute 40%. We will;

  • Employ a full time Industry Development Officer
  • Produce the Australian Organic Market Report 2014 and 2016
  • Expand and improve our electronic newsletter, website and social media

Please give Australian Organic a call us if you have any questions about this or other matters 07 3350 5716.

Click here to see the industry development levy schedule.