• What is the history of the Australian Organic ‘Bud’ logo?

    Australian Organic Ltd (AOL) is the peak industry body representing Australian certifiers and certified operators. AOL has played a major role in the organic industry since 1987 and is Australia's largest member owned, not-for-profit organisation. AOL has been a major force in ensuring organic standards in Australia remain robust and are in line with global export markets.

    AOL established an organic certification scheme to independently verify that farmers and processors were producing in accord with those standards and introduced the leading organic certification ‘Bud’ logo. This symbol ensures the integrity of organic products in the marketplace for consumers and is recognised by more than 50% of Australian consumers. The Bud logo was initially designed in 1989 by Rosemary Dunn of South Australia, one of Australian Organic’s early and still loyal members, while sitting around the Dunn’s kitchen table.

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  • Who is Australian Organic?

    Australian Organic Limited (AOL) is the leading organic industry body representing certifiers and certified operators in Australia. AOL is a not for profit, member owned organisation that advocates on behalf of the certified organic industry by lobbying government and driving awareness.

    Established in 1987 and formerly Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA), AOL has been the major force in ensuring organic standards remain robust and are in line with global export markets.

    Australian Organic owns the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS) and license the ‘Bud’ certification logo. The most trusted organic logo in Australia, the ‘Bud’ is recognised by 51% of shoppers and found on over 32,000 products.

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  • What does Australian Organic do?

    Australian Organic Limited represents the interests of the organic industry through advocacy and better policymaking. AOL lobbies federal and state government on key policy issues, market access and industry matters to support a prosperous future.

    In conjunction with driving awareness of certified organics through strategic marketing campaigns and events, providing educational resources, hosting events and forums designed to upskill and add value, AOL also collaborates with Australia’s competition regulator (ACCC) to ensure consumers are getting what they paid for.

  • Who is Australian Organic a member of?

    Australian Organic Limited is a proud and active member of National Farmers Federation (NFF), Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), Australia China Business Council (ACBC), and Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA).

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  • Can you explain the demerge from ACO Certification Ltd?

    During 2017, the organic industry undertook a consultative process to uncover a clear pathway to create a single voice to government. The results of this process provided a recommendation that Australian Organic Ltd (AOL) could step forward as the peak body for the organic industry – however there was a list of changes that AOL would need implement to gain industry support. The largest of these changes was to separate from its subsidiary certification arm, Australian Certified Organic Pty Ltd (ACO).

    As AOL is a member owned organisation, a resolution required to be passed to allow for the official separation of the subsidiary from the parent company. At the 2017 AGM, AOL’s members voted in support of the process and as at 30 June 2018 AOL demerged from its subsidiary certification arm, ACO (now ACO Certification Ltd – Australia’s largest organic certifier). ACO Certification Ltd no longer holds the exclusive license for certification to the Bud logo. AOL and ACO Certification Ltd operate under two separate Boards, Organisational Structures and Strategic Objectives.

  • Who uses the Bud logo?

    The ‘Bud’ logo is now licensed to two of Australia’s largest certification bodies – ACO Certification Ltd and AUS-QUAL Pty Ltd. The ‘Bud’ logo is sublicensed to over 2,000 certified organic businesses and appears on over 32,000 products.

  • What is the difference between Australian Organic and a certification body?

    Australian Organic Ltd is an industry body representing Australian certifiers (certification bodies) and certified operators. Australian Organic no longer provides certification services. If you require certification services or more information, we recommend you speak to one of the six Government approved organic certification bodies in Australia.

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  • What are Industry Levies collected for Australian Organic?

    The Industry Development Levies (IDLs) are collected for Australian Organic Ltd (AOL) by ACO Certification Ltd under the Certification Services agreement, allowing ACO Certification Ltd to certify customers to the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS) and authorising use of the ‘Bud’ logo – owned by Australian Organic Ltd.

  • How does AOL use the funding from industry levies?

    Funding from the IDL allows AOL to continue to focus on advancing the interests of the Certified Organic Industry in Australia, including securing Domestic Regulation in 2020 and implementing our 5 year Strategic Plan.

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  • What does Organic mean?

    Organic always means:

    • No synthetic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides
    • Made without artificial colours or preservatives
    • Livestock are free to roam
    • No routine use of antibiotics
    • GM ingredients are prohibited

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