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ADVISORY COMMITTEES

In 2019, Australian Organic convened nine advisory committees to establish what research and development, events and activities the industry requires.

See below summary of Australian Organic’s different advisory committees including contact details for advisory chairs.

Grain Advisory Committee (GAC)

The Grain Advisory Committee (GAC) is a voluntary committee consisting of representatives from all fields of the grain industry who are passionate organic producers, industry specialist and representatives from GRDC.

The key objective for GAC is to increase certified organic grain production within Australia to support the organic industry growth potential.

The advisory committee was established to support the Australian organic industry and to draw on the wealth of knowledge that exists within the industry.

The purpose of the GAC is to provide advice on relevant issues or topics as they arise.

Livestock Advisory Committee (LAC)

The voluntary Livestock Advisory Committee is made up of certified organic producers and processors from across Australia representing ruminant and mongastic species. The committee was established to provide a consultative forum to discuss issues that affect organic livestock producers and processors, and to advise on policy and strategic pathways.

The committee are currently looking at strategies for increasing organic grain grown in Australia, and welcome recommendations from the broader certified organic community.

The ability of certified organic livestock producers to sequester carbon and make a positive contribution to emissions targets make for exciting times ahead.

Vigneron Advisory Committee (VAG)

The Vigneron Advisory Committee is a voluntary committee consisting of representatives from all fields of the wine industry who are passionate organic vignerons (grape growers, winemakers and brand owners) for the sole purpose of providing support and advice on particular fields of expertise such as viticulture, winemaking, brand management and national and international trade relating specifically to the organic wine industry.

The advisory committee was established to support the Australian organic industry and to draw on the wealth of knowledge that exists within the industry.

The purpose of the VAG is to provide advice to council on relevant issues or topics as they arise. Some of these issues have included advice on allowable inputs to wine, grape and cider production.

The VAG also assists in the promotion and advocacy of organic as a better option globally. This task is in its infancy and is yet to be explored fully due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The committee currently consists of 8 members representing the wine states of NSW, Victoria, SA, WA and QLD.

Horticulture Advisory Committee

The Horticulture Advisory Committee was established by Australian Organic to support the industry by providing advice, support and expertise on fields such as R&D, biosecurity, packaging, food waste, organic fraud, robotics and future technologies such as automation.

The committee consists of voluntary representatives from a variety of different fields within the Horticulture sector, focusing on the most important issues currently affecting the industry.

Certified Organic Horticulture is an active space which requires extreme efforts from producers and high expectations from consumers – therefore it is vital that the committee provides support and assistance on key issues. 2019 topics included the Federal Government deregulation of SDN-1 methods and the proposed mandatory treatment of imported brassica seed (where a positive outcome was achieved through Australian Organic’s lobbying)

Committee chair, Kelvin Free, is a third-generational horticultural farmer who brings a lifetime of practical experience in the farming and marketing of fresh produce, alongside a history of representing the industry in working groups and committees for various government and horticultural bodies.

Allowed Inputs Advisory Group (AIAG)

The Allowed Inputs Advisory Group exists to allow industry and expert consultation on matters relating to the allowance and certification of inputs for use in Organic production.

Membership consists of staff from businesses that produce certified Allowed Inputs, or are in the process of obtaining certification. Applications for membership are welcome from input companies large and small. Generally only one membership is allowed per company.

The purpose of the AIAG is to provide advice and feedback on relevant issues or topics as they arise. The Allowed Input sector is vital to the growth of the organic industry as a whole, and clear consultation and feedback will ensure this sector is adequately serviced by Australian Organic Ltd. 

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