Earlier this year I advised that 2019 was to be the year of rebuilding for Australia Organic Ltd (AOL). I can say with confidence that we have indeed rebuilt. Over the past 12 months AOL has reviewed, revised, restructured, and rebuilt who we are and what we stand for. We have also further defined what it is we will deliver for our members and the organic industry.

November and December saw continued strategic discussion on the pathway to Domestic Regulation, provided an enhanced understanding of the impacts of the Gene Technology Amendments put to Parliament, and heralded the announcement of our partnership with AUS-QUAL.

The 2019 AGM held in Melbourne during November was attended by 30 members. All resolutions were accepted, and the Director ballots were announced with Martin Meek, Sonya Dowling and Iain Scholes all reaffirmed by the members. The Board also voted to see Martin Meek remain as Chair.

An energetic and rewarding period to close out the year.

As we wrap up the year, it’s fitting to remind all of the hardship many of our members and industry colleagues are currently facing with the changing climate. Our thoughts are with those fighting fires across the nation and with those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, property and livestock. On behalf of Australian Organic Ltd I extend to you and your family our best wishes for a safe festive season. May the year ahead bring you good health, happiness and rain. See you in 2020, the year for Domestic Regulation.


Niki Ford
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Organic Ltd