About Australian Certified Organic
If you are serious about your organic business, choose Australian Certified Organic.
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce and has over 1500
operators within its certification system. ACO is a not for profit fully-owned subsidiary of Australia Organic Ltd.
ACO provides certification services to operators from all sectors of the organic industry. Certification ensures
compliance with national production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.
ACO’s certification program and protocols are approved and accredited with the Department of Agriculture &
Water Resources, the US Department of Agriculture, IOAS, Japan’s Minister for Agriculture Forestry &
Fisheries, Korea’s NQAS’s and SAI Global. ACO obtains financial support by through providing
certification services to clients in line with the fee schedule, which can be viewed here.
The Australian Certified Organic logo (known as the ‘bud’ is Australia’s organic industry’s
leading logo. It carries with it the ability to market organic produce on both domestic and international markets
with confidence and market advantage. The logo is well recognised both in Australia, and now in increasingly key
areas such as Asia, Europe and the US. Having the largest market share means that organic certification is now
becoming synonymous with certification and the bud logo – visit the markets, retailers, or even your supermarket
chains such as Coles & Woolworths to see!
Our clients include certified operators in the Pacific, South East Asia and Japan, as well as in all states and
territories of Australia. ACO clients, large and small, represent all sectors in the organic industry – from
primary producers, processors and exporters to retailers and wholesalers.
ACO’s Top Management is committed to upholding and ensuring all certification activities are carried out
with adherence to the highest standards of integrity, impartiality and objectivity. This commitment is also
instilled in all of ACO’s staff which ensure they perform certification activities to these high standards.
10 Reasons why You Should Choose Australian Certified Organic!
- Market access:ACO provides market advantage based on compliance to some of the highest standards available for organic
worldwide: Australia, Europe and Taiwan (AQIS), Japan (JAS), US (USDA NOP), international (IFOAM), Korea and others.
- CHOICE:Award winner for transparency, recognition and trust: ACO is the winner of the CHOICE Award for Best Food Endorsement
Program in 2010 based upon the transparency of the program and its recognition and trust within industry and by consumers.
The Organic Bud is found on an estimated 80% of certified organic products in the Australian marketplace.
- Technical support: ACO offers highly qualified and skilled management, auditors and certification staff for ensuring
you have the best support and backing of your certification program.
- Industry/ commercial support:ACO’s parent company, Australian Organic Ltd, provides invaluable market support for ACO
clients including trade links, organic information, networking opportunities, market research and more.
- Experience:Established in 1987, Australian Organic and Australian Certified Organic have over 20 years experience
working specifically for the organic industry.
- Combined farm safety certification:Having Freshcare trained auditors enables ACO to provide savings for clients
requiring both organic and farm safety certification.
- Promotion of the organic industry:Funds from Australian Certified Organic clients go directly towards promotion
of the Bud logo and the Australian organic industry. The Australian Organic Ltd publications, events, media and
other work has been invaluable in raising the profile of the overall industry over many years.
- Not-for-profit, democratic industry organisation:ACO is part of a nonprofit group owned by industry members. The
Australian Organic Group operates on a democratic structure whereby members elect the Australian Organic ( formerly
BFA) and Australian Certified Organic Boards annually.
- Professional friendly staff:Australian Organic and Australian Certified Organic’s efficient and friendly staff
hold respect for your operation and products and will do whatever they can do to give you the best and most
professional service possible.
- Commercial focus:The Australian Organic Group has a vision for profitably and sustainably meeting the needs of a
growing base of well-informed consumers demanding certified organic foods and fibres.
As part of ACO’s dedication to transparency, full constitution can be reviewed here.