National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia
The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) plays a critically important role in supporting and promoting the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices that lead to safer and more sustainable food production systems.
The association was formed in 1986 to support the development and education of the organic industry and consumers about organic, biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices.
NASAA has developed an enviable reputation as a ground-breaking and innovative organic industry association that is forward thinking and actively looks to progress the organic industry for the benefit of members and the industry in general.
NASAA continues to be at the forefront of organic industry development. It was the first organic industry association in Australia, the first to develop an Organic Standard, and the forerunner in establishing strong international trading ties for organic exports, which includes establishing accreditation with IFOAM—Organics International. In recent years, this includes being the first organic industry association to open more affordable access to organic trading markets in China.
Our subsidiary business, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO), certifies organic commodities to meet all domestic and international export market requirements.
The NASAA Organic spring leaf label is recognised here and overseas as upholding the highest standards of integrity and benchmarks for the industry.
Increasingly NASAA has assumed a strong policy and advocacy role, and supports the adoption of a domestic standard supported by the current National Standard framework for exports and the establishment of a peak representative industry body to advocate for regulatory and policy reforms on behalf of the organic industry.
With a national office based in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, NASAA Organic is a non-profit company limited by guarantee comprising an association of members.
Organic integrity from ‘paddock to plate’
The NASAA Organic & Biodynamic Standard (NOS) is recognised globally.
NASAA’s Organic and Biodynamic Standard covers the organic supply chain—from producers, processors and input manufacturers to wholesale and retail operations—ensuring organic integrity ‘from paddock to plate’.
Our subsidiary company, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO), is the leading organic certification provider in Australia with the largest area of Certified Organic land and over 13,000 individual Australian and international operators certified to the NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard.
NASAA Organic’s spring leaf organic label is recognised and respected both domestically and internationally.
NASAA Certified Organic is licensed by NASAA to approve its operators to use the NASAA Organic ‘spring leaf’ label on their products and for access to organic markets around the world.
During 2019, NASAA Organic refreshed the spring leaf label. A transition from the old label to the new look spring leaf NASAA Organic label is occurring over a two-year period between 2019 and 2021.
The NASAA Organic label represents the highest level of organic assurance to traders and consumers allowing entry into Australia’s organic markets. Additionally, NCO international accreditations allow entry into the difficult-to-access international organic markets, including the USA, European Union, Japan, China and Canada.
About NASAA Organic and NCO: A brief overview
Organic Industry Association
As Australia’s first organic industry association we are proud to provide market and industry development service, advocacy, education, and policy and advice services. This includes the NASAA Organic and Biodynamic Standard and Australia’s most internationally recognised Australian organic certification label, NASAA Certified Organic.
Organic Certification Services
NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) is a fully-owned subsidiary of the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), and provides certification services to the organic industry, in Australia and internationally.