The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture (NASAA) is a not-for-profit public company whose main purpose is to supervise quality management of organic production in Australia. This is done through the operation of a certification system that independently inspects, assesses and reviews in accordance with national organic production standards.
NASAA is a unique organisation in Australia in that they have such a wide membership that includes all levels of the production and marketing sectors such as producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, researchers, educators and legislators.
Certification is only one of the many ways in which NASAA promotes and governs sustainable organic agriculture in Australia. If a product has NASAA certification you know that it is guaranteed to be organic. This guarantee provides you, the consumer, with the peace of mind of purchasing a genuine organic product and it also protects genuine organic producers from those who cash in on the word “organic” and claim to be so when they actually are not.
There is no legislation in Australia, as yet, to legitimate the use of the word organic, so anyone can claim to have organic produce without actually being certified by an accredited governing body. So, while most organic producers are authentic, many still are not — products can be labelled “organic” without being guaranteed — so consumers need a way to identify the real deal from the big pretenders. When a product has NASAA certification, you can be assured that it is guaranteed to be organic.
NASAA is accredited by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) for certification of organic crop production, livestock production, processing and wild products.