Current submissions under review

The National Standard sub-Committee (NSsC) is currently reviewing the following applications and the Public Comment phase is now open:

Submission 2020.05.12.01 – Container Growing – Derogation to 1.8.1

“Where an operator can demonstrate to the approved certifying organisation that use of containers for crop production is the only method to remedy or ameliorate an otherwise intractable disease problem, the operator must seek written approval from the approved certifying organisation.”
“Soil – a complex medium consisting of firstly material of geological origin ( sand, silt and/or clay); secondly material of carboniferous origin ( derived from decomposition of life forms); and thirdly a diverse biota (earthworms, protozoa, fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes)”

Submission 2020.10.01.01 – Pain relief –  Section 1.18.4

Replace the word “anaesthetics” with the term “Pain relief”

Public Comments close on 8th March 2021

Written public comments are welcome regarding the submissions listed for public comment – please submit to or post to

Attention Secretariat, National Standard sub-Committee
C/- Organic Program – Department of Agriculture
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601.

Public Comment Phase is 60 calendar days.

The NSsC meets four times per year.

NSSC meeting dates –  Jan, April, July, and Oct 
Submission Closure dates – Jan 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1