About Us

The Australian Olive Association (AOA), formed in 1995, is the national peak industry body representing Australian Olive Growers. The AOA has an experienced Board of Directors consisting of small, medium and large growers along with other Directors coopted for their relevant experience and expertise. The AOA is funded by membership and occasional Government Grants.

The AOA is responsible for setting and maintaining quality standards for Australian products which is achieved by growers joining the Australian Code of Practice (COP), which complies with the Australian Standards for Olive Oil and Olive Pomace Oils (AS5264-2011), and the Voluntary Industry Standard for Table Olives in Australia (RIRDC 12-111).

Look for these symbols to ensure you are buying the real deal;

Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

         

Other Australian Olive Oil Styles

    

Australian Certified Table Olives

Other Australian Olive Products

The AOA implements an ongoing consumer awareness and education (CAE) programme to promote the benefits of Australian EVOO and Australian Table Olives to consumers. This CAE programme is funded via industry contributions to specific campaigns. There is a CAE committee that meet regularly to discuss strategy and budgets.

Each October, the AOA holds the National Olive Industry Conference and Trade Exhibition which brings together national and international experts to discuss the latest in technology and research. The industry also gathers at this time to celebrate the season’s success at our Gala Awards Presentation Dinner.

The AOA ensures that useful and relevant R&D is undertaken on behalf of the industry to ensure that it remains viable and sustainable. In 2011 Australian Olive Growers voted in support of a national RD&E levy. The Levy came into effect in 2013.

Company Details

PO Box 6661
Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153
Mobile: 0478 606 145
Email: secretariat@australianolives.com.au
ABN: 57 072 977 489

Executive Contacts

President / Chairman

President / Chairman

Michael Thomsett
P: 0427 373 111
E: thomsett.mail@gmail.com
Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Greg Seymour
P: 0476 760 160
E: ceo@australianolives.com.au
Administration Manager

Administration Manager

Elizabeth (Liz) Bouzoudis
P: 0478 606 145
E: secretariat@australianolives.com.au
Code of Practice Administrator & Chemical Permits Coordinator

Code of Practice Administrator & Chemical Permits Coordinator

Peter McFarlane
P: 08 8376 2161
E: peter@mc.com.au
International Advisor / Director

International Advisor / Director

Paul Miller
P: 0412 854 974
E: hortempm@bigpond.com

Directors

Tasmanian Olive Council Director

Tasmanian Olive Council Director

Christine Mann
P: 0419 329 696
E: christine.mann@activ8.net.au
Olives Victoria Director

Olives Victoria Director

Rita Bikins
P: 0414 887 755
E: info@redrockolives.com.au
Queensland Director

Queensland Director

Ed Vercoe
P: 0410 588 712
E: ed@cicadaproduce.com.au
South Australian Director

South Australian Director

Kent Hallett
P: 0428 829 024
E: oops@aussiebroadband.com.au
Vice President / Large Enterprise Group (LEG) Director

Vice President / Large Enterprise Group (LEG) Director

Andrew Burgess
P: 03 5272 9500
E: a.burgess@boundarybend.com
Western Australia Director

Western Australia Director

Mike Ryan
P: 0419 907 701
E: mick@prestonvalleygrove.com.au
Large Enterprise Group (LEG) Director

Large Enterprise Group (LEG) Director

Lisa Rowntree
P: 08 8573 6545
E: lisa@longridgeolives.com.au