Summary of how to apply for certification
- Check: Read the standard to check your products are vegan.
- Apply: Download the application form (Word document), fill it in and email it to us. If you have any queries, please contact us.
- Review: We will review your application and check all ingredients. If more information is needed, we will contact you.
- Agreement: If we confirm your products are vegan, we will send you a licence agreement for you to read and agree to.
- Payment: Pay the annual licence fee.
- Certification: We will send you the hi-res graphics of the logo above and a certificate and update our products list.
- Thank you!
The Vegan Australia Certified program sets the standard for authentic vegan food and products in Australia. Under the program, product makers may display the Vegan Australia Certified logo on licensed vegan items that meet our strict criteria. The logo indicates to your customers that the product does not contain animal ingredients and none of the manufacturing or testing processes involve animals or animal products. It's simple: if your product meets our standard you can certify it and give your customers the confidence to enjoy your product, safe in the knowledge that it really is vegan.
Under the Vegan Australia Certified program each product is certified on its own merits, so not all of your products have to be vegan. This encourages makers to develop vegan products and to improve their labelling.
Vegan Australia aims to make veganism more available, convenient and accepted. The Vegan Australia Certified logo is one way to introduce the concept of veganism to the public and to further the movement towards a world where animals are no longer used by humans for food, clothing, entertainment or any other purpose.
Along with the booming demand for vegan products in Australia, there is a growing demand from businesses for national vegan certification. A wide range of products in a variety of sectors have been certified and more are being added all the time. See our Vegan Australia Certified product list.
A Vegan Australia Certified logo on your products can increase sales, attracting not only more vegan customers but also those interested in consuming more ethical, healthy and environmentally friendly products. The logo is easily recognised and allows people to shop without constantly consulting ingredient lists. Research has shown that people who buy vegan food are more likely to buy a product that is clearly marked as vegan.
New research by the UK Vegan Society has found that an overwhelming majority of people (vegan or otherwise) who were in the market for vegan goods actively seek out vegan verification logos when shopping for new products. For vegan food and drink, over 95% of respondents looked for vegan verification.
Makers of certified products can benefit by using the logo on packaging, menus, associated promotional materials, social media and anywhere online. If all your products are certified vegan then you may place the logo anywhere your business name appears. Customers can see at a glance that your business produces quality, ethical products.
If you are a restaurant or cafe and want to add more vegan options to your menu, contact a menu consultant like Every Seat at the Table.
Vegan Australia Certified standard
All certified products and services registered with the Vegan Australia Certified program meet the criteria set out in the Vegan Australia Certified standard. This ensures that certified products do not contain any ingredients of animal origin and that animal products have not been used during the manufacturing process. The standard and associated rules are approved by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) and the trade mark is registered with IP Australia as trade mark 1944358. See also the Certificate of Trade Mark Registration.
How to apply for certification
To apply for certification, organisations should read the standard to confirm their products are vegan and then complete the Application for certification with the Vegan Australia Certified program and email it to Vegan Australia. The more complete the application, the faster the certification.
All information submitted to Vegan Australia in an application for certification will be treated as confidential and we are happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
After we receive all the information our team will review your application and check each submitted product against our standard. We may request further information to verify any ingredients that may be animal derived. If it is then found that the products comply with the standard, we will forward to you a licence agreement which you should read and agree to along with the annual licence fee. We will then issue you with a certificate of registration for the certified products along with details of how to use the Vegan Australia Certified logo. For any queries please contact Vegan Australia.
An annual licence fee is charged to use the Vegan Australia Certified logo. The fee is based on the expected gross annual sales value from all your certified products ("total sales").
The fee is $50 plus $100 for every $100,000 (or part thereof) of total sales. The fee covers an unlimited number of products. Companies with total sales over $3m should contact Vegan Australia to discuss an appropriate fee structure.
Products are certified for one year, after which certification must be renewed.
Note: these terms and conditions may be revised at any time. Last updated May 2019.