Once verified, the Australian Owned business is issued an Australian Owned ID number (“AO ID”) and is published in the Australian Owned Business Register.
Businesses can then complete an additional step and if assessed to meet mandatory criteria (as per RULES – AO Certification Trade Mark) can achieve Australian Owned certification. Achieving this level of certification entitles the business to a unique variation of the Australian Owned logo that features the businesses AO ID. In addition, certified businesses are provided a suite of marketing assets to increase their competitiveness in the global marketplace.
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Step 1: Apply
To apply for Australian Owned certification, complete the online application form. A business account will be created at this stage. If eligible, you will also receive the option to purchase an annual licence to the Australian Owned Certified trademark (see Step 4). The issuing of this logo is contingent upon the outcome of the assessment. The annual licence fee is only processed if the applicant is determined to meet the minimum eligibility to hold an Australian Owned licence. A “one-off” $99.00 (incl. GST) application fee applies.
Step 2: Review
The Australian Owned team will review and verify the information provided and assign the applicant with a corresponding assessment score. This process is usually completed within 1-2 business days and notice of the assessment outcome is issued directly to the applicant.
Step 3: Australian Owned Business Register
Successful applicants are published in the Australian Owned Business Register and allocated a searchable & unique identification number. This register is used as a source of truth by commercial and Government agencies in verifying Australian ownership claims as well as by the general public when sourcing Australian Owned businesses, products & services.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by the Australian Owned team.
Step 4 (Optional): Australian Owned Certified Logo
Applicants that meet the minimum criteria will be provided the opportunity to secure a licence to the Australian Owned trademark (logo) featuring the applicant businesses unique identification number. The annual licensing fee for use of the logo is $99.00 (incl. GST). The logo can be used to market and promote Australian Owned certification via means such as business digital and printed assets.
Also included is the Australian Owned Certified “outro reel”, available to incorporate in digital video/media assets. Merchandise is available to purchase by businesses holding a current licence.
Step 5 (Optional): Australian Owned Certified Sub Licence
Certified businesses that manufacture their own range of products (food and non-food) can make an additional application for a sub-licence to the Australian Owned trademark (logo) that can be used on product packaging and labels.
This option is suitable for businesses who wish to apply the Australian Owned Certified logo on individual product packaging/labels.
An application to hold a sub-licence is required for each product of fundamental difference. The Australian Owned team will review each sub-licence application and provide confirmation of successful/unsuccessful application. Only successful applicants will be charged the $99.00 (incl. GST) annual sub licence fee and the application can be accessed when logged into your business account.
Packaging merchandise is also available to purchase by businesses that hold an active sub licence including stickers, elastic labels and vehicle decals.