Halal Certification in Australia

Within Australia there are a number of Halal Organisations that are authorised to issue Halal Certficiates. We are not an Authority that issues Halal Certificates. We do when Reviewing and Rating Outlets that promote themselves as Halal Certified take every step possible to sight the Certificate in the Outlet and to confirm the Status of that Certificate. 

The list below is compiled from our experiences within the Australian Local Market and Overseas Exporting Markets. We provide the information below as a guide to assist consumers that may experience a Halal Certificate issued by one of the providers below. Each Authority listing contains details on address, contact number and link to their website. We strongly encourage should you have any questions with regards to the Halal Certificate issued by an Authority that you contact them directly.

Where an Outlet shows an interest in the benefits of Halal Certification then the team at www.halalfood.com.au are happy to assist with an introduction to the local Halal Authority. 

So lets look at the Why, What and Who of Halal Certificates in Australia.

Frequently asked questions

Why does a business need a Halal Certificate?


When looking at why an outlet should consider Halal Certificates it is a matter for the business owner. Consider the market that you are targetting and then consider the market you are missing out on. Halal Certificates can be a key that opens access to a growing marketable opportunity. So if your a local outlet and you see a number of Hijabi, Abaya or Muslim Brothers and Sisters walking past your business - then consider the benefit of providing to that market. The Halal Certificate is an identifiable and accepted authority that the product, service or venue is Halal Compliant. Many Muslim consumers rely on the integrity of the Halal Certificate to identify suitable products for consumption.




What is a Halal Certificate?


There are a number of different categories that a business can apply for Halal Certification. Typically a business would consider Halal Certification for the purpose of exporting to regions requiring Halal Certification OR for the purpose of informing the local Australian Market that the product or service is Halal. A business can apply for Halal Certification for a process, a product or a service. There are a number of Halal Authorities within Australia that specialise in delivering Halal Certification. It is important to note that each Authority has their own guidelines and procedures with regards to what type of Halal Certificate can be issued. Some Authorities will only become engaged with Halal Certification for Export purposes only, whilst others service Halal Certification of Pharmaceuticals or Restaurants or Meat Supplies. It is important when considering the suitability of a Halal Authority to check whether they provide certification to suit your business needs. Halal Certificates is issued by Authorities after the Authority has been engaged by the business. The outcome of a successful assessment is the issuing of a Sealed Halal Certificate. This certificate provides vital information such as: 1. The Halal Authority Details 2. The Halal Inspector Details (often just their name) 3. The Name of the Business that the Certificate applies to 4. The Head Office or Operational Address of the Certificate Holder 5. Category or Type of Halal Certificate issued (Meat Export, Distributor etc) 6. Notice of Halal Compliance 7. Date Issued and period of Compliance 8. Seal or Stamp of Authority 9. Signatures of Inspector and/or Authority Representative




Who can issue a Halal Certificate?


There are two categories of Halal Certificates serviced by a number of Authorities. 1. Purpose of Exporting 2. Australian Market The Department of Agriculture, a Federal Government Department, have a compiled list of suitable Halal Authorities that can be approached for the purpose of Halal Certification of red halal meat and red meat products for export ( View Link) For the Australian Market there are a number of Authorities that issue Halal Certification. This includes Local or Regional Mosque Authorities and Local Business Operators throughout Australia. They can be a individual, not for profit or a Company. It is important when considering "Who" that you research the status of the Authority within the local markets. Our experience in the Australian Marketplace shows that there are a variety of providers that provide Halal Certification to Restaurants, Butcher Shops, Supermarkets, Abattoirs, Pharmaceuticals and other needs. They are not restricted by traditional State borders and operate in an open market. That is to say that a Halal Authority based in Sydney ,may and can, issue Halal Certificate to a business in Adelaide.




What is the Cost of Halal Certification?


When considering a Halal Certificate it is important to consider that there will be a fee payable to the Authority. Each Authority have a cost schedule and fee rate to apply pending on the type of Certification and Process of Assessment. Prices vary "depending on the product involved, the organisation from which certification is sought and whether the goods are for export or domestic consumption. The fees are often modest and Authorities do not disclose the fees openly for comparison.




What is the Process involved to gain Halal Certification?


Pending on the Type of Halal Certificate being sought and the Authority being used. There is a range of procedures used some are detailed while others are a basic assessment. A business that has identified the importance of Halal Certification will commence the process by identifying a suitable Halal Authority. (Google, Referrals, Dept of Agriculture) Lodging an online enquiry or making a call to the Authority will often put you in contact with the right person to start the process. Some Authorities have an online Application process to assist with identifying suitability and what type of Halal Certificate is required. The Authority will collect information from the business with regards to the supply chain, production process, quality control, logistics, HR, Workplace and more. The purpose is to identify potential risk of contamination of Haram products or procedures that will compromise the Certification. This also includes site inspections and an audit to take place. Once the Authority has completed the Inspection and Audit and satisfied with compliance to their standards they will then issue a Halal Certificate. Halal Certificates can be conditional upon ongoing Audit and Reviews which may occur on a regular basis (annually)




Does Australian Food and Grocery Council issue Halal Certificates?


No. The AFGC is a peak body within Australia that represents a number of Manufacturer and Stores across Australia. The AFGC is active in providing information to Government and Members with regards to Halal Certificates but is respectfully neutral. They do not issue Halal Certificates Reference: https://www.afgc.org.au/about-afgc/priorities-and-policies/halal-certification





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Perth Mosque Incorporated

(08) 9328 8535

Perth

427 William St

Islamic Association of Katanning

Islamic Association Of Katanning is an organization that is made up of Islamic members from Katanning. We deal with Islamic programs, Islamic activities, Islamic School, funeral and many more. Any one can become a member!

Halal Certification Council

Brisbane

6 Vanessa Boulevard

Global Australian Halal Certification Pty Ltd

Sydney

Suite 3/20-21 Bankstown City Plaza

Global Australian Halal Certification (GAHC) is a company established in 2016 to provide Halal certification services to the manufactures, slaughterhouses or other food services company to ensure their products are halal according to the Shariah (Islamic law).

Australian National Imams Council

(02) 8377 4175

Sydney

Suite 3 20 Worth Street

ANIC is one of the leading professionally trained certification bodies in the industry. Halal Accreditation from ANIC will ensure the consumer confidence in the product meeting the Islamic requirements and indicates that the product has been scrutinised by a worldwide recognised Islamic Certifying Organisation. If you are a producer, manufacturer, supplier, exporter or distributor of food or personal consumer goods, you cannot afford to ignore the potential of HALAL ACCREDITATION of your products.

Australian Halal Authority and Advisers

(03) 9302 2001

Melbourne

1/2A Dargie Court

We are established to provide a reliable and professional ‘end to end’ Halal consulting, endorsement, certification, audit and monitoring services across a wide range of local and global industries.

Australian Halal Development & Accreditation (AHDAA)

(07) 3275 1077

Brisbane

839 Beaudesert Road

Halal Accreditation Authority Pty Ltd

Sydney

Chatswood

Halal Accreditation Authority Australia have been established to provide Halal Certification for a range of purposes. Based in Sydney they manage Franchise Food Outlets, Food Manufacturing, Meat Processing, Airline Catering. With a strong understanding of Australian Halal requirements and the important role that Halal Status has within the market. The HAAA experience and knowledge maintains a strong Halal Certification process.

Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia Inc

1300 742 462

Sydney

Level 1, 35 – 37 Harrow Rd, Auburn

Sichma’s clients will enjoy access to a leading and professional team committed to delivering outstanding Halal compliant products and services at competitive rates. Sichma understands and appreciates the business model of each individual client to cater for a tailor made product suitable to its unique needs. For us, preserving the integrity of the concept of Halal is paramount. Our commitment to this value has earned us a reputation in the domestic and international markets of being one of the most experienced and trusted accreditation bodies.

Islamic Coordinating Council of Victoria

(03) 9380 5467

Melbourne

155 Lygon Street, East Brunswick

ICCV is the largest Halal certification organisation in Australia servicing clients locally and internationally. ICCV is responsible for the certification, monitoring, and supervision of Halal food for the domestic market as well as the export market. Clients cover a range of sectors including abattoirs, food processing businesses, transportation and cold storage operators.

Islamic Council of Queensland

0421 442 525

Brisbane

PO Box 204, Sunnybank

The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) is a Not for Profit Organisation and was formed in 1969 as the peak umbrella body to represent the interests of the Muslims in Queensland. ICQ represents numerous organisations and mosques across Queensland cities and towns stretching from Cairns in Far North Queensland to the south side including Brisbane and the Gold Coast (almost 1.9million square kms). ICQ is a member of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) hence is structure and governance reaches out nationally to all Muslims across Australia.

Islamic Council of Western Australia

(08) 9362 2210

Perth

4 A Rowe Avenue Rivervale

The Islamic Council of Western Australia is a regional body functioning under the auspices of Muslims Australia. Muslims Australia is internationally recognised as the main unifying institution of Australian Muslims. ICWA represents the needs of Muslims in Western Australia through it’s affiliated Organisations to Muslims Australia who in turn represents the needs of all Muslims living in Australia. This has helped to maintain the unity and strength of the Muslim community in Australia. The executive committee of ICWA is elected bi- annually by the delegates of its member associations and the council endeavours to promote the spiritual, social and cultural welfare of West Australian Muslims.