Free Range Certifiers

Free Range Certifiers

Australian Egg Corporation Ltd.

• Farms are independently audited. 
• The use of antibiotics and growth hormones is not specified.
• Stocking density indoors must not exceed 12 birds per square metre.
• There are no limits for outdoor stocking densities in the standards.
• Beak trimming and wing clipping are permitted

RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme

The RSPCA's Approved Farming Scheme provides welfare standards and certification, a 'Paw of Approval', for indoor, outdoor and combination pigs, outdoor and indoor layer chickens and outdoor and indoor meat poultry.

Free Range Farmers Association Inc. Victoria (FRFA Inc. Vic)

• Farms are independently audited. 
• Antibiotics and growth promoting hormones are not permitted.
• Birds have easy access to an area on which to range during daylight hours.
• Beak trimming, tow trimming, de-snooding or any other mutilations are not permitted.
• Stocking density indoors must not exceed 1000 birds/shed, and outdoors 750 birds/hectare

Free Range Egg and Poultry Aust. Ltd. (FREPA)


  • Farms are independently audited. 
  • Growth promoting hormones are not permitted.
  • Therapeutic use of antibiotics is allowed under veterniary supervision.
  • Stocking density for outdoor range is not specified.
  • Birds have access to an area on which to range during daylight hours.
  • Beak trimming is permitted.

Australian Certified Organic

•  Farms and abattoirs are independently audited.  
•  Antibiotics and growth promoting hormones are not permitted.
•  Animals have free access to pasture.
•  Feedlots, farrowing crates, and sow stalls are not permitted.
•  Certified to national and international organic standards.

Demeter (Bio-Dynamic)

• Farms and abattoirs are independently audited.  
• Antibiotics and growth promoting hormones are not permitted.  
• Animals have access to pasture.
• Feedlots, farrowing crates, sow stalls and cages are not permitted.
• Stocking densities need to support local conditions and allow constant pasture coverage.

Organic Food Chain

• Animals must have free access to pasture.
• Antibiotics and growth promoting hormones are not permitted.
• Certified to national and international organic standards.
• Pastures which animals have access to must be free from the use of prohibited treatments.
• Feedlots and farrowing crates are not permitted.

National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA)

• Farms and abattoirs are audited by NASAA auditors.  
• Antibiotics and growth promoting hormones are not permitted.  
• Animals have daily access to pasture.
• Animals are fed on certified organic feedstuffs.
•  Certified to national and international organic standards.

Humane Choice

Humane Choice animals must be free to exhibit natural behaviours including natural mating and rearing of their young outdoors. They must be free to roam* their paddocks and enjoy the sunshine and company of their herd or flock. These free range animals will be fed a well balanced diet that does not include antibiotics, growth promoters or hormones. If an animal is ill or injured, it will receive veterinary attention and be well cared for. Transportation times will be minimal.

Australian Pork Industry (APIQ)

The Australian Pork Industry's Quality Assurance Program (APIQ) includes standards for pig production.  APIC standards are currently being developed to include optional certification as Free Range and Outdoor Bred.