Who Are We?

The Association’s main objective is to promote and facilitate the production of essential oils and allied products in Australia

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EOPAA helps bring together all parties working in the essential oil industry e.g. growers of essential oil bearing crops, producers of essential oils, firms trading in essential oils, researchers engaged in the study of the agronomic aspects of the commercial growing of essential oil bearing plants and the chemistry of essential oils, the pharmacology of essential oils as well as persons or companies intending to enter this industry.

 

Essential oils are used in a variety of products. They are used in the compounding of perfumes and flavours, as additives in cosmetics as well as constituents of medicinal preparations. They are also used as industrial solvents. As a consequence of their varied industrial uses their trade has to comply with the requirements of numerous governmental regulations, in particular regulations pertaining to safety and health aspects as well as with established industrial standards.

 

A major function of EOPAA is to provide a unified approach of the industry as a whole, in dealings with government departments by presenting Government with EOPAA’s views and by providing expert advice and assistance with the framing of new regulations. Such assistance to be provided at a national level and where appropriate at an international level as well.

 

Some success has been achieved in dealings with STANDARDS AUSTRALIA (in the elaboration and revision of Australian as well as International Standards), the THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION (participation at meetings and workshops dealing with the toxicity and scheduling of essential oils) and the DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT (Exemption from Export Control of Essential Oils from Australian Native Species).

 

Owing to the geography of Australia and the relative isolation of individual members EOPAA aims to provide information on any new or impending regulations likely to affect the trade in essential oils, notify members of planned industrial or scientific meetings which might be of interest and disseminate research findings on all aspects of the essential oil industry.

Our partners

Acknowledging our main partners in Australia

Meet Committee Team

Henry Minson

President

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David Johnston

Vice President

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Ashley Dowell

Secretary

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John Day

Treasurer

John Day is one half of husband and wife team, the founders and directors of essential oil manufacturing company The Paperbark Co. With two decades of experience in the production, sales and marketing of Australian essential oils, John used his engineering experience to design and establish The Paperbark Co. essential oil plantation south of Perth in Western Australia, including the custom-built harvesting and distillation facilities on the property.

John Day is one half of husband and wife team, the founders and directors of essential oil manufacturing company The Paperbark Co. With two decades of experience in the production, sales and marketing of Australian essential oils, John used his engineering experience to design and establish The Paperbark Co. essential oil plantation south of Perth in Western Australia, including the custom-built harvesting and distillation facilities on the property.

Lisa Day

Treasurer

Lisa Day has been managing The Paperbark Co. since 2014. The company specialises in growing, steam-distilling and marketing Australian essential oils and hydrosols. The Paperbark Co. is distinguished by the introduction of three unique Western Australian essential oils – Fragonia and Honey Myrtle, both native to the south-west of Western Australia, and High Grade West Australian Sandalwood. They also grow and produce Rosalina, Manuka and Tea tree oils.

Andrew Brown

Executive Committee

Head of Product Research, Development & Regulatory & Estate Inventory. QUINTIS

Dee Ann Prather

Executive Committee

Dee-Ann and her husband are farmers of native Australian botanicals on their farm in Tatham, NSW. Dee-Ann is also the founder and Managing Director of Down Under Enterprises International Pty Ltd., an international wholesale distributor of Australian Tea Tree Oil and 30+ native Australian essential oils and botanicals. Down Under distributes products globally with sales into North America, Europe and throughout Asia. Dee-Ann has been involved with EOPAA for many years, serving as a past President, Vice President and Committee member. She is also Deputy Chair of AgriFutures’ Tea Tree Oil Advisory Panel.

Bradley Fredericks

Executive Committee

Coming soon

EOPAA Structure ​

The Essential Oil Producers Association of Australia (EOPAA) aims to provide information on any new or impending regulations likely to affect the trade in essential oils, notify members of planned industrial or scientific meetings which might be of interest and disseminate research findings on all aspects of the essential oil industry.

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  • Promote Australian essential oils 
  • Provide an organisation of members
  • Provide a unified approach for the industry 
  • Assist with the co-ordination of research into essential oils.
  • Establish funds for carrying out the objects of the Association.
  • Full Membership: open to producers and distributors of essential oils 
  • Associate Membership: open to consultants, non-commercial institutes, researchers
  • Honorary Membership: open to persons who have contributed significantly to the development of the Australian essential oils industry
  • We meet at least once in each calendar year
  • The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be the first meeting after 30th June in each year.

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President

The President shall hold office for a period of two (2) years. The President shall act as Chairperson of all General Meetings

Secretary/Treasurer

Keep minutes of all General Meetings, maintain the books of account and generally act on the direction of the Association or its President

Officers

The officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and two others, who together will comprise the Executive Committee, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association

A quick history

of our essential oil association

In November 1788, some ten months after the establishment of the colony of New South Wales, 1 quart (roughly 1 liter) of the steam distilled leaf oil of the Sydney peppermint gum, Eucalyptus piperita, was sent to England by John White, Surgeon-General to the Colony, thus laying claim to being the first useful natural product produced in Australia.

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Current List of Exempt Native Specimens (LENS) for essential oil production – August 2022

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EOPAA Committee 2020

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After election of a new executive committee in November 2020, the committee met in December 2020 to elect officers. We are pleased to...
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