If you do not wish to enter online via the boxes above, you can enter using a hard copy entry form by downloading the PDF version below. Please be sure to complete the Entry Declarations and note that a $10 handling fee applies for hard copy entries.
ENTRIES OPEN: Monday, 1st July 2020
ENTRIES CLOSE: COB Friday, 5th September 2020 (post Australian entries by 20th August to ensure arrival by 5th September 2020).
ENTRIES JUDGED: 19th September 2020
MAJOR WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 5th October 2020
Full entry details
Please read below or click on the following to download a PDF version:
For details on how to pack and send your AIOA entry samples click here
Flavoured Olive Oil Classes
All flavoured oils must have a base of extra virgin olive oil. Vegetable and seed oils or blends of these with olive oil will be ineligible for judging.
CLASS 6a: Flavoured (Infused) Oil: Citrus *
(Commercially packaged for sale) Examples of citrus include lemon, orange, blood orange, mandarin, lime, etc.). Minimum volume 50 litres. Entries must be sent commercially packaged and labelled for sale.
All infused flavoured oils must be made using a base oil meeting extra virgin olive oil specification.
Infused flavoured oils may contain a maximum of 1% imported flavour essence.
CLASS 6b: Flavoured (Infused) Oil: Other Flavours *
(Commercially packaged for sale) Examples include herbs, garlic, chilli, etc. Minimum volume 50 litres. Entries must be sent commercially packaged and labelled for sale. Lemon myrtle flavoured oils should be included in Class 6b, Other Flavours.
CLASS 7a: Agrumata method (co-processed) Oil: Citrus *
(Commercially packaged for sale) Examples of citrus include lemon, orange, blood orange, mandarin, lime, etc.). Minimum volume 50 litres. Entries must be sent commercially packaged and labelled for sale. Flavoured Oils Declaration must be completed on entry form.
CLASS 7b: Agrumata method (co-processed): Other Flavours *
(Commercially packaged for sale) Examples include herbs, garlic, chilli, etc. Minimum volume 50 litres. Entries must be sent commercially packaged and labelled for sale. Lemon myrtle flavoured oils should be included in Class 7b, Other Flavours.
A ‘Flavoured Oils Declaration’ must be completed when entering all flavoured oils (online or on an entry form).
* ENTRIES IN CLASS 6 & 7 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE BEST OF SHOW TROPHY.
|There are no limits to the number of entries that any one company or individual can enter.|
Chemical Analysis Testing
Australian Entries – All entries entered into Classes 6 (Infused flavoured oils) must be accompanied by test results of their base oil from an Australian NATA accredited laboratory. This confirms that the base oil was of extra virgin olive oil status pre-infusion.
The three (3) tests required by this competition are FFA (Free Fatty Acid), PV (Peroxide Value) and Ultra Violet (UV). NIR test results are acceptable.
The laboratories below will provide NIR test reports. Approximate cost is $37 AUD per entry.
- NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) (Australian Oils Research Lab), NIR Package C* www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
- Modern Olives Laboratory Services (MOLS) AOA Show pack by NIR www.modernolives.com.au/laboratory)
New Zealand Entries – All entries must be accompanied by Olives New Zealand Certification or test results from an Australian NATA accredited laboratory (see above in Australian entries).
International Entries – All International entries (other than the aforementioned), must be accompanied by test results from an IOC or AOCS accredited laboratory:
Entries entered into Classes 7 (Agrumata method) do not require test results, however the judges reserve the right to withdraw an entry with negative sensory attributes.
All flavoured oils sold in Australia must meet the labelling requirements as per Appendix 2 and 3 of the Australian Olive Industry Code of Best Practice Product Guide for Olive Oil & Flavoured Olive Oil. Third Edition 3.0 (July 2019). See details here: //internationaloliveawardsaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Code-of-Practice-Labelling-Guideline-for-Flavoured-Oils.pdf.
The AOA needs the BATCH/LOT number of your oil on the entry form to clearly correspond with the NATA/IOC/AOCS accredited laboratory sample number on your base oil analysis report.
An example of a DPI Laboratory reference code is R20-01234/0001 and an example of a Modern Olives Laboratory Reference Code is 20/0446/1.
This number assists the AOA in matching the oil in the entry to its correct analysis to make sure that oil meets the chemical parameters for Extra Virgin Olive Oil as set out in the Australian Standards (AS5264-2011). If an entry(s) fail to match then they will be ineligible for judging.
All entries in Classes 6 are expected to meet the following chemical parameters for Extra Virgin Olive Oil (as set out in the Australian Standards [AS5264-2011]), in particular:
- Free Fatty Acid (FFA): ≤ 8%
- Peroxide Value (PV): ≤ 20 meq 02/kg oil.
- Absorbency in Ultra Violet: (UV)
- K232 <2.50, K270 <0.22, ∆K </0.01/
Entries assessed as faulty may be withdrawn at the head judge’s discretion. The head judge will contact the entrant to discuss such concerns.
Entry Fees (per entry)
To receive the discounted entry fees below; all AOA Financial membership fees MUST be up to date or either paid in advance or at the time of entering the Competition. A remittance statement or payment for AOA & COP membership(s) must be sent with your entry forms. No exceptions.
* prices are GST exclusive. International Exhibitors will not be charged GST.
|Class 6 – 7|
|Australian and International EVOO (per entry)||$350.00|
|43% Discount for AOA members (Australian and International). For more information on AOA membership, refer below.||$200.00|
Order of Judging
The Chief Steward will assign the entries an order of tasting in each class to ensure the oils can be judged fairly without being affected on the palate by other oils with stronger and more pungent flavours. Oils with garlic or chilli flavourings are tasted at the end of the judging program.
Flavoured Olive Oils Entry Requirements
Emulsions: Entries entered must not contain any emulsions (mixtures of olive oil and other substances not soluble in oil such as water or vinegar) and must be labelled as per Appendix 2 and 3 of the Australian Olive Industry Code of Best Practice Product Guide for Olive Oil & Flavoured Olive Oil. Third Edition 3.0 (July 2019). See details here: //internationaloliveawardsaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Code-of-Practice-Labelling-Guideline-for-Flavoured-Oils.pdf.
Use of fresh flavouring agents: For safety, flavouring agents such as fresh or dried garlic, herbs or any other ‘fresh’ agent are strictly prohibited.
Non-Oil organic matter: Entries that contain pieces of organic matter are strictly prohibited, so please ensure all fresh or dried flavourings are removed before sending entries. Any entry containing fresh or dried flavourings will be ineligible for judging. * Remember to complete and sign the Flavoured Oils Declaration when completing your entries.
Samples required: A minimum of 1.5 litres of oil must be provided for each entry entered. This can be three (3) samples of 500ml /750ml or six (6) 250ml samples. This can be in bottles, casks and or tins. Any remaining entries remain the property of the Australian Olive Association Ltd.
Commercially Packaged: Entries in Class 6 and 7 must be commercially packaged and labelled and intended to be available for sale at the time of entry. The organising committee reserves the right to reallocate or exclude entries from judging that fail to meet this requirement without notice.
Proof of volume: The entrant agrees to accede to any reasonable request by the organising committee to prove that any entry submitted by them is commercially available in the volume specified on the entry form. The organising committee reserves the right to refuse any entry.
For more comprehensive Australian International Olive Awards Conditions of Entry visit:
Awards, Trophies & Decals
Gold Award (86-100 points)
Silver Award (76–85 points)
Bronze Award (65–75 points)
- Trophy for Best Flavoured Olive Oil of Show (Awarded to the overall best flavoured olive oil of the day from Class 6 & 7.)
- Champion Flavoured (Infused) Oil & Reserve Champion
- Champion Agrumato method (co-processed) Oil & Reserve Champion
Official Award Decals
- 2020 Medal Decals and digital medal artwork will be available to order and pay for online. Details of online ordering and postage will be emailed to entrants on the 5th October 2020.
- See Conditions of Entry for more information more about Decal use.
All entrants will be emailed their personal results by the 5th October This email will include competition results including any medals won and notification of any major award achievements. The email will include a link to online decal ordering. Medal certificates and major awards will be posted to entrants in early October.
How to Enter
- Go to //internationaloliveawardsaustralia.com.au and complete your online entry by clicking on the EVOO, Flavoured Oils and Table Olives links at the top of the home page. Fill in your entry details and Add to Cart. You can add as many entries in this category as needed. When finished, click View Cart and your entries will be detailed. To enter another category (Flavoured Oils, Table Olives, EVOO) click on the ‘To enter more entries click here’ link at the bottom of the page.
- Once you have completed your entries, they will all be in your Cart. When finished, click the Proceed to checkout box. You then need to fill in your contact and company billing details. When you first register with the online entries, you will be emailed a username and password to use to view your entries and make further entries. If you entered the 2018 or 2019 competition, your username and password will be the same.
- Then click on Place Order to make the payment by credit card. All payments will be made in Australian Dollars. You will receive an emailed receipt of the entries you entered and the payment made.
- Alternatively, you can download and complete the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards Entry Form from the same webpage. If you use a hard copy entry form you will be emailed an invoice from the AOA. Be sure to complete the Entry Declarations. A $10 handling fee will be incurred for all paper entries.
- Clearly mark each entry (bottle/tin/cask) with the 4-digit identification code used on this entry form. Photographs of the front label will be taken so place code sticker at the back of packaging.
- Send your adequately packed and labelled entry(s) with a copy of your entry details (online entry receipt or hard copy entry form), oil analysis (classes 1 – 6) and payment receipt to: AIOA Head Steward, Trudie Michels, C/o 78 Queen Street, Norwood SA 5067 Australia. Entries must be received by Friday 4th September 2020.
- The AOA recommends that you track your parcel to make sure it reaches the intended address on time. The AOA is not responsible for shipping or customs charges.
IMPORTANT: Carefully wrap each bottle individually with bubble wrap or other suitable shock absorbent material to avoid entries being broken during transit. We also recommend placing each wrapped entry into a large plastic ziplock back. Should the bottle break the damage will be contained. Broken entries will not be included for judging and fees will not be refunded.
For posting Exhibits into Australia
- Do not pack your entry in wooden or cardboard boxes that have been used to hold fruit, vegetables or meat/smallgoods – this packaging is a biosecurity risk.
- Do not pack with straw or dried plant material; use newspaper, bubble wrap or foam to wrap fragile goods.
- Make sure you fill out the declaration label clearly and correctly, itemising everything inside the package, including any packaging materials you have used.
- Clearly label the contents “Olive Oil” and/or “Table Olives”. “Sample, No Commercial Value. Not for sale. Mark them “Food sample for exhibition/competition”.
- Entrants will be charged for all customs charges on their international shipping documents should the documents/sample package not be properly prepared
- DHL and FEDEX are recommended international couriers
Post Australian entries by 20th August 2020 to ensure arrival by close of business Friday 4th September 2020.
AIOA Flavoured Olive Oil Competition Entries (including evidence of entry payment, oil analysis (class 6) and online entry receipt/hard copy entry form) can be sent/couriered to:
Head Steward AIOA
For more comprehensive Australian International Olive Awards Conditions of Entry visit:
Enquiries regarding the competition or general enquiries should be directed to:
Ms Trudie Michels, Chief Steward
Phone: 0419 031 527 (+61 419 031 527)
The Australian Olive Association Ltd (AOA) invites all Australian International Olive Awards exhibitors to become a member of the AOA.
The AOA is the Governments Prescribed Industry Body (PIB) responsible for representing all levy payers in Australia. The AOA is also the peak Industry body that looks after interests of Australian olive growers as well as supporting the broader community of industry participants, including service providers, marketers, our international partners and olive enthusiasts.
- As a member of the AOA you will receive a substantial 40% discount ($150/entry) on entry to the inaugural Australian International Olive Awards.
- As a new AOA member, you will receive a complimentary copy of the excellent book Olive Growing, which is referred to as “the Olive grower’s bible” (normally $160.00).
- AOA members receive discounts to industry run events such as workshops, training seminars and the annual National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition.
- AOA members are also eligible to become Signatories to the OliveCare® Code of Best Practice.
- AIOA testing is also accepted for compliance with OliveCare® requirements.
- The AOA sends regular information and newsletters via email, and social media. AOA pages have industry focus //www.facebook.com/AustralianOliveAssociationLtd and consumer focus //www.facebook.com/AustralianExtraVirgin/
- For more information visit australianolives.com.au