Australian Wool Sustainability Scheme

Introducing the Australian Wool Sustainability Scheme

A new name and a new era for the SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme

AWEX is excited to announce that the new Australian Wool Sustainability Scheme (AWSS) has been launched at the International Wool Textile Organisation Congress in Adelaide on 16 April 2024.

The new program, including new standards and processes, will be in place from 1 July 2024 and sets a new standard for wool production and sourcing.

The SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme

Certification provides benchmarks for minimum sustainability standards within the wool production system in Australia and provides integrity and traceability along the pipeline to consumers.

The SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme covers 6 key pillars of wool production systems:

Sheep health and wellbeing

Environmental management & farm facilities

Competence & record keeping

SustainaWOOL defines internationally acceptable standards for sheep welfare, based on the 5-Freedoms of Animal Welfare. Growers are assessed for 23 separate health and welfare contributors.

SustainaWOOL defines internationally acceptable standards for farm stewardship practices, including land and chemical management, work, health and safety, & the standards of facilities through which sheep and wool pass.

SustainaWOOL requires growers to evidence competence and effective record keeping, across stock management and movement, health & veterinary treatments, use & storage of farm chemicals, clip preparation, and vendor declarations.

Wool quality & clip preparation

Social responsibility


SustainaWOOL defines standards for wool harvesting, clip preparation and wool packaging, to ensure minimal risk of harm to sheep, & to ensure high standards of wool quality. Only those wool lots prepared & packed to standard are permitted to be identified as SustainaWOOL certified.

SustainaWOOL requires growers to ensure staff are adequately trained & instructed, & fully compliant with all applicable Workplace Health and Safety and Employment legislation. Our growers typically take part in local environmental groups, such as Landcare.

SustainaWOOL requires traceability of the individual bales back to the farm and the mob of sheep shorn, and all SustainaWOOL growers must complete the National Wool Declaration. All sheep must be securely tagged to permit individual identification to the national standard, and routinely monitored.

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SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme