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Quality Assurance & Accreditations

Queensland Government Preferred Supplier

Empire Office Furniture has been selected by the Queensland Government to become one of its preferred suppliers for the supply, delivery and installation of furniture to eligible Queensland Government Customers state-wide (DET 68449 SOA).

Effective 1st February 2017, this Whole-of-Government (WoG) Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) means customers can buy directly from Empire without having to go through onerous procurement processes due to Empire's pre-qualification.

This Arrangement is managed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and includes an extensive range of office furniture, secure furniture, hospital and health furniture, education furniture and speciality items.

Look for the DET 68449 SOA logo on applicable products in the Government Buyers section of our website.

NSW Government: Office and Education Furniture Contract 771

Empire Office Furniture is an approved supplier for the NSW Government, under the Office and Education Furniture Contract No. 771. Empire is one of the “Tier 1” suppliers approved to fulfil orders up to and above $150,000. Empire is approved to supply furniture from 12 product categories, across all NSW regions.


e-ZERO (E0) Melamine board is a mandatory requirement for all State Government Schools and Government Departments. "E0" means the product exceeds Australian Standards and guarantees the lowest possible formaldehyde levels (near to zero). Empire Office Furniture provides E0 board to all customers upon request.

NSW Government Approved Supplier

Empire Office Furniture is a pre-approved office furniture supplier for NSW Government agencies undertaking work for low risk contracts valued up to $100,000 excluding GST.

The NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, in consultation with industry and NSW Government agencies developed the NSW Government Office Furniture Prequalification Scheme. Under Procurement Board Direction agencies have an obligation to use this whole of government scheme.

As a prequalified base supplier for agencies purchasing seating, steel furniture, workstations, desks, tables and other general office furniture, the benefits in buyers utilising Empire Office Furniture under this scheme include -

  • Risk assessment requirements already approved
  • Ability to drive value from the scheme by assessing price and non-price factors for each engagement

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Quality Assurance

Empire Office Furniture is committed to ensuring quality products and services whilst also being dedicated to continuous improvement to our systems and procedures.

Empire has been assessed and certified by Compass Assurance Services to the following management systems, standards and guidelines:


The scope of Certification covers the following activities:

Purchase, import, stock, supply, and installation of quality business furniture to a wide range of clients including the Government and Corporate Sector, small business and home office, specialising in office fitouts and projects.

AFRDI Certified Products

The Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (AFRDI) is an independent not-for-profit technical organisation providing standards, testing, product certification and research for buyers and sellers of furniture.

AFRDI operates a quality certification system for furniture and related components with the objective to increase product durability thus improving sustainability. Certification criteria includes requirements for strength, durability, stability, and function.

The AFRDI Certification Scheme is based on the results of performance testing of representative samples of product provided by the supplier.

Empire Office Furniture includes AFRDI Certified products in its office furniture range.

Look for the AFRDI logo on applicable products on our website.

GECA Approved Products

GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia), runs Australia's only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector eco-labelling program and is the only Australian member with GENICES recognition from the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN).

The GECA ecolabel shows that a product or service has been rigorously assessed for its impact over its life cycle and it is safer for your work colleagues or your family. When you choose GECA certified products you can have confidence in the environmental and health claims of the product.

Empire Office Furniture provides GECA approved products throughout its office furniture range.

Look for the GECA logo on applicable products on our website.

BIFMA Approved Educational Furniture

BIFMA (Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association ] is the trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers.

BIFMA sponsors the development of safety and performance standards, provides industry statistics and forecasts, advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation, and serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration.

BIFMA has been the voice of the commercial furniture industry since 1973.

Empire Office Furniture includes BIFMA approved products in its educational furniture range.

Look for the BIFMA logo on applicable products on our website.

Local Buy Preferred Supplier

Empire Office Furniture has been selected by Local Buy as a preferred supplier of office furniture to various Queensland government departments (BUS258-0816 – Supply of Office & Stationery Goods & Associated Services).

Local Buy Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Local Government Association of Queensland Ltd (LQAC). Local Buy's core focus is to support Queensland Councils to reduce the risk, time and costs associated with internal procurement processes. Councils can access a range of goods and services through a quotation, rather than tender process, saving time and money.

Effective 8th February 2017 for a period of two years, this Local Buy arrangement effectively means customers can now access a comprehensive range of office furniture from Empire by simply obtaining a quote.

All Queensland Local Government Authorities can purchase without tendering or requesting multiple quotes.

Look for the Local Buy logo on applicable products on our website.

GREENGUARD Certified Products

UL Environment's GREENGUARD Certification program helps manufacturers create, and helps buyers identify and trust interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. All certified products must meet stringent emissions standards based on established chemical exposure criteria.

GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.

Certification Types

GREENGUARD Certification

The GREENGUARD Certification Program [formerly known as GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification) gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors.


The GREENGUARD Gold standard includes health based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

Empire Office Furniture includes GREENGUARD Certified products in its office furniture range.

Look for the GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold logos on applicable products on our website.