Businesses Buying LocalBY Australian Retailers Association
Majority of Australian businesses now have a policy or preference for buying Australian-made goods wherever possible, according to independent research released by the Australian Made Campaign.
The report on the purchasing habits of the commercial sector reveals nearly three quarters (74.4%) of Australian businesses favour locally made products.
While only a quarter (26.2%) of all businesses surveyed were found to have an official policy in place, nearly half (48.2%) expressed a preference for buying Australian-made.
Preferences for Australian-made goods were found to vary only slightly across most product categories. ‘Australian-made’ was considered somewhat more important when making purchases for roofing, plumbing and hardware supplies, than when making purchases for stationery and office supplies, tools, hardware and other industrial equipment.
This research is encouraging, and offers hope for Australian producers. Businesses reinvesting in local industry and local jobs through sustainable purchasing policies will go a long way towards developing sectors which are resilient against a fluctuating dollar.
About the Australian Made, Australian Grown Logo
The green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo is the only registered country-of-origin certification trade mark for the full range of genuine Australian products and produce.
It has been helping Australian consumers, farmers, processors and manufacturers for thirty years.
The AMAG logo can only be used on products that are registered with the not-for-profit organisation Australian Made Campaign Limited. The strict set of rules governing the logo’s use also require that it must always be used with one of five descriptors; ‘Australian Made’, ‘Australian Grown’, ‘Product of Australia’, ‘Australian Seafood’ or ‘Australian’ (for export use only). To use the logo goods must meet the criteria set out in Australian Consumer Law as well the more stringent Australian Made, Australian Grown Logo Code of Practice. More than 2,600 businesses are registered to use the AMAG logo, which can be found on some 20,000 products sold here and around the world.
To register to have your products certified as genuinely Australian, visit www.australianmade.com.au.
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Australian Retailers Association
Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.