A successful first-ever Australian Made Week has just wrapped up from May 24th-30th. The campaign encouraged shoppers to help support our local Australian suppliers. Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive Officer Ben Lazzaro said he hoped the mindset encouraged from the campaign will continue long-term into the future.
The week encouraged customers to look for and buy products with the green and gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo. The goal was to demonstrate the power of changing buying habits and the positive impact of buying things that will boost our local economies.
Ben Lazzaro says, “every dollar we spend on Australian goods has a direct impact on Australian manufacturers and growers, as well as local retailers and suppliers. It creates Aussie jobs, boosts the economy and supports the broader community. Whether you are buying items for entertaining or supplies for a holiday, look for the logo to be sure it’s genuinely Aussie.”
According to recent Roy Morgan research, if every household spent an additional $10 a week on Australian Made products, it would inject an extra $5 billion into the economy each year and create up to 11,000 new jobs.
The research also found that 80% of consumers prefer to buy Australian-made food & beverages and agricultural & gardening products, 74% would rather buy Australian child & baby care products, 68% for building & renovation materials and animal, pet & pet care products, 64% for household cleaning & laundry products, 62% for caravan, camping & outdoor living products, 60% for beauty, personal care and cosmetics.
CEO Mr Lazzaro highlighted the impact of this Australia Made Week. “It’s an opportunity to focus on the benefits of buying local and highlight that when you buy Australian Made, you have a direct economic impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Australians throughout the supply chain,” he said.
“All of our brands are supported by Aussies who work every day to produce high quality products that are distributed across Australia. Australian Made Week is a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on those interesting and inspiring people behind local brands and manufacturing.”
“Manufacturing is an essential part of our economy. Every Australian Made product purchased is directly supporting our industry of 900,000 people and thousands of businesses across the supply chain. One job in manufacturing produces three to four jobs in other parts of the economy,” he said.
For us at Black Lab Design, we are more than a sheet metal fabrication workshop or industrial design and engineering house, it’s about building a culture and delivering value beyond just the finished product to our customers. We wanted to communicate our personality and vision, that of building an environment of open collaboration and friendship between our own team and that of our clients and partners where we share knowledge, ideas and successes.
We have registered our COVID-19 response products with Australian Made’s product registry such as; Social Distancing Screens, Hand Sanitiser Hygiene Station (Small) and our Hand Sanitiser Hygiene Counter station.
Australians should continue to consider the the flow-on effects of their purchasing decisions. When ythey buy Australian Made and Australian Grown products through initiatives such as ‘Australia Made Week’, they are helping to support local businesses and communities across Australia.