The Australian Made Campaign is encouraging shoppers to buy local this Christmas to support and celebrate local industry and local jobs.
“The festive season is a great time to celebrate the fantastic products and produce we have here in this country, and the people behind them. When you buy Aussie-made and grown products, you know you’re getting great quality, but you can also count on the fact that your purchase is supporting a local grower or manufacturer at the same time,” Australian Made Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said.
Mr Harrison believes the green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo is the best way for consumers to be sure the products they are purchasing are genuinely Australian.
The AMAG logo is the only registered certification trade mark for Australian country of origin claims.
“That means when you see the AMAG logo on products or produce, you know you’re buying genuine Aussie,” Mr Harrison said.
People looking for Australian-made or grown gifts can find a stockist by visiting www.australianmade.com.au.
“We now enjoy Australian-made and grown alternatives for almost everything, from fashion to furniture, home wares, tools, equipment and more,” he said.
Mr Harrison also warned of the dangers associated with buying products through websites based overseas where Australia’s consumer laws have no effect.
“This is a good time of year to remind people who are looking to buy online about the benefits of buying from local retailers, which include warranties, returns policies and the right to a refund where a product has been found to be defective – which are not always provided offshore.”