Australian Made Week kicks off today, urges support for homegrown products

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Australian Made Week kicks off today, 20 May 2024, urging shoppers to make more conscious purchasing decisions in support of Australian makers and growers.

Running until May 26, this week-long event aims to spotlight the benefits of buying locally made products, Australian Made said in a news release.

According to recent research from Roy Morgan, if every Australian household spent an additional $10 a week on Australian Made products, it would inject nearly $5 billion into the economy annually and create up to 9,000 new jobs.

Ben Lazzaro, chief executive of Australian Made, underscored the significant impact of this initiative.

“When we choose to buy local, we’re helping keep Aussies in business and in jobs. Even the smallest purchases can make a huge difference,” Lazzaro stated.

Highlighting the importance of supporting local businesses, Lazzaro pointed to KPMG’s latest Family Business Survey, which found that 67 per cent of all businesses in Australia are family-owned and more than half of the nation’s workforce is employed by these family enterprises.

“All it takes is looking for products bearing the trusted green and gold kangaroo logo, which certifies a product as genuinely Australian Made,” he added.

This year’s Australian Made Week features singer-songwriter Jessica Mauboy as its ambassador, promoting the event nationwide.

Consumers are encouraged to learn more about Australian Made Week and discover Australian Made products by visiting australianmadeweek.com.au.