Local makers and growers in the spotlight for Australian Made Week

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At the kick-off of Australian Made Week, singer-songwriter Jessica Mauboy delivered a heartfelt performance for factory workers, amplifying the campaign’s call to support local goods.

The event, hosted by family-owned manufacturer GME, featured Mauboy and the Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic, who both encouraged consumers to make mindful purchases and favour Australian-made products.

“We Aussies have a reputation and passion for creating things. For me it’s my music and I’m excited to lend my voice to celebrating other Australians who put their heart and soul into producing home-grown products,” Mauboy remarked.

Research by Roy Morgan indicates that if each household spent an additional $10 weekly on Australian-made items, it could inject nearly $5 billion annually into the economy and create up to 9,000 new jobs.

KPMG’s latest Family Business Survey reveals that 67 per cent of Australian businesses are family-owned, employing over half of the national workforce.

Moreover, new Roy Morgan data shows 91 per cent of Australians desire more locally-made options, with 72 per cent planning to buy more Australian-made products in the next year.

Australian Made Chief Executive Ben Lazzaro emphasised that Australian Made Week, running until 26 May, celebrates local producers.

“When we buy products bearing the iconic Australian Made green and gold kangaroo, we are helping all Australians enjoy the lifestyle that makes us the envy of the rest of the world – and even the smallest purchases can make a huge difference,” Lazzaro stated.

“From automotive to arts, beauty to boating, clothing to cleaning products and many, many more, every single purchase of products bearing our unique country-of-origin certification, helps create and support local jobs and boost the economies of the cities, towns and regions where the goods are produced,” he added.

For more information on Australian Made Week and to discover genuinely Australian-made products, visit australianmadeweek.com.au.