Celebrating Australian Made Week 2023 from 15-21 May
With 15-21 May being Australian Made Week this year, we’re taking the opportunity to explore the importance of the Australian Made logo and how you can support our local economy in a rapidly globalising market.
While international trading across global markets is a necessity with its numerous benefits, it can also present several disadvantages over time, such as increased competition and labour exploitation, as well as negatively impacting our environment with an increasing carbon footprint.
On the other hand, we can protect and grow our local economy by promoting Australian manufacturing. Bolstering local communities and businesses, domestic manufacturing delivers widespread advantages including creating jobs throughout the supply chain, supporting development in regional areas, and nurturing our homegrown talent.
What’s the significance behind the Australian Made logo?
Recognised by 99.6% of Australian consumers aged 18 and over, the Australian Made logo was first created by the Australian Government in 1986 to promote Australian-made products in local and overseas markets.
37 years on, the Australian Made campaign continues to thrive. Certifying that goods have successfully met specific requirements and are of Australian origin, 93% of Australians reported that they preferred products with Australian Made’s signature green-and-gold triangular logo. According to the latest figures from Roy Morgan Research, four in five say buying Australian is important to them.
Earning consumer trust and patriotic support, and guaranteeing that products have been made to the highest standards, the eye-catching Australian Made logo also serves as a potent sales and marketing asset for ‘genuinely Aussie’ brands.
How globalisation is impacting our local manufacturing
Lifting the barriers to international trade, globalisation allows goods and services to move freely across borders. This allows businesses to access larger overseas markets and expand their customer base, as well as potentially lowering operational and production costs. Similarly, consumers can enjoy a wider array of products and services at competitive prices.
While embracing a globalised economy offers significant benefits, it can also pose significant disadvantages for local economies.
Here are 5 examples of how globalisation can negatively impact Australia’s local manufacturing and economy:
- The decline of certain domestic industries and consequent loss of local jobs due to manufacturing activities being offshored and/or outsourced.
- Supply chains becoming less streamlined and being vulnerable to global-scale disruptions, including factors outside of our control.
- Fierce competition from both local and overseas manufacturers due to the availability of cheaper imported products.
- Increased risk of intellectual property theft and the production of counterfeit goods.
- An increased carbon footprint, from importing and exporting goods over longer distances, adversely impacts our environment and sustainability.
Adapting to economic trends, it’s important to recognise that globalisation can introduce both opportunities and challenges to Australia’s local manufacturing.
With the help of effective trading policies and strategies, alongside campaigns like Australian Made, we can continue to help local businesses and manufacturers to thrive in a globalised economy.
How you can promote local manufacturing by choosing the Australian Made logo
Now being used by over 2600 businesses, the Australian Made logo appears on more than 16,000 products ranging from high-end beauty products to industry materials, across both domestic and international export markets.
In recognition of Australian Made Week, Australian Made Chief Executive Ben Lazzaro said, “This is a great time to remind everyone about the direct economic impact buying Australian can have on the livelihoods of thousands of Australians throughout the supply chain.”
As a shopper, you can get involved in Australian Made Week and encourage local manufacturing by:
- Looking for and purchasing products with the Australian Made logo
- Actively considering the flow-on effects of your purchasing decisions
- Spreading the word about the importance of buying Australian Made goods
Championing Australia’s local makers and growers, some major supporting retailers and associations include ALDI, Coles, Qantas and Woolworths (and of course, Classic Architectural Group).
You can look for Australian Made products and learn more about partnering companies on the Australian Made website.
With continual investment in local manufacturing and jobs, Classic Architectural Group is proud to support the Australian Made logo
Classic Architectural Group has long been trusted as a 100% Australian-owned business – we’ve invested in local manufacturing and local jobs, with teams and services operating right across Australia, for over 40 years – and we’re committed to upholding this for future generations.
Operating out of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, we’ve always believed in setting the industry benchmark and creating employment opportunities to support our local economy.
From our cleaners to accountants, and installers to site coordinators, our team shares a collective passion for enhancing public safety and providing end-to-end quality access solutions.
Classic has also been licensed by Australian Made Campaign Limited to use the Australian Made logo on many of our products, including:
- Classic Tredfx Entrance Matting
- Classic Integra Stair Nosings
- Classic Integra Tactile Indicators
In line with our values, we’re proud to get behind all Australian Made campaign activities to continue promoting local manufacturing and local products.
Let’s support Australian Made and create a better future for all Australians
“When you buy Australian, you support Australia.”
Beyond Australian Made Week, let’s continue to promote domestic manufacturing and celebrate our local makers and growers. The more we support and buy locally, the more jobs we’ll keep and create jobs for our fellow Australians. Visit the Australian Made website to explore how you can shop Australian Made products or register your own products.
Your convenient one-stop shop, Classic Architectural Group specialises in fulfilling the complete supply chain, from design to installation, across our core product ranges. Whether it’s a refurbishment or a new build, we’re here to empower you to do what you do best, with passion, transparency and the Aussie work ethic you know and love.