Australian Made Week starts today (15 May), with shoppers urged to say ‘g’day’ to one extra locally made or grown product each week to boost the country’s economy.
According to Roy Morgan research, if every household spent an additional $10 a week on Australian Made products, an extra $4.8 billion would be injected into the economy each year, creating up to 9,500 new jobs.
Australian Made Chief Executive Ben Lazzaro says Australian Made Week celebrates local makers and growers and encourages all Aussies to get behind them.
“This is an incredible opportunity to not only buy local, but also to reflect on the direct economic impact purchasing goods with the Australian Made logo can have on thousands of workers throughout the supply chain,” he says.
“Every change consumers make in their weekly shopping – even the smallest ones – can create a huge difference for local businesses.”
Australian Made Week ambassador and former Australian tennis player Ash Barty is calling on all Aussies to get involved during the week by buying genuine Aussie products bearing the green-and-gold kangaroo.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying new sporting kit or a bag of apples, spending your money on Australian made or grown is a great way to support your local community,” she says.
“Australian products have a great reputation around the world for having some of the highest standards in craftsmanship, safety and quality. That’s a great reason to get behind them, but it’s also in all our best interests to buy local whenever we can and encourage all our family and friends to do the same.”
Australian Made Week is in its third year and is being promoted through TV, radio, print and online advertisements featuring Ms Barty.