Sadly, there are still those in the Australian fashion and clothing industry who operate with little regard for even the basic laws and working conditions. We continue to find clothing workers in Australia, particularly home-based workers, who are paid low wages below the minimum wage and do not receive entitlements such as superannuation or annual leave.
To tackle underpayment and poor conditions in the industry, various business and union representatives have come together as Ethical Clothing Australia to help local clothing businesses ensure that Australian workers making their products receive fair wages and work in decent conditions.
By registering with Ethical Clothing Australia, clothing businesses are committing to take certain steps to keep their Australian-based supply chains transparent and ensure that they and any sub-contractors are compliant with the relevant Australian laws.
Once compliant, accredited brands are licensed to display the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark on their Australian-made products, providing consumers and buyers with a way to identify and support ethical Australian-made products.
When you see the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark on a product, it means it was made in Australia and everyone involved in its production received, as a minimum, the legal rates of pay and conditions.