The Australian Made Campaign made this request on the 30th anniversary of one of Australia’s great sporting achievements - the America’s Cup victory. Memorabilia displayed during the anniversary celebrations included the uniform worn by Australian sailors, which was produced by Victorian knitwear manufacturer Hysport. Hysport is still manufacturing quality knitwear today, right here in Australia.
Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive Ian Harrison said that this was a timely reminder for sports organisations to consider sourcing their uniforms from Australian manufacturers.
Mr Harrison explains Australia has some of the highest manufacturing standards in the world, making them perfectly capable of meeting the requirements of their elite athletes. He commented that when consumers including the Government are placing more importance on buying Australian-made, it is disappointing that so few organisations have local procurement policies in place.
A recently released Roy Morgan research revealed just 20 per cent of Australian companies have a firm policy of buying Australian-made goods wherever possible. According to Mr Harrison, while it is important to keep costs down, products made and grown in Australia to high quality, health and safety standards also offer genuine value.