FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Published on 31/05/17

MEDIA RELEASE

Victorian Government continues its support for local garment industry

The Victorian Government has announced that it will provide $3 million over three years to support Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA)’s accreditation program.

ECA welcomes this confirmation of funding and commends the Victorian Government on its ongoing support for local garment workers in the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry. This commitment to supporting Australian manufacturers will help ensure ethical supply chains throughout the local TCF industry.

ECA is a voluntary accreditation and labelling system that safeguards Australian TCF workers and advocates for fair wages and decent conditions. An ECA spokesperson commented on the funding announcement, “Government support is crucial to developing an ethical and sustainable future for the Australian TCF industry. We look forward to continuing our work with the support of the Victorian Government.”

Michele O’Neil, National Secretary of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA), stated: “This commitment by the Victorian Government will see some of Australia’s lowest paid and most exploited workers receive fair wages and work in safe conditions. This support is integral to the success of ECA’s accreditation scheme, which has helped thousands of garment workers in the TCF industry obtain their legal entitlements.”

Damien Peirce-Grant, Chief Operating Officer of Cue Clothing Co., said “Cue has a longstanding relationship with ECA and places great value on its transparent local supply chain. ECA assists Cue to ensure a legally compliant and ethical workplace and is an invaluable resource for Australian TCF businesses. We welcome this decision by the Victorian Government to continue supporting both ECA and the welfare of Australian garment workers.”

With approximately 90 Australian brands and manufacturers already accredited—many of which are based in Victoria—this funding will enable ECA to continue assisting businesses across the TCF industry. Once compliant, accredited brands can display the ECA trademark on their Australian-made products, providing consumers and buyers with a way to identify and support ethical and locally made products.

ECA believes the future of the Australian TCF industry is one that values transparency, third-party compliance and ethical business practices.

For comment please contact:

• Sigrid McCarthy, Ethical Clothing Australia: 0404 328 078
• Michele O’Neil, TCFUA National Secretary: 0419 338 853
• Damien Peirce-Grant, Cue Chief Operating Officer: 0409 222 008