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Australian Apparel Compliance With Mandatory Standards

The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) oversees the standards for all apparel that goes on sale in Australia. The standards are designed to ensure that materials used in fabrics and dyes are safe for use. The Australian apparel standards also cover topics such as care labelling, packaging, sizing and adherence to the Modern Slavery Act throughout the production cycle.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission: ACCC

What you can expect from our apparel compliance service

  • Understanding of the apparel legislation in Australia
  • Compliance with the mandatory standard for children’s clothing requirements (children’s nightwear and limited daywear)
  • Managing and analysis of test reports for children’s nightwear and some daywear, as well as towels that incorporate arms, etc.
  • Material compositions and labelling requirements
  • Australian sizes
  • Textiles test reports for quality assurance
  • Landfill levy and second-hand apparel
  • Packaging related legislation and voluntary standards
  • Chemicals and heavy metals guidelines
  • Social compliance and modern slavery compliance

Care labelling for clothing and textiles compliance

Care labelling gives customers the right information to:

  • know how to care for clothing and textile products
  • have prior knowledge of costs, such as dry cleaning, in the ongoing care of clothing and textile products
  • understand how to clean clothing and textile products properly (for example, cold hand wash only)
  • maximise the useful life of clothing and textile products
  • avoid damage such as dyes running (for example, wash separately).

The mandatory standard requires that clothing (as well as other textile-based products) must have adequate care labelling instructions attached to them.

Nightwear for Children standards compliance

Children’s nightwear covers items in the sizes 00–14, including pyjamas, nightdresses and nightshirts, dressing gowns and bathrobes, loose boxer shorts, all-in-ones, and infant sleep bags.

Children can suffer severe burns if their nightwear catches fire. The mandatory standard prescribes requirements for safety testing and labelling of children’s nightwear and paper patterns for making children’s nightwear.

Azo Dyes compliance

Azo dyes are synthetic dyes used in a variety of consumer goods including foods, cosmetics, carpets, clothes, leather and textiles.

A small proportion of azo dyes contain, or can break down to form, aromatic amines. Some aromatic amines, such as benzidine, 3,3’-dimethylbensidine and p-aminoazobenzene are suspected carcinogens.

Compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2018

This Act requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions to address those risks. Other entities based, or operating, in Australia may report voluntarily.

Compliance with Sun Protective Clothing standards

This Standard sets out procedures for determining the performance of materials and items of clothing that are worn in close proximity to the skin to provide protection against solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The sun protective capability of materials and clothing is described in terms of their UPF, which is based on an objective, reproducible test conducted on the material. This information is provided to the consumer in the form of a labelling scheme.

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