There are many labelling requirements for Australian TCF products

TFIA consults with the Federal Government on clothing and textile labelling issues, including the need for size data applications in the Australian TCF industry.

As a TFIA member you have access to all documentation and support about standards and your obligations under current legislation.

 

CARE LABELS

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The mandatory standard for care labelling for clothing and textiles was initially introduced on 01 March 1980. It was then amended on 01 January 2004, and reviewed in 2009. The latest revision of the mandatory standard came into effect on 01 September 2010.

The mandatory standard is based on Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957:1998, Textiles - Care labelling, as varied by Consumer Protection Notice No. 25 of 2010.

Information on care labelling for clothing and textiles can be found at the Australian Government's Product Safety Australia website, administered by the ACCC.

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CONTENT LABELS

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There is no national mandatory information standard presently in place. There were fibre content labelling laws operating in several states until the end of 2010. However, the majority of these standards lapsed with the advent of the Australian Consumer Law in January 2011.

State regulations are still in force in New South Wales that require fibre content labelling of textile products. Further information on the NSW regulations can be found by visiting the NSW Office of Fair Trading website.

A national mandatory information standard for fibre content labelling may be considered in the future as part of the harmonisation of information standards across Australia. Development of any such mandatory information standard would need to comply with agreed ACL and COAG processes and would involve consultation with stakeholders, including industry and consumers.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELS

CLOTHING SIZE LABELS

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AS 1344-1997: Sizing coding scheme for women's clothing - Underwear, outerwear and foundation garments was withdrawn in 2009. AS 1954-1976: Size designation scheme for men's clothing (including multiple fitting outerwear and industrial wear) was withdrawn in 1998. AS1182-1997: Size coding scheme for infants' and children's clothing - Underwear and outerwear still exists. For further reference see EN 13402 European Standard for labelling clothes sizes.

For more information about the current status of Australian clothing standards click HERE.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL LABELS

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Rating systems and accreditation schemes for energy, water and waste conservation, safe use of chemicals and carbon emission reductions continue to evolve. For example, organic labels such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and labels which build confidence in textiles such as Oeko-Tex®.