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.
The mandatory standard for clothing and textile products is based on Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957:1998, Textiles - Care labelling, as varied by Consumer Protection Notice No. 25 of 2010. The mandatory standard applies to the supply of new clothing and textiles.
Information about care labelling for clothing and textiles can be found on the Product Safety Australia website here. Product Safety Australia also published a Supplier Guide that provides an overview of the mandatory requirements for the care labelling of clothing and textile products.
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There is no national mandatory information standard presently in place for fibre content labelling. 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 at 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
- Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) [refer Volume 3, Schedule 2, Chapter 5, Part 5-3 Country of origin representations];
- Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905 (Cth) and Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940 (Cth);
- Customs Act 1901 (Cth).
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CLOTHING SIZE LABELS
AS 1344-1997: Sizing coding scheme for women's clothing - Underwear, outerwear and foundation garments was withdrawn in 2009.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.