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 has also published a Supplier Guide that provides an overview of the mandatory requirements for the care labelling of clothing and textile products.
Find the Supplier Guide at:
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING
The ACCC have published a new quide to assist businesses when making country of origin claims. Find the guide at:
Also find information at:
FIBRE CONTENT LABELLING
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 NSW 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.
The draft guide General law - A guide for businesses and legal practitioners states: "The ACL recognises the following mandatory information standard: fibre content labelling of textile products - labels must state the various percentages of fibres, such as wool or cotton, in the textile".
From productsafety.gov.au: "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."
Best practice is to show percentage of each fibre and list them in descending order (highest to lowest).
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CLOTHING SIZING LABELLING
The Australian standard for children's clothing sizing is:
For more information about the current status of Australian clothing standards, refer to:
Further issues about clothing sizing in the global landscape can be found on the Wikipedia page about EN 13402, the European Standard for labelling clothes sizes.