By Sarah McDonoughThe Australian government will launch a new national register of handmade goods in the next six months to help identify which products are good and which ones are not.
The government’s new website will allow the public to filter by quality, quantity and brand, and will include the names and contact details of people who have made handmade goods.
The register will be created by the Australian Government in consultation with businesses, charities and industry groups.
“This register will help to identify good and quality handmade goods and to assist consumers with the identification of which products they should purchase and which are not,” the Department of Primary Industries and Industry said in a statement.
“It will be used by manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to help guide their supply chain.”
The register is being created in consultation to help ensure quality, supply chain management and the identity of people making handmade goodsThe register of goods will also be used to help the Australian Taxation Office determine if a product is made in a fair or unskilled environment and if it is good quality.
“The register may include information about a person’s identity, their occupation, and their qualifications to make goods, and information about the type of materials they use and the amount of labour they put into their work,” the statement said.
“These will help the tax office to identify whether a product falls into the tax-exempt category or not.”
The list will be updated on a monthly basis.