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10 quick ways to support Australian businesses

Shop local and support your fellow Aussie - it’s the Australian thing to do, after all.

Not only does supporting Australian companies mean you’re helping your fellow Australians succeed in their business and keeping Aussies employed, you’re also helping the Australian economy grow. Shopping local is an obvious step to supporting Australian business growth, but what else can you do?

Here are 10 top ways to fuel our economy and make sure the underdog Australian comes out on top.

1. Separate the Australians from the pack

Knowing who’s true blue and who’s not can be difficult, especially with businesses being bought out or franchising. To help you out, we’ve devised a number of lists of retailers who are still flying the green and gold loudly and proudly. Use them to help you decide where to buy:

Our guides to buying Australian fashion and beauty:

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2. Support Aussie farmers

While larger supermarkets do offer fresh produce by Australian farmers, you can still go one step further and buy direct from the farmers themselves. This ensures that all proceeds go to the hard-workers who grow and pack your produce. It’s not as hard as you think to do either with many sites like Aussie Farmers Direct (picture below) allowing you to purchase online and have your groceries delivered direct to your door.

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3. Eat seasonal

Resist the urge to create a summer-fruit trifle during winter and re-organise your recipes to be seasonal. By doing this it will make sense to buy fresh Australian-grown produce rather than something that’s been imported due to it being out-of-season here. Prefer to wine and dine? Choose restaurants that follow a seasonally driven menu which mean it’s more likely they’re supported Aussie farmers, too.

4. Support the small guys

According to the ABS, of the two million active businesses in June 2014, 97% of them were small businesses. That’s a lot of little guys that need your love, so look out for emerging brands to support - you never know, they could become big one day.

5. Explore the markets

Many suburbs around Australia offer weekend markets and fleece stalls that can be a top place to find knickknacks and treasures. Not only will you support Australian businesses this way, you can adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle by shopping secondhand and vintage wears, too. If there are no markets near you, online markets like Etsy Australia and Sunshine Markets are a good alternative. Choose “Australia only” when purchasing to ensure you’re buying local.

6. Sponsor

Are you a member of a local team or club? Perhaps your kids are? Getting your team sponsored by a local in your area is an easy way to help each other out. The business will cover the cost of items like team uniforms and in return, those will be branded to help the business advertise to the local community.

7. Travel local

Tourism is an important market for economic growth and while we’re not saying you should write off travelling overseas, we are saying that if you’re thinking of a holiday why not check out the beauties in your own backyard? You’ll discover more about your country and support local businesses in other cities and states, too. Pictured: Hamilton Island

8. Go to a game

Whatever sport you choose, opt to see it live to experience the game in full. There’s AFL, NRL, cricket and the Australian Open, to name a few. By attending a game, you’re creating jobs for support staff like ushers, ticket people and food stalls workers. Opt to take public transport to and from the venue and you’ll further support our transport workers.

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9. Let an Aussie entertain you

There’s no denying that Australians are a talented bunch and our entertainment industry is booming, so you really have no excuse not to watch it. Make a point of going out to see an Australian comedian live or watch an Aussie movie like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dressmaker or Lion. They’re all definitely worth the cinematic experience.

10. Read Australian authors

According to a study by Macquarie University's Department of Economics, while the average income of an author is $62,000, only $12,000 of that is attributed to writing , which suggests that Australian authors need a little help from you. Support local literature by buying a book by an Australian author, sitting on your verandah on a balmy summer evening and getting lost in a good read. Verandah optional.


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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