Shop local and support your fellow Aussie - it’s the Australian thing to do, after all.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that as of June 2014, there were 2,100,162 Australian business actively trading. That was 1% more than the previous year, which means the industry is growing. Want to know how you can help it grow faster? That’s right, by supporting Australian trade.
Not only does supporting Australian businesses 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, 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:
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.
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 eBay Australia, Etsy Australia and Sunshine Markets are a good alternative. Choose “Australia only” when purchasing to ensure you’re buying local.
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.
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 Paper Planes. 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.