The mandatory standard for care labelling was initially introduced on 1 March 1980. It was then amended in 1 January 2004 and reviewed in 2009. The latest revision of the mandatory standard came into effect on 1 September 2010. It covers requirements for care labelling for clothing and textiles.
The mandatory standard for textiles labelling covers:
piece goods made from textiles
plastic coated fabrics
Care labelling provides the public with enough information to:
know how to care for clothing and textile products
have prior knowledge of costs such as dry cleaning in the ongoing care of clothing and textile products
understand how to clean clothing and textile products properly (e.g. cold hand wash only)
maximise the useful life of clothing and textile products
avoid damage such as dyes running (e.g. wash separately).
This mandatory standard is based on Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957:1998, Textiles—Care labelling.
AS/NZS 1957:1998 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called up into the mandatory standard. To understand the mandatory aspects of the standard, you must consult Consumer Protection Notice No. 25 of 2010, which covers specific information on care labelling requirements for clothing and textiles.
The mandatory standard came into effect on 1 September 2010.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant of confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying clothing and textiles, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
Supplying clothing and textiles that do not comply with this mandatory standard can make you liable for heavy fines and recall of non-compliant products. For more details view Penalties and consequences.