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Supporting innovation in Australian textile clothing and footwear companies

26 Jun 2013

Joint media release with the Minister for Small Business, the Hon Gary Gray AO MP

Seventy-eight small businesses across the country will receive up to $50,000 in funding under the Gillard Government's Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business Program.

Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation Senator Kate Lundy and Minister for Small Business Gary Gray today announced a total of $3.1 million will be provided to the business to help stimulate innovation, promote sustainable growth and keep manufacturing in Australia.

"The textile, clothing and footwear sector is an integral part of our manufacturing industry, with many of these businesses based in regional Australia," Senator Lundy said.

"A variety of innovative projects will be funded under the program including implementing
e-commerce strategies and improving manufacturing processes. These innovative projects will help enhance the industry's international competitiveness and long-term viability in these challenging times."

Mr Gray said that by undertaking these projects, the 78 small businesses stood a better chance of succeeding in a tough environment and ensuring job prospects were more secure.

"Small business thrives in Australia because of the inherent Australian entrepreneurial desire to 'have a go'," Mr Gray said.

"This program will help these 78 small businesses adapt to the changing world in which we live and keep manufacturing jobs in Australia."

Successful projects include:

  • Injalak Arts and Crafts Association of Gunbalanya in Northern Territory , which designs and prints indigenous motifs on fabric, will receive $49,125 (excl. GST) to fund a business and e-marketing strategy to support printed fabric production.
  • Merino Country Pty Ltd of Loganholme in Queensland , which designs and manufactures wool fabrics and leisure and safety wear and underwear, will receive $50,000 (excl. GST) to fund a marketing and brand strategy including an e-commerce website.
  • Vertical Orthotics Pty Ltd of Marrickville in New South Wales , which designs and manufactures footwear components for the orthotics and medical grade footwear industry, will receive $49,700 (excl. GST) to fund an e-commerce platform and marketing strategy to promote its customised orthotics capabilities and new customisation tool, called a 'foot alignment system'.

For further information about the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Small Business Program, and a full list of the 78 Round 8 recipients visit AusIndustry's website at, call the hotline on 13 28 46 or email

Media contacts:  Minister Lundy's Office 02 6277 7977
                           Minister Gray's Office 02 6277 7930

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