Textile, Clothing and Footwear Corporatewear Register

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Provides employees with tax deductions for the cost of renting, purchasing or maintaining a non-compulsory uniform, where this clothing is registered by employers. Employers are also eligible for fringe benefit tax (FBT) concessions on any contribution they make towards the employee’s uniforms.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an employer in Australia with a non-compulsory corporate uniform that meets the Approved Occupational Clothing Guidelines
  • have a complete outfit as a non-compulsory uniform which includes a company identifier.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications to register a non-compulsory corporate uniform may be made at any time.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

Any employer in Australia can register their non-compulsory corporate uniform and accessories in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Corporatewear Register. It is free to register a uniform set.

Non-compulsory corporate uniforms are a set of clothing and accessory items (not protective or occupation-specific) which:

  • distinctly identifies a particular employer, product or service
  • are not compulsory for employees to wear to work.

Businesses that employ staff who wear a non-compulsory uniform may be able to avoid paying Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on any subsidies they provide in relation to the uniform.

Employees can get tax deductions for expenses they incur to rent, purchase or maintain an approved non-compulsory corporate uniform. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has more information about claiming deductions for non-compulsory corporate uniforms.

The ATO determines the level of tax deductions.

Eligibility criteria

The design of the non-compulsory uniform must meet the Approved Occupational Clothing Guidelines. Some of the uniform design basics to meet are:

  • The uniform must be a complete outfit, eg dress, shirt and trousers, shorts, and/or skirt.
  • A company identifier (discrete logo/name/initials) must be on all items in the uniform, including accessories.
  • For clothing, the identifier must be at least 80 per cent of a four cm square.
  • For accessories, such as a tie or scarf, the identifier must be at least a one cm square.
  • Identifiers must be in a contrasting colour or shade to the garments they are attached to in order to be visible from two metres away.
  • Identifier must be permanently attached to each garment (eg embroidered, iron on, heat seal).
  • The entire garment range can have a maximum of eight colours. This includes different shades of a colour and excludes those found in the identifier.
  • The number of colour/pattern/print combinations allowed is limited by the number of employees in a class.
  • Where a variation on a uniform is worn by different groups in an organisation, there must be a common theme between these groups or classes of employees, and the male and female uniform.
  • The uniform must be appropriate for the duties of the employee.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the Approved Occupational Clothing Guidelines.

How to apply

The application form is intended for use by employers only.

Read the Approved Occupational Clothing Guidelines before you apply.

Submit your application before starting production, purchase and embroidery of garments. This will help ensure the uniform sets comply with Approved Occupational Clothing Guidelines.

To register a uniform you must complete the application form:

  • Non-Compulsory Corporate Uniforms Application Form – Registration

For assistance with the application form contact the Corporatewear Register on (03) 9268 7944.

Submit your application

Post

Post your application form to:

Corporatewear Register
C/- AusIndustry
GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601

Email

Email your application form to corporate.wear@industry.gov.au if you can:

  • attach high quality scans of the fabric/logo/identifier
  • attach sketches or images of the fabric/logo/identifier
  • show or describe all colours of the fabric/logo/identifier.

How we assess applications

We process applications in the order we receive them. Depending on workload, decisions are usually made within two weeks. It may take us longer to make a decision if we need further information.

Key documents

  • Approved occupational clothing guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Application form

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