AFA INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES

The AFA provides a significant and relevant range of services specifically for International AFA Members.

Together with our selection of premium partners the AFA ensures that our Members receive the latest information to manage and grow their businesses throughout Australia.

AFA Members also benefit from being part of a collective and respected voice which is critical in communicating with governments and other key stakeholders.

To enquire about Membership, please contact: afainternational@australianfurniture.org.au or call +61 3 86914244.

 

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES INCLUDE:

AFA Advice Line

For advice on on any industry related topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: 

Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

DIGITAL - Crystal Consulting
Crystal Consulting is the AFA’s preferred partner when it comes to consulting and digital management.
They specialise in services such as:
  • Ecommerce
  • Digital Transformation
  • Business Management
  • Digital Auditing
Crystal Consulting takes a bespoke approach to management consultancy. They are committed to making sure that they understand what your business is for, what you really want to be able to do and to use their experience to either help you work towards those goals or if you are unsure of what is possible, to help you figure out what your goals may be.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING PROVIDERS

AFA partners with many training providers for AFA Members.

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FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

LEGAL - Aitken Partners

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Aitken Partners is an AFA preferred supplier in the Legal Services Category.

Aitken Partners provide legal advice to the association and its members. At the core of this alliance is the operation of a ‘Legal Help Desk’ for AFA Members.

The range of issues facing the Australian furnishing industry are expansive and often complex and the alliance with Aitken Partners provides much better and broader access to advice and service from a quality law firm.

The demand for legal services has increased dramatically over the past two years and Aitken Partners is a Premium Level Melbourne-based law firm offering a range of legal services to business and private clients. It has 11 principals and approximately 60 staff and a proud history dating back to the 1920s. Aitken Partners has Accredited Specialists in Workplace Relations, Tax Law, Property Law, Wills & Estates and Commercial Litigation.

In this national service to AFA Members, Aitken Partners collaborates with affiliate firms in the MSI Global Alliance to handle work with specific jurisdictions not covered by Federal or State Law, so that all AFA Members across Australia will receive equal access to the very valuable benefits on offer via the alliance.

DISCOUNTED Legal Services are available for AFA Members with complimentary initial consultations available. AFA Members can contact Aitken Partners on 1300 AFA LAW (1300 232 529) and quote the AFA Member Code to receive their DISCOUNTS.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Aitken Partners also conduct regular workshops and seminars on topics that are important to AFA Members.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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LEGAL - Sharon Givoni Consulting

Sharon Givoni Consulting is an AFA preferred supplier in the Legal Services Category.

One of the Australian Furniture Association’s preferred suppliers of legal services, Sharon Givoni Consulting is a boutique law firm specialising in commercial law matters and intellectual property. They have extensive experience in the areas of furniture design, manufacturing, importing and retailing.  There are many ways to protect the intellectual property assets of your furniture designs and Sharon Givoni consulting has strong expertise in this area.

Their philosophy is simple: we turn your ideas into assets.

Legal issues that affect the Australian furnishing and design industry can be broad and varied challenging and we can assist including in the areas of:

  • Design protection for furniture and other items
  • Strategies to protect your designs
  • Copyright licences and assignments
  • Commercial agreements relating to furniture including manufacturing agreements and distribution agreements
  • Social media and digital marketing agreements
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Labelling and packaging laws
  • Consumer laws
  • Defamation law
  • Contractor agreements and employment matters

The alliance with Sharon Givoni Consulting allows you to access a well-established law firm that prides itself on giving cost effective and prompt advice.

  • AFA Members have access to complimentary initial consultations and AFA Member discounted rates.

AFA Members can learn more about Member discounts and Member Resources by visiting Member Resources.

Sharon Givoni Consultants also conduct regular workshops and seminars on topics that are important to AFA Members.

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

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TESTING & CERTIFICATION - AFRDI

DID YOU KNOW THAT MANY FURNITURE PRODUCTS MUST MEET AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AND BE TESTED ACCORDINGLY?

The Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute (AFRDI), also known as Furntech, is a technical organisation serving the interests of buyers and sellers of furnishings in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Furniture displaying the FURNTECH-AFRDI logos and certification marks carries an assurance of quality and high standards often demanded by consumers, retailers and sometimes by law.

WHAT IS FURNTECH-AFRDI?

AFRDI is a Registered Research Agency (RRA) which carries out testing for products in the high-risk development categories. AFRDI services may attract a tax rebate under the Australian government’s

Research and Development support program.

WHAT DOES FURNTECH-AFRDI DO?

Furntech-AFRDI has been operating since 1989 and provides testing and certification to manufacturers who sell quality furniture. This point of difference is recognised by consumers and wholesale buyers in a market where the only difference between two products, which may outwardly appear to be the same, can be verified as tested to the highest Australian Standards.

Australasian Furnishing Association Members enjoy significant discounts for AFRDI Testing * conditions apply

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

 

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

TESTING & CERTIFICATION - SGS

SGS Furniture Testing Services

With furniture testing capabilities in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, SGS can help furniture manufacturers, suppliers, importers and distributors to comply with Australia’s strict product safety and standards requirements. They help businesses deliver well-designed, functional, durable and safe products to customers. SGS have the furniture industry, regulatory and technical expertise to check a products’ compliance against relevant standards and specifications. AFA Members receive significant discounts for testing which can be used to promote compliant safe products to clients and consumers.

 

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

 

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au

 

ALL ENQUIRIES AND TEST APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET MUST BE SUBMITTED TO:

Kamal Bedi

CRS International – Australia

Business Development Manager

SGS Australia Pty Ltd

10/585 Blackburn Road,

Notting Hill, VIC 3168

Phone: +61(0) 3 9574 3271

Fax: +61(0) 3 9574 3399

Email: kamal.bedi@sgs.com

 

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TESTING & CERTIFICATION - TUV Rheinland

Mandatory standards ensure that particular safety or information features on consumer products are made compulsory for legal supply. As a global service provider in the testing,

inspection and certification business, TUV Rheinland are able to offer AFA Members testing for a variety of products according to the standards and regulations for international markets. Our experts will be happy to provide you with further details as necessary.

Why TUV Rheinland?

Demonstrate your professionalism by choosing an independent, globally acting, renowned testing institute, save time and keep your costs down with our professional Service.

AFA Platinum and Importer Members (Australia Only) and AFA International Members (Global) enjoy significant discounts $$$ on TÜV Rheinland’s services to comply with Australian regulatory requirements.

Our Testing labs include TÜV Rheinland Shanghai , TÜV Rheinland Guangdong, TÜV Rheinland Shenzhen and TÜV Rheinland Hong Kong.

 

Not an AFA Member? Simply register HERE or contact us on membership@australianfurniture.org.au

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact AFA: Edi Re, Membership Officer

Ph: 03 8691 4243, Email: membership@australianfurniture.org.au