UPF trade mark information

ARPANSA issues millions of Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) swing tags every year for labelling sun protective clothing and the tags all carry an image of the UPF Certification Trade Mark.

UPF Rating Label This is an Australian Government trademark that is widely used to label sun protective clothing. If a garment label carries this trademark it means that testing of the materials has been done by an approved laboratory and that ARPANSA has been satisfied that the materials used to construct that product will provide at least the amount of sun protection stated on the rating label.

Companies wanting to use the ARPANSA tags must first contact ARPANSA for a licence to use the trademark. A licence issued by ARPANSA allows a company to apply labels containing the UPF Certification Trade Mark to products that have been tested by ARPANSA and meet minimum requirements for sun protection.

An information pack is available from ARPANSA that describes how to apply for a licence to use the trademark and swing tags and the costs involved.

Download the complete information package

The information package includes:

Introduction to the UPF Certification Scheme
Fact sheet that discusses UV radiation and clothing
Example swing tag featuring the UPF Certification Trade Mark
Rules governing the use of the UPF Certification Trade Mark (includes an application form for a licence to use the UPF Certification Trade Mark)
Schedule of licence fee options

Effective 1 July 2019

The UPF Certification Trade Mark is featured on the ARPANSA Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) tags*. Companies wishing to use the ARPANSA UPF tags or use this trademark in any other applications must first licence use of the trademark. Licence fee is payable on application.

UPF certification trade mark licence fee:

Annual licence fee (including Australian GST) Annual licence fee (excluding Australian GST)
$390.00 $354.55

Volume-discounted pricing for UPF swing tags:

Quantity of tags ordered Number of packs Cost per pack of 500 tags (including Australian GST) Cost per pack of 500 tags (excluding Australian GST)
500 – 6000 1–12 $57.50 $52.27
6500 – 12 000 13–24 $56.00 $50.91
12 500 – 30 000 25–60 $41.50 $37.73
30 500 – 90 000 61–180 $40.50 $36.82
90 500+ 181+ $39.00 $35.45

Australian companies pay the charges in the GST-included column. Non-Australian companies pay the charges in the GST-exempt column. All prices are in Australian dollars. The preferred methods of payment are in Australian dollars, either by bank cheque made out to "ARPANSA", by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or by credit card. Contact the ARPANSA accounts section for specific details of payment by EFT and credit card.

Swing tags*:

  • Swing tags are shrink-wrapped in bundles of 500 tags
  • The minimum order quantity is 500 tags
  • Specify your preferred method of delivery on the order form
  • Delivery costs are additional to the cost of the tags
Licence application checklist and overview of the licensing process
Request form for UPF testing materials
Schedule of charges for UPF testing

Effective 1 July 2019

Fabrics and single-colour garments:

Number of samples Cost per sample (including Australian GST) Cost per sample (excluding Australian GST)
1 to 10 AUD $150.00 AUD $136.36
More than 10 AUD $130.00 AUD $118.18

Hats and multi-component garments:

Number of samples Cost per sample (including Australian GST) Cost per sample (excluding Australian GST)
1 to 10 AUD $160.00 AUD $145.45
More than 10 AUD $140.00 AUD $127.27

Prices are in Australian dollars. Australian companies pay the charges in the column that includes Australian GST. Non-Australian companies pay the charges in the column that excludes Australian GST. Payment is in Australian dollars, either by bank cheque made out to ‘ARPANSA’, by electronic funds transfer (EFT), BPAY or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) up to $5000.

Policy on delivery of swing tags to overseas destinations
Application for a specific use of the UPF Certification Trade Mark
Payment methods
Policy on use of ARPANSA’s name in association with products

For more information contact the upf-trademarkatarpansa.gov.au (UPF trademark administration).