AN ETHICAL COMPANY
At our heart Ministry Shirts is an Australian business that strives to bring a value product and service to the community in Australia in an ethical way.

We established this business as an opportunity for us to utilise our artistic gifts and printing skills in a way that we hope helps you SPREAD THE WORD and achieve your goals We hope we are an encouragement to the our customers everywhere. We operate like a Not-For-Profit business where we make support of other humanitarian groups a priority in our giving. We currently support the Barnabas Fund, and Compassion Australia by donating 10% of our profits annually.

 

The church is a primary market for us but naturally we also offer our service to non-church or non Christian organisations too, and all at the same rates and prices!

So, I guess you could say that buying your T-Shirts and Hoodies through us is also a way of adding to your giving to these ends.

In our research online, there are very few apparel Screen Printer companies that are Australian owned and based here too! Many companies seem to advertise as if they are in Australia but often appear to be in the USA or other countries - adding hefty delivery costs to get your order to Australia! T-shirts and Hoodies are quite heavy! 

We are 100% Australian owned, managed and based here too in Armidale, New England, New South Wales to be precise. we service and deliver to the whole of Australia and have delivery accounts with the most reputable companies.

We source our apparel through reputable importers supplying GILDAN, Anvil, American Apparel, and Ramo products which are  the industry standard for T-Shirts and Hoodies worldwide. Their policies on Corporate Social Responsibility mean that we feel comfortable providing their products knowing that both people and the environment have been well looked after in the manufacture of their products. We have researched this extensively.

We operate using the traditional – cost effective – techniques of screen printing utilising manual presses, environmentally sound inks, emulsions, and cleaning fluids that are drain safe. All our garments are printed on a manual press (occasionally we will heat press shirts for customers too) and cured in a conveyor oven at 160 degrees to ensure that the ink is well cured for a long-lasting print. We have our own water recycling unit to wash our screen utilising approximately 200 litres of water every 2 months - about the equivalent as an individual in NSW per day! We also use an evaporation tank for most of our chemicals which means we don't flush anything into the water ways.

Apart from that we just love designing and printing T-Shirts and Hoodies for the  community in and around Australia.

thanks for stopping by!

Frequently asked questions

Yes, we do offer an express service for customers who need turnaround much faster. We can advise on what's possible during the time of ordering. Naturally, it depends upon stock levels available and workload at the time of ordering but we do try to cater for urgent orders as best as we can. Express services are offered at a premium rate.

Paying for your order is easy. It can be done online using a credit card via the invoice email that we will send you or you can EFT directly to our bank account details are available on invoicing. There is a small surcharge to pay online, but it smooths out and speeds up the process. All the major credit cards can be used in the online payment system.

Yes you can track your order electronicall online using the TNT tracking portal - or in the case of an Auspost delivery you can use their tracking system. When your order is ready for uplift by our couriers we will notify you by email and provide all the tracking details at that point. 

All our orders are delivered using TNT. We find them to be the most reliable - end to end - company, and they have excellent online tracking facilities. With some orders we may use Auspost though this is rare. Smaller orders of 25 or less are usually sealed in a waterproof bag, while most orders are boxed in solid Gildan or Anvil apparel boxes. All orders are packed by hand for quality control and have internal waterproofing bags to keep them warm and dry. Box weight vary between order based on the quantity or items purchased but typically they weigh aroun 10kgs.

We deliver throughout Australia! Delivery times will depend on your location. Once payment is confirmed your order will be printed and packaged. This can take anywhere between 2-5 days. Our average is 3-5 days. We have found that orders to NSW, ACT oftwn occur next day, QLD, VIC & SA are 2-3 days, WA, NT, TAS usually 3-10 days. Tracking details help you monitor delivery.

We deliver Australia-wide. Where Australian clients have destinations overseas we can arrange for delivery worldwide at an extra charge.

Yes. In some cases, clients may want to create a larger order which can be drawn down as and when needed. This allows customers to achieve the best rates per item possible. In these cases an order must be paid for in full and screens will be allocated and stored for the full client requirement ready for printing and despatch at shorter notice.

Yes you can. We keep all the artwork for clients on file, unless they specify that we should delete files. Screens are reused regularly, but we can make a new one up for a repeat order. If you think you will need a repeat order at some point, its always wise to let us know when ordering. That way we can keep screens ready for when you need a repeat order which improves on the turn-around time. Repeat orders still require a minimum order qty of 15 items per garment type.

This is a question we get asked a lot. Yes we are Christian. The boss is a Christian and so are all the employees. We offer a service that we believe is both godly and good value. For us that means both the product we produce as well as the customer service we bring to the market. What flavour Christians are we? Well, you could say we are 'common or garden' evangelicals. We believe the word of God is..well, the Word of God! We believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that he is God's Son. We believe He died for our sins that he 'might bring us to God' and in doing so He glorified His Father and His Father glorified Him! 1 Corinthians 15 1-6 sums up the Gospel of Christ, that He died for ous sins according to scripture, that he was buried, and that on the third day he rose from the dead according to scripture'. We do serve non-Christian clients and organisations and naturally provide the same service and offer our products for the same rates as we do our Christian customers.

Price mark-up on T-shirts can be excessive across the market. We try to keep our overheads to a minimum where possible. But basically, we are not in this for the money! Our customers appreciate that we have to make enough money to support ourselves and ensure we give to other organisations like Compassion Australia and the Barnabas Fund for Persecuted Christians. But it doesn’t take our Customers long before they realise the value that we can create in a good, well priced T-shirt. Generally we are about 35% cheaper than most of our competitors, and in some cases it’s a lot higher!

Yes, absolutely! So many online T-Shirt companies seem to be based in the USA. But we are in good old Oz! Specifically, we are in Armidale, in the lovely New England region of New South Wales. A dry arid climate that does not get too hot, but gets well below zero in winter! Brrrrh!

Clients always own the copyright on their pre-designed images. When an order is placed then the customer with a predesigned image essentially allows us to handle the image electronically and keep a copy for future use if required. But the copyright remains with the customer or the original copyright holder. In some cases a customer may ask for us to destroy all versions of the image on our systems including print positives. It is the responsibility of the customer providing their own artwork to ensure that they posses the legal rights to any third party images they are providing. For example, we can't print something like the Coca-Cola or a University logo if you are not actually in possession of the copyright or don't have permission to use it. This is a standard requirement  in the Printing world.

Essentially, the copyright exists with the people who created the design electronically in the first place. Which in this case is us. However, when an order is placed and paid for then we relinquish any rights to the use of that design artwork and any copyright is transfered to the ordering organisation upon delivery of the order. In the case where we do a design and you don’t wish to purchase stock from us, then the copyright remains with us. It is not lawful to get us to do a design – in most cases for free – and then use it without placing an order from us. Please note we will charge for the use of this artwork if it is used without permission or payment.

It is worth noting that where a client provides their own artwork they must have approval to use any third party logo's or trademarks. If in doubt about these processes feel free to give us a call and talk through your concerns.

The printed products that we supply are custom printed. As such they have no value to us to take as a return as we can't resell them. Accordingly, we don’t accept returns unless the goods in orders are faulty. In these rare cases we reserve the right to replace the faulty goods only. We pride ourselves in making sure that our trading policies are legally in accordance with the Dept of Fair Trading policies in New South Wales which can be reviewed at the following link: Office of Fair Trading

Screen printing is an expensive print medium to get a print run going. As a result we do not offer print runs of less than 15. We are unable to offer printed samples but can sell blank garments (not available in every brand) to customers wanting to know more about the garment quality and sizes.