The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing the MST Textiles Clothing and Footwear Training Package. The Case for Change was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in 2020.


Current Status

Public Consultation on Draft 2, stage 1, of the training package components ran from Monday 28 June 2021 to Friday 16 July 2021 and is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback, which will now be reviewed. 


For more information contact:
Cheryll Meade | Industry Engagement Partner
M: 0400 686 031 | E: [email protected]

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Draft 1 Public Consultation ran from Monday 29 March 2021 to Monday 26 April 2021.

Stage 1 of this project focuses on industry imperatives for reviewed content to reflect the skills and knowledge associated with contemporary approaches to sustainability and the use of advanced materials and new technologies along with foundational and social media related business skills. In particular, the work reflects industry need identified in the Case for Change to:

  • develop a single broadly-based entry level qualification which incorporates the basic skills that cut across all TCF sectors,
  • improve currency, clarity and compliance with the Standards for Training Packages by reducing duplication, reviewing overly generic information and ensuring requirements adequately reflect industry expectations.

Draft 1 consultation sought feedback on the draft units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The Consultation Papers provided key information about the proposed changes.

The project will investigate the skills impact of advanced materials, emerging technologies and digitisation on systems and work practices that are coming into more widespread use in the industry. This impacts across qualifications, skill sets and units in the following industry streams:

  • Clothing and footwear production and repair
  • Textile fabrication and production
  • Applied fashion design and technology/merchandising.

Industry has also identified shortages of people with advanced clothing production skills to make patterns and samples for limited production and to undertake garment alterations as an ‘add-on’ service to their customers. To respond, a series of skill sets will be developed in relation to clothing production, alterations, tailoring, repairs and mending. Feedback received during public consultation identified that skills highlighted within the proposed skill sets will have applicability for small business particularly in regional areas.

The key objectives of this proposal are to ensure that the qualifications in the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package reflect current and emerging workplace needs whist taking into consideration industry’s use of new materials and technologies.

Stage 1

  • Revision of 7 Qualifications including:
    • 4 Certificate II qualifications
    • 3 Certificate III qualifications
  • Development of 6 Skill Sets
  • Revision of 122 Units of Competency

Stage 2

  • Revision of 7 Qualifications including:
    • 3 Certificate IV qualifications
    • 2 Diploma qualifications
    • 2 Advanced Diploma qualifications
  • Revision of 112 Units of Competency

*Further components may be affected by unit code and title changes.

Training package development projects are overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and supported by a project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). They guide the project and provide industry expertise for developing the components. All projects are then referred to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.