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

Round 1 Public Consultation now closed

Round 1 public consultation for the MST Using Advanced Materials and Emerging Technologies in the Circular Economy – Stage 2 project ran from Thursday 31 March to Thursday 28 April 2022 and is now closed. 

Thank you to all stakeholders who gave so freely of their time to shape Draft 1 components. All feedback will now be reviewed. 

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

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Stage 1 for this project has been submitted to the AISC for consideration at their December meeting.

The Case for Endorsement proposes updates to 7 qualifications and 121units of competency in the MST Training Package and presents:

  • three revised qualifications
  • 45 revised units of competency (which include several merged units)
  • one new unit of competency related to sustainability
  • 48 units of competency to be deleted.

If approved, industry benefits will include:

  • Training products that reflect current and emerging workplace needs whilst taking into consideration industry’s use of new materials and technologies and the role of the circular economy.
  • Entry-level qualifications that cut across all TCF sectors by broadening the content from the current focus on fashion, which does not reflect the reality of industry’s skill needs.
  • Two new skill sets in Make Alterations and Repairs and Mending.

Once approved, it will go the Ministers for endorsement.

Stage 1 Draft 2 Public Consultation ran from Monday 28 June 2021 to Friday 16 July 2021.

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. 

Stage 1 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 2 Skill Sets
  • Revision of 121 Units of Competency
  • Development of 1 Unit of Competency

Stage 2

  • Revision of 7 Qualifications including:
    • 3 Certificate IV qualifications
    • 2 Diploma qualifications
    • 2 Advanced Diploma qualifications
  • Development of 4 Skill Sets
  • Revision of 113 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.