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.

Milestones

Current Status

The Advanced Materials and Emerging Technologies in the Circular Economy Project (Stage 2) has been submitted for consideration by the AISC 

Stage 2 of this project has been submitted to the AISC for consideration at their October meeting.

Please click here to review the Case for Endorsement.

Please click here to review the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

The following components are submitted for endorsement:

  • four revised qualifications (merged outcomes from the seven qualifications under review – details provided in Attachment A)
  • 72 revised units of competency
  • 23 units of competency to be deleted
  • five previously deleted units for reinstatement, noting that these units have not yet been deleted from the national register so impact will be minimal

The following qualifications are not in the Activity Order but are included in the Case for Endorsement as the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear IRC is seeking final AISC approval for these qualifications as some core units have changed due to flow on impacts:

  • MST20422 Certificate II in Laundry Operations
  • MST30622 Certificate III in Laundry Operations
  • MST30722 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Changes to MST coded units in these qualifications were approved in Stage 1. Imported units from other training packages have all been deemed equivalent to their predecessor. Revised qualifications will also be equivalent to their predecessor, but a new code will be allocated in recognition of these changes.

Components that do not require endorsement associated with this Case for Endorsement are:

13 recently reviewed units of competency considered by industry, and which require no change, one of which replaces a unit in the project

  • three new skill sets.

Once approved, it will go to Ministers for endorsement before being made available on the National VET register.

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

Click here to stay updated with component development and consultation opportunities. 

Round 2 Public Consultation ran from Tuesday 28 June to, Wednesday 13 July 2022. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

A summary of Draft 2 feedback received is available here Round 2.

The Technical Advisory Committee members met on Monday, 25 July 2022 to consider Round 2 feedback.

Draft 2 consultation sought feedback on the draft units of competencyskill sets and qualifications. The Consultation Paper provided key information about the proposed changes.

Stage 2 Draft 1 Public Consultation – March 2022

Round 1 Public Consultation ran from Thursday 30 March until Friday 26 April 2022. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

A summary of Draft 1 feedback received is available here Round 1.

The Technical Advisory Committee members met on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 to consider Round 1 feedback.

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

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.