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


The project investigated 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 impacted 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.

This project has also developed components to assist Industry with 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. A series of skill sets was 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 work was 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.


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