IBSA Manufacturing was pleased to support the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to undertake the Buying Skills in Fashion and Textiles Project. Please read the Case for Change for more information on the research undertaken to support this project. The project was completed in December 2018 is available on the National Register of VET, training.gov.au.


Components developed in this project aim to support industry to address the need for key skills in buying to ensure graduates are ‘job ready’. This involved a review of the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Applied Fashion and Merchandising, with particular focus on changes required to meet industry needs, including:

  • The potential development of additional buying related units and skill set covering costing, sourcing, managing external supply chains, and utilising software packages to communicate and manage key order information
  • A review of existing buying related units of competency and enrolments
  • The addition of a buying specific unit to the qualification core
  • A review of key foundation skills, performance and knowledge evidence required for a graduate in a buying capacity


For more information please visit: www.dwer.gov.au