Draft 2 ‘TCF Buying Skills’ Consultation now closed

Consultation on draft 2 ‘TCF Buying Skills’ training package components has now closed. Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment.

Draft components were available for 2 weeks from late September. Broad consultation was undertaken which included draft components being made available via the website, along with the opportunity to attend a range of workshops or webinars to provide feedback.

The feedback will be collated and reviewed by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to shape the final versions, and submitted to the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for final approval.

The Case for Endorsement and related training package components are scheduled for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee for consideration early in 2019.

Once the Case for Endorsement has been accepted, the training package components will be uploaded to the TGA website.


Consultations for draft 2 training package components ended on Monday 8th October 2018.

As the Skills Service Organisation (SSO) for the Textiles, Clothing & Footwear industry, IBSA Manufacturing is currently reviewing and developing ‘Buying Skills’ components for the Textiles, Clothing & Footwear Training Package (MST) to ensure that units and qualifications reflect industry requirements. The review is required because of significant changes in the industry since this training package content was developed. The TCF Industry Reference Committee (IRC) guides this development work and has nominated a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide industry expertise.

We will be conducting a workshop and a few webinars on Tuesday 25 September and Wednesday 26 September to outline the key changes made from Draft 1 to Draft 2 components. To register for these click here.

The 2018 Buying Skills in Fashion and Textiles project involves:
• Review of 2 qualifications – MST50116 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, MST60116 Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising; development of 1 new skill set unit and 1 new unit; and the review of 15 existing units to provide a targeted specialized buying focus to meet industry needs
• Strengthening the alignment between required skills, units and the qualifications to improve job outcomes
• Strengthening key buying skills, analytical skills and spread sheet literacy, along with improved foundation skills including mathematical literacy

All content has been updated to reflect current industry practice and to comply with the National Standards for Training Packages.

Providing feedback
To provide your feedback, please complete the Feedback Form and return to by Monday 8th October 2018.
Please add the name of the discussion paper in the subject line of the email.
Please provide both feedback regarding further suggested changes as well as your agreement with what has been proposed. It is just as important for us to receive feedback telling us you agree with the proposed changes as it is to provide feedback with suggested changes.

For more information please contact David Galbraith on M: 0499 490 329 or 03 9815 7099.


Buying Skills in Fashion and Textiles – Round 1 Consultation Close Off

Consultation on Draft 1 of the MST Textiles package components closed on Friday 24 August.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. The feedback is now being collated and will be reviewed by the Technical Advisory Committee and Draft 2 public consultation are expected to be available from 21 September for 2 weeks.

The outcome of this work is that:

  • there is a clearly defined focus for learners seeking buying skills, or a career in buying
  • units are easier to read and understand, and
  • assessment requirements and knowledge have been strengthened to meet industry needs

MST Buying Skills in Fashion and Textiles Project Consultations

First draft training package components for the ‘Buying Skills in Fashion and Textiles Project’ will be made available from Friday 20 July until Friday 24 August.

We will also be conducting forums and webinars to outline key changes to the training package.

Please join us on the following dates to hear about changes and give us your feedback:

Brisbane 18 July 11- 1pm (Springwood)
Melbourne 23 July 2 – 4pm (IBSA office, East Melbourne)
National webinar 24 July 1.30 – 3.30pm
Adelaide 25 July 11am – 1pm (Metro location, venue TBC)
National webinar 26 July 2 – 4pm
Sydney 30 July 11am – 1pm (Location, venue TBC)
Perth Mid-August (Metro location, venue / date TBC)

To register your attendance at one of these sessions, please click here

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