The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing.
A review of laundry and dry cleaning–related content, focusing on preparing graduates to be ‘job ready’ by ensuring they have the key skills required for the industry and can work towards more sustainable operations.
• 3 reviewed qualifications*
• 42 revised units of competency
• 2 new units of competency
• 12 new skill sets.
*This includes only qualifications undergoing active review. Further qualifications may be affected by unit code and title changes
• Public consultation was conducted in April and June 2019 and is now closed.
• This project received ministerial approval in late January 2020. It is now available live on training.gov.au
• The laundry sector is growing due to a rise in population numbers in nursing homes and retirement villages, and an increasing number of tourist accommodations.
• Industry members have identified that within the health sector, infection control and handling of contaminated linen needs further attention.
• There is a growing demand for more personalised customer service, e.g. advice, mending and alterations.
What’s the latest?
January 2020: The Case for Endorsement, Companion Volume Implementation Guide and Project Components have received ministerial approval. Release 3.0 of the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package is now available on the national register, training.gov.au.
IBSA Manufacturing was pleased to support the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to ensure that graduates are ‘job ready’, develop key skills and can demonstrate more sustainable operations in the laundry and dry cleaning industry. This project work reviewed and developed new and existing qualifications, skill sets and units of competency within the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package.
This project aimed to:
• redevelop the following qualifications and 49 existing units of competency:
• MST20416 Certificate II in Laundry Operations
• MST30616 Certificate III in Laundry Operations
• MST30716 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations
• LMT40810 Certificate IV in Laundry Operations and Supervision
• two new skills sets addressing hygiene and infection control, and safe handling and disposal
• six new units of competency
• review 53 imported units of competency for relevance.
The laundry sector is expected to grow over the next five years, underpinned by growth in nursing homes, retirement villages and tourism accommodation. The laundry and dry cleaning industry identified concerns around the operation of laundries in the health sector, especially in relation to infection control and particularly the receiving and safe handling of soiled linen. Specialist laundries are required to comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard™; AS/NZS 4146:2000 Laundry practice.
The review was intended to address the risks of cross-infection and employer concerns with the training and skills levels of students who have achieved an accredited qualification. By making these skill sets available to upskill existing skilled workers, a pathway has been provided to address the shortage of skilled workers. Skills in providing personalised customer service, advice and value-add services like mending and alterations were included in this work.
Please refer to the Case for Change for more information on the research undertaken to support this project.
This project has received ministerial approval. Release 3.0 of the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package is now available on the national register, training.gov.au.
The release incorporates the following changes:
– Three qualifications:
- MST20419 Certificate II in Laundry Operations
- MST30619 Certificate III in Laundry Operations
- MST30919 Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations
– Forty-four units of competency:
- Forty-two revised units
- Two new units
– Twelve new skill sets.
The primary focus of the changes was to reflect current industry skill needs by updating and developing new content. The input provided by a wide range of stakeholders in the laundry and dry cleaning industry has enabled the training package qualifications and units to better support:
- compliance with standards, in particular the Australian/New Zealand Standard™; AS/NZS 4146:2000 Laundry practice
- improved infection control
- increased automation
- safety in finishing operations
- flexible skill set opportunities to upskill existing skilled workers in new operations and standards
- large number of workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Thank you to all members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the IRC who have given so freely of their time to shape the changes. Thanks must also go to all stakeholders who provided comment throughout the project.
Following an extensive review of the units of competency and qualifications associated with this project, the number of revised and new units of competency and qualifications differs from that originally communicated.
The project work has been approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and is now awaiting ministerial approval before releasing live on training.gov.au.
We have finalised drafts and are currently in the approval process.
The Case for Endorsement and related training package components are scheduled for submission to the AISC for consideration in mid October 2019.
Once the Case for Endorsement has been accepted, the training package components will be uploaded to the TGA website.
Consultation for Draft 2 training package components for the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Project closed in July.
Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken with draft components being made available via the website, and national face-to-face workshops and webinars being held to gather feedback.
The feedback was collated and reviewed by the TAC to shape the final versions, then submitted to the IRC for final approval.
The Case for Endorsement and related training package components are scheduled for submission to the AISC for consideration on 30 September 2019. Once the Case for Endorsement has been accepted, the training package components will be uploaded to the TGA website.
Draft 2 training package components for the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Project were available for consultation from 13 June to 27 June 2019.
Consultation for Draft 1 training package components for the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Project is now closed.
Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken, with draft components being made available via the website, and national face-to-face workshops and webinars being held to gather feedback.
All feedback will be considered by the TAC and Round 2 public consultation is scheduled to commence in mid-June.
IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to advise that the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Project has commenced. Industry experts have been approached to form a TAC and provide guidance in the development of training package components. They are scheduled to have their first meeting in the coming weeks.
The review of the qualifications and unit content will be considered by the TAC to ensure alignment with industry skills needs, current work practices and technology. This review will also identify any duplicated and obsolete units that may be considered for removal.
Draft 1 components are scheduled for public consultation by mid-February 2019. IBSA Manufacturing will provide opportunities for industry engagement and feedback via a series of national industry forums and webinars.
Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines
IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), established a technical advisory committee (TAC) to provide subject-matter advice and technical expertise for developing and reviewing training package components. The TAC operated under the direction of the IRC and comprised organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge within the industry.
This project followed the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and used the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. The process provided robust evidence to support the AISC’s decision-making process.
• December 2019: AISC approval received
• 31 January 2020: Ministerial approval received.
Staying in Touch
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For more information contact:
Cheryll Meade, Industry Engagement Partner
M: 0400 686 031
E: [email protected]
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