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IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to support the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to ensure graduates are ‘job ready’, develop key skills and can demonstrate more sustainable operations in the Laundry and Dry Cleaning industry. This project work will review and develop new and existing qualifications, skill sets and units within the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package.


This project involves the:

  • redevelopment of the following qualifications and 49 existing units –
    • 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
  • development of
    • two new skills sets addressing hygiene & infection control and safe handling & disposal, and
    • six new units of competency
  • review of 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 have 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, with specialist laundries required to comply with the Laundry Standard AS/NZS 4146 2000.

The review is intended to address risks of cross-infection and employer concerns with the training and skills levels of students post accredited qualification. By making these skill sets available to upskill existing skilled workers it is also expected to provide a pathway to address the shortage of skilled workers. skills in providing personalised customer service, advice and value-add services like mending and alterations will be included in this work.

Please refer to the Case for Change for more information on the training package components to be modified, and the research undertaken to support this project.

It is anticipated that this project will be completed by November 2019.

Project Governance

IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear IRC, will establish a technical advisory committee (TAC) to provide specific subject matter advice and technical expertise for the development and review of the training package components.

The TAC operates under the direction of the IRC and will comprise organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge working within the Laundry and Dry Cleaning industry.

Methodology and Timelines

This project follows the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and uses the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. This process provides robust evidence to support the Australian Industry Skills Committee’s (AISC) decision making process.

The methodology and proposed consultation plan are outlined in further detail in the Case for Change.

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