The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing the  MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package in the context of skills required for the use of emerging technologies and advanced materials in the circular economy, and in advanced clothing production and garment alteration.


Current status

The draft Advanced Materials and Emerging Technologies Case for Change will be submitted for consideration by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) at the October meeting.

Why we are reviewing it

  • Emerging technologies and advanced materials are becoming widespread in the industry.
  • There is an increasing demand for textiles, clothing and footwear items to be altered, tailored and repaired for continued use or upcycling.
  • Many consumers are increasingly concerned about the provenance and life cycle of the clothing they purchase.

What we are reviewing

The Case for Change is investigating the skills impact of new technologies and materials. It is proposing developing new units to address skills requirements in CAD, laser cutting, 3D prototyping and performance textiles. The project is looking at integrating required soft skills, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, digital skills in design and pattern making, and skills in mobile technologies such as social media marketing and online retailing.

The Case for Change is also looking at the need for advanced clothing production and garment alteration skill sets that combine alteration, tailoring, repair and mending skills.

If this Case for Change is endorsed, Stage 1 of the proposed training package project is scheduled for submission to the AISC in the second quarter of 2021.

Governance and methodology

Case for Change development work is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The process provides a robust, evidence-based approach to support the Australian Industry and Skills Committee’s (AISC) decision-making process.

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For more information contact:
Cheryll Meade | Industry Engagement Partner
M: 0400 686 031 | E: [email protected]