Public consultation now open, seeking your feedback

The draft 2019 Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work prepared on behalf of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee is NOW available for review until Monday 25 March 2019.

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear businesses are facing challenges associated with an ageing workforce, the introduction of new technologies and business models, changing consumer behaviour and environmental and ethical concerns.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) for the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry needs to build advanced technical skills to support quality craftsmanship, as well as the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and technological skills to capitalise on new ways of working.

The IRC identified the creation of a new Industrial Sewing skill set as critical and have submitted a Case for Change related to this priority area. This will support the development of transferable, entry-level skills allowing workforce mobility across a range of Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry sectors.

Click the links below to access the following documents:
Draft 2019 MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Skills Forecast
Industrial Sewing Case for Change submitted to the AISC

Providing Feedback
Feedback can be provided via online survey or emailed to by Monday 25 March 2019.

When providing your feedback, please add the name of the Industry Skills Forecast in the subject line of the email.

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 call IBSA on 03 9815 7099 or email

Feedback will be reviewed by the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee. The final version will then be submitted to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC). Once endorsed, final documents will then be published on this page.

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