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Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

Overview

Australia's Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry comprises a broad range of light manufacturing.  

The industry comprises three main sectors:

  • Sectors which process natural and synthetic materials such as early stage wool processing, cotton ginning, hide, skin and leather
  • Production sectors including clothing production, textile production, footwear production, leather goods production and technical textiles
  • Service sectors providing dry cleaning operations, laundry operations and footwear repair.

What does this industry cover?

  • Production of synthetic fibres
  • Textile manufacturing
  • Clothing and footwear manufacturing
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Footwear repair
  • Cotton ginning

Industry Information

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry has been under intense pressure for many years. It has survived tariff reductions, skill shortages and relentless global competition but despite this it still employs 29,500 people.

Clothing manufacturing has the largest number of businesses in the industry however the number of businesses has decreased by 29% (1,352 businesses) since 2009. New South Wales had the most number of textiles, clothing and footware manufacturing businesses (2,315), down from 2,949 in 2009.

In 2015, micro and small businesses (that is with less than 20 employees) dominate the industry with  over 95% of businesses this category. Only nine businesses employed 200+ people and they were located in New South Wales and Victoria.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are modest.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements year to March 2018: 91

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 26/09/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Textile Worker

Footwear Maker

Laundry Operator

This industry is positioned within the following groups

Industry

Manufacturing & Production

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

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Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Australian Fashion Council
  • TCF Australia

Government

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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