0173 Technical Fabric Services Australia Pty.Ltd

General information

Submitterʼs name
Technical Fabric Services Australia Pty.Ltd
Submitted on behalf of
Employer

About the submission

Is your organisation an Approved Sponsor for any of the following programs?
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa program
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa program
  • Labour agreements
Yes
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
No
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Manufacturing
Professional Scientific and Technical
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
Queensland

Responses

1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Added to MLTSSL

What occupations should be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the MLTSSL.

133411 Manufacturer
323215 Textile or Clothing and Footwear Mechanic

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.

Due to apprenticeship programs being withdrawn from Queensland by the Training Authority due to lack of enrolments in the apprenticeship.
Technical Fabric Services Australia Pty.Ltd over the 12 years have tried to seek technical textiles technicians locally and Australia wide for textile job active employees with no result, hence TFS Australia has internally trained all its technical production staff Barr one who is a 457 visa holder.
Unfortunately the in-house training is a lengthy process with no academic training support to assist in fast tracking textile knowledge and skills, which impeded our business growth.
Textile innovation offshore is moving at a fast pace and as a Australian Defence Force supplier, seeking employees who already have innovation and advanced skills set is paramount and essential for growth and global competiveness. Hence TFS Australia would like to see the 323215 moved to Med-Long term.
See attached file

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Removed from STSOL

What occupations should be removed from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

133411 Manufacturer
323215 Textile or Clothing and Footwear Mechanic

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being removed from the STSOL.

TFS Australia being part of TCF Connect who is a volunteer industry organisation that meets from time to time to discuss and share textile, clothing and footwear manufacturing issues. This submission is part of what was submitted to the Qld productivity commission. TCF Connect has a broad remit that reflects the whole industry and includes (but not limited to) fashion design, relevant education and training, manufacturing of school uniforms, finished leather products for export, advanced textiles, defence uniforms, performance undergarments, fashion clothing, bridal gowns, safety clothing, corporate uniforms, millinery, specialised footwear, value add to clothing and headwear though embroidery and/or screen printing, theatre and dance props and costumes, geotextiles, shade sales, upholstery, soft furnishing, curtain manufacturing, canvas making and biomedical applications eg invitro heart filters.
Background
The TCF industry has undergone structural adjustments as far back as 1980 with the removal of tariffs as recommended by the Commonwealth Productivity Commission. Characteristics of the resulting industries include small niche manufacturing businesses that are responsive to demand with short turn-around production times. Businesses have created value by improving product quality, developing new products, finding new markets and reducing their cost of doing businesses and have been focussed on what customers currently want and value. The industry has automated production, manufactured overseas where cheaper labour makes it profitable. The industry has exhausted all structural adjustment options and needs a complete rethink to invigorate the industry through new digital technology.
Other successful manufacturing companies around the world have embraced technology and the world’s unsatisfiable appetite for smart ideas and trendy unique fashion technology. Successful TCF manufacturing at high price point, high volume include specialised textiles fit for military application and extreme sports applications. Examples include Kevlar products, merino microfiber wool and cycling tops and pants. These have been niche market, successful and profitable to these businesses.

3. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Regional Occupation List (ROL)?

No
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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