Textile, clothing and footwear industry campaign

We are currently in the compliance phase of this campaign. This means that we are auditing businesses (including field visits) within the textile, clothing and footwear industry to see if they're meeting their legal obligations under the Textile award. Employers will be audited on matters such as record-keeping, pay rates (including allowances), and whether the business is registered with the Board of Reference.

For insights and outcomes from the education phase of this Campaign, read our Textile, Clothing and Footwear Campaign Education Phase Report on our Campaign reports page.

In March 2015 we started a 2 year campaign into the textile, clothing and footwear (‘TCF’) industry, to help employers and employees (including outworkers) understand their rights and obligations at work.

Why textile, clothing and footwear?

The TCF industry is a unique industry that has undergone significant changes in the past 40 years. These changes have exposed an already vulnerable workforce to possible exploitation. Our experience of working with employers and employees within the TCF industry has shown there is often confusion about employer obligations, particularly when engaging outworkers.

What are we doing about it?

We’re talking to retailers, merchant distributors, employers and outworkers about:

  • minimum wages and conditions
  • record keeping and pay slips
  • ·outworkers and supply chain issues.

Help for employers, employees and outworkers

We have resources and information to help both employers and employees understand their rights and obligations in the TCF industry:

Help for small business

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