Canvas and Leather Goods Makers make and repair boots, shoes, leather goods, canvas and sailcloth articles, and related products.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have not completed any post school qualifications (that is, they have finished either Year 10, 11 or 12 only). Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • cutting and preparing canvas, leather and sailcloth to design specifications, patterns and drawings
  • sewing, gluing and riveting sections of canvas together to make articles such as awnings, tents, tarpaulins and horse rugs
  • attaching grommets, fastenings and other fittings to canvas goods
  • joining parts of leather articles using rivets, hand sewing, sewing machines, tools and adhesive
  • restoring and repairing leather articles
  • fabricating sails
  • designing patterns and prototypes of boots and shoes
  • making and grading patterns using manual and computerised methods
  • clicking synthetics, corrected grains, leather linings and leather outers by hand and machine
  • altering and repairing footwear

Job Titles

  • Canvas Goods Fabricator or Maker
  • Leather Goods Maker
  • Sail Maker
  • Shoemaker
  • Canvas Goods Fabricator or Maker

    Fabricates and repairs canvas and related products such as awnings, tents, tarpaulins, horse rugs and caravan annexes.

  • Leather Goods Maker

    Fabricates and repairs leather articles such as wallets, cases, harnesses and saddlery.

    Specialisations: Saddler

  • Sail Maker

    Fabricates and repairs sails and other articles from sailcloth.

  • Shoemaker

    Makes and repairs boots or shoes.

    Specialisations: Medical Grade Shoemaker, Shoe Repairer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    1200
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    76.2%
  • Female Share

    23.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    62.3%

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This is a very small occupation employing 1200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, South Australia has a large share of Canvas and Leather Goods Makers.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Manufacturing; Other Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 54 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20053300
20062900
20073100
20083100
20093000
20102400
20112100
20122500
20132400
20142600
20151200
20201200

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs Average
Full-time62.368.4
Part-time37.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.940

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing80.1
Other Services18
Health Care and Social Assistance1.3
Retail Trade0.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.331.8
VIC30.125.5
QLD21.919.8
SA19.56.8
WA011.2
TAS3.62
NT0.71.1
ACT01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.9-5.45.4
20-245.8-9.99.9
25-3424.4-23.423.4
35-440-21.721.7
45-5418.7-21.121.1
55-5913.5-8.78.7
60-6428.7-5.95.9
65 and Over5.1-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCanvas and Leather Goods MakersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males76.2Males53.6
Females23.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCanvas and Leather Goods MakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV31-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1028.6-17.717.7
Below Year 1040.5-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have not completed any post school qualifications (that is, they have finished either Year 10, 11 or 12 only). Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Canvas and Leather Goods Makers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English Language

    57% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Mathematics

    56% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    54% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Administration and Management

    51% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    62% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  2. Performing General Physical Activities

    59% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    59% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    56% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Controlling Machines and Processes

    55% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

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