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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 71.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.1 hours Average full-time
  • 58 years Average age
  • 11.8% female Gender Share

The number of Canvas and Leather Goods Makers grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 2,100 in 2017 to 2,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Canvas and Leather Goods Makers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 58 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61.3%).
  • Gender: 11.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20073400
20083300
20092500
20102900
20112700
20122000
20132400
20142400
20152200
20161600
20172100
20222100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Manufacturing87.0
Other Services12.9
Other Industries0.1

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 2017, 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
NSW34.431.6
VIC15.726.2
QLD17.519.7
SA8.26.7
WA11.110.8
TAS9.62.0
NT1.91.1
ACT1.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-193.8-5.25.2
20-247.6-9.99.9
25-3412.2-23.623.6
35-4415.0-21.721.7
45-548.0-20.820.8
55-5919.4-8.88.8
60-6425.3-6.06.0
65 and Over8.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6041.00 - Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers.

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