Fabric and Textile Factory Workers perform routine tasks in fabric and textile factories, such as cutting canvas, upholstery and curtain fabrics, delivering materials to machines, operating automatic machines using computerised patterns, pressing partially completed and finished garments, and inspecting and finishing completed garments.

    You can work as a Fabric and Textile Factory Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • Cutting canvas, upholstery and curtain fabrics.
    • Delivering materials to machines.
    • Operating automatic machines using computerised patterns, pressing partially completed and finished garments, and inspecting and finishing completed garments.

    All Other Factory Process Workers

    • $945 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Fabric and Textile Factory Workers

    • 1,000 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 47% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Fabric and Textile Factory Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 1,200 in 2011 to 1,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Fabric and Textile Factory Workers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 47% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing59.7
    Retail Trade13.9
    Other Services8.9
    Wholesale Trade5.0
    Other Industries12.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFabric and Textile Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.131.6
    VIC43.725.6
    QLD12.220.0
    SA5.97.0
    WA6.810.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFabric and Textile Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.2-5.05.0
    20-249.4-9.39.3
    25-3417.3-22.922.9
    35-4415.7-22.022.0
    45-5428.8-21.621.6
    55-5912.5-9.09.0
    60-649.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFabric and Textile Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV12.3-21.121.1
    Year 1232.3-18.118.1
    Year 118.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below35.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Fabric and Textile Factory Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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    Employers look for Factory Process Workers who are reliable, can work independently and are hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and Processing

      43% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. English Language

      43% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      43% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Administration and Management

      39% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Public Safety and Security

      36% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6062.00 - Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend Time Standing

      92% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      88% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      80% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Time Pressure

      79% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      78% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6062.00 - Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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