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Textiles, Footwear, Clothing

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear sector has three main sub-sectors:

  • Production of clothing, textiles, footwear, leather goods and specialised technical textiles
  • Provision of services including dry cleaning and laundry operations, fashion design, and clothing and footwear repairs
  • Processing of natural (wool, cotton and leather) and synthetic materials such as PVC and shade cloth.

There were just over 25,200 businesses operating in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear sector at the end of June 2016, with nearly 85% located in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The sector is largely made up of small businesses with nearly 60% non-employing and a further 39% employing less than 20 people.

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