Interview with Michel Abeysekera

Michel Abeysekera
Michel Abeysekera

How do you see government support to the textile and clothing industry that can boost its international awareness?

TFIA is working hard with both state and federal government to ensure the Australian TCF industry is a vital part. Some of the TFIA’s work includes collaborating with government departments such as Brand Australia and Austrade and participating in trade missions; the hosting of trade delegations to Australia and other promotional events. Showcasing a united TCF industry that works together to improve the entire sector and strengthening opportunities is a significant part of sector; as it is providing program support for new research and development, capital investment and skill development.

What kind of reinforcement TFIA gives back to this industry as well as how is it propitious/beneficial to its members?

For the last 70 years, TFIA has represented the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industries in Australia. Below is a summary of various roles undertaken by the TFIA: Government: As the acknowledged voice of the TCF industry, TFIA provides advice to governments and their agencies - ensuring that member companies have input into the policy and legislation that affects their businesses. TFIA is able to provide counsel on understanding application, eligibility and guidelines. They may also on a fee-for-service basis assist member companies on submissions and applications for these assistance programs. Industry Support: TFIA assists all TCF stakeholders to be competitive in an increasingly challenging marketplace. This assistance is far ranging and customised to individual needs but can vary from things like a letter of recommendation, distribution of government bulletins to simple introductions and business intelligence through its networks. Standards Information: The Council is actively involved with Standards Australia and other government agencies offering members an advisory service on the most current requirements and regulations for manufacturers in industries. Commercial Services: Members can seek advice from TFIA on the following programs • AusIndustry TCF programs as well as State based and local government programs • Anti-dumping and countervailing investigations • Import credit schemes • Preferential trade enquiries (Fiji and New Zealand) as well as FTAs • Apprenticeships and traineeships • Tariff concessions • General customs and trade services • Business's intelligence and market reports We can advise members on where to source manufacturing, how to export, how to increase sales, create systems, increase performance, gain extra recognition, lobby government for funding or validate their businesses. Training Advice: The Council provides a Training Advisory Service and assists member companies: • By providing consultancy services to support workplace training, including: - Identification of workplace competencies and training needs analysis - Skills Audits - Development of training plans, training and career pathways - Advice on strategies for training, materials available and potential funding - Creation of effective workplace training infrastructure - Identifying apprenticeship and traineeships opportunities • By providing members with the opportunity to have input into training reforms and directions on a national and state basis. • By providing advice to members on developments • Through its role as a Registered Training Organisation, by tendering on behalf of TCF companies for government funds to support workplace training.
Published on: 01/08/2012

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