TCF Industry Innovation Council

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industries Innovation Council provided strategic advice on innovation priorities for the sector to the Minister. It promoted and encouraged innovation in the TCF industries and built links with other organisations, including the Enterprise Connect network.

The Council membership contained a large amount of experience from the sector. It looked at a range of innovation issues and worked closely with businesses, unions, researchers and government in achieving its goals.

The establishment of the TCF Industries Innovation Council in the Federal Budget on 12 May 2009 recognised the importance of the TCF industries. The sector employs over 39,000 Australians and is crucial to regional economies around the country. Innovation drives the productivity, competitiveness, skills base and sustainability of the sector.

Membership of the Council

On 14 August 2009, the Minister announced the membership of the TCF Industries Innovation Council, with Mr Phillip Butler as Chair. Mr Butler is Director of Textor Technologies, a leading Australian company at the forefront of non woven textile technology. The Council's term expired on 30 June 2012.

Strategic Road Map

The Strategic Road Map 2009-2014 outlined the desired outcomes for the TCF industries by 2014 and the pathways to achieve these outcomes.

Government Program Guide

The TCF Industries Innovation Council developed a Program Guide to help businesses in the TCF industries identify government support initiatives for which they might be eligible.

Industry Capability Maps

The Council developed a number of capability maps for the TCF Industries. The Council completed maps for the following sectors:


The Council met four times a year and last met on 13 June 2012.

TCF Supplier Advocate

Mr Tony Quick has been appointed as the TCF Supplier Advocate. Mr Quick has worked closely with the TCF Industries Innovation Council, unions, industry and Enterprise Connect. Together they have promoted and showcased Australian industry capabilities, helped local industry to be competitive and championed supply chain development activities. Mr Quick's appointment was announced by the Minister on 7 September 2011.

Media Articles

Innovation Council hails unity, looks ahead Publication: Fashion Source (Thursday 19 May 2011)

Quality mark, research and education focus at TCF Industries innovation Council Publication: Fashion Source (Thursday 21 October 2010).


The department provided secretariat support to the Council. The departmental contact is:

Gary Davis
TCF Industries Innovation Council Secretariat
GPO Box 9839, Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 61-2-6213 7599

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