As Chair of the Industry Reference Committee for the Federal Government’s Furnishing Sector IRC, AFA CEO, Patrizia Torelli can report that great progress is being made in the review of ALL training packages in this industry sector.

  • The Furnishing Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, links the sector trends, workforce skill priorities and training plan to effectively meet the future skill needs of this sector in transition by:
  • ·providing an understanding of the industry including its primary activities, its size and sub-sectors, type and location of employers, and opportunities and challenges (Sector Overview);
  • · outlining the critical workforce challenges and opportunities (Employment); · forecasting future skills priorities by describing trends in workplace and job design (Skills Outlook); and
  • · proposing and prioritising training product development and review activities (Training Product Review Plan). This April 2017 update to the Furnishing Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work augments the earlier Four Year Work Plan submitted in September 2016 with an executive summary, incorporation of updated priorities for training product development and review following recent consultations with the Furnishing IRC and State Training Authorities.

The furnishing industry includes manufacturing and installation of internal décor and structural aspects of residential and commercial buildings, as well as some external structures such as awnings. The impact of new technologies and advanced materials continue to vary across sectors. The close alignment of the furnishing industry with the construction industry drives hotspots of activity in contrast to the impact of the downturn in construction associated with the resources industry. Market differentiation through customisation, green credentials and complete service from design to installation are being used as strategies to compete with challenges resulting from international trade agreements.

Visit the official IBSA link to briefing documents HERE.