Published on 04/07/18

Changes to the TCFIA Award



As of July 1, 2018 there are new wage rates and allowances under the Textile, Clothing, Footwear & Associated Industries Award 2010.


From the first full pay period on or after July 1, the new wage rates are as follows:


Classification/Skill Level Hourly Minimum Weekly Wage Rate
Trainee $18.93 $719.20
1 $19.47 $739.90
2 $20.22 $768.30
3 $20.91 $794.70
4 $22.04 $837.40
5 $23.42 $889.90


More information about wage rates


There are five skill levels under the TCF Award and each skill level has a different weekly rate of pay. Each is based on the level of skills of the employee as well as the nature and complexity of the work they perform.


These are set out in Clause 20 and Schedule B (Classifications/Skill Levels) and Schedule C (Definitions) of the TCF Award.


The weekly rates may change each year so always check the current version of the TCF Award for the most up-to-date rates.


Anyone responsible for the construction of a finished garment will usually be classified at a minimum of a skill level three. Outworkers are employed at a skill level three and would therefore receive a weekly wage of $794.70 (which is an hourly rate of $20.91). On top of this you are required to pay superannuation, WorkCover insurance and leave entitlements for any outworker you employ.


You can contact the TCF Sector of the Manufacturing Division of the CFMEU on 1800 800 135 to help you work out what the skill level is for various kinds of work and the new wage rates and allowances generally. The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool can also help you calculate base pay rates, allowances and penalty rates (including overtime).


For more information on the new wage rates and allowances, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.