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Apparel Production Assistant

Apparel Production Assistants act as the point person between internal staff in a design company and the external companies providing materials, factory production, and other services. They monitor stock levels, place production orders, and ensure that production can run smoothly.


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Employment Levels

Around 9,500 people are currently employed as Apparel Production Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 10,600 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

41.5% of all Apparel Production Assistants are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Apparel Production Assistants is NT, with only 0%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 39.6% of Apparel Production Assistants being male and 60.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Apparel Production Assistants is 25-34 years old, with 28%. A small percentage (2.3%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Apparel Production Assistants, with 12.8% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Apparel Production Assistants work an average of 42.5 hours a week which is 1.6 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Apparel Production Assistants have a Bachelor Degree qualification (35.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (31.6%). 79% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 21% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Apparel Production Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Track pre-production samples.
  • Schedule factory time, deliveries, and replenishment of materials.
  • Complete some data entry work such as invoicing and shipping.
  • Confirm bookings with factories and other vendors.
  • Testing samples for quality control.
  • Review current stock levels and re-order as needed.
  • Communicate constantly between designers, sourcing teams, and external companies.



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.