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Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, announced the establishment of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industries Innovation Council, as part of the TCF innovation package, in the Federal Budget on 12 May 2009.
In establishing the TCF Industries Innovation Council the federal Government is recognizing the importance of the TCF industry.
The TCF Industries Innovation Council will provide strategic advice on innovation priorities to the Minister, champion innovation in the TCF industries and build connections with other organisations, including the Enterprise Connect network.
The Council membership represents a wealth of TCF industries experience and will look at a range of innovation issues and work closely with businesses, unions, researchers and government in achieving its goals.
In announcing the establishment of the TCF Industries Innovation Council, the Minister commissioned the Council to provide advice on the introduction of a voluntary ethical mark, voluntary national sizing standards for clothing and footwear and a national anthropometric (human measurement) database.