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Post-2005 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Assistance Arrangements

The inquiry report, Review of TCF Assistance, was released on 26 November 2003.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Terms of reference, Contents, Abbreviations and explanations, Key points, Overview, Findings

1   About the inquiry
1.1   What has the Commission been asked to do?
1.2   How has the Commission approached its task?
1.3   What is in the rest of the report?

2   The Australian TCF sector
2.1   A diverse component of Australia’s manufacturing
2.2   A sector in transition
2.3   Impacts of recent changes
2.4   Further restructuring is inevitable
2.5   Changes in the sector have a range of policy implications

3   Prospects
3.1   Global pressures are forcing change
3.2   A range of new opportunities will emerge
3.3   The Australian TCF sector is developing important strengths
3.4   But the sector also has weaknesses
3.5   TCF firms face a range of threats
3.6   What are the implications?

4   Adjusting to change
4.1   A sector in a continuing state of transition
4.2   Change brings benefits as well as costs
4.3   Industry characteristics suggest adjustment costs could be high
4.4   The regional dimension
4.5   Recent experiences
4.6   Quantifying regional adjustment costs from further assistance reductions
4.7   Lessons for the future

5   Current assistance arrangements
5.1   The Government’s policy objectives
5.2   Key elements of the current arrangements
5.3   How do existing arrangements measure up?

6   Approach to post 2005 assistance
6.1   Views about future TCF assistance
6.2   The Commission’s response
6.3   The Commission’s approach

7   Post 2005 tariffs and related assistance issues
7.1   Tariff options outlined in the Commission’s Position Paper
7.2   The Commission’s findings on post 2005 tariff levels
7.3   Other tariff related issues

8   Transitional assistance
8.1   Options canvassed in the Position Paper
8.2   Participants’ responses to the Position Paper’s options
8.3   Judging transitional assistance options
8.4   Modifying existing arrangements
8.5   How much for how long?

9   Labour adjustment support
9.1   What general support is available
9.2   Does current Job Network support meet the specific needs of TCF workers?
9.3   What augmentation is required and how should services be delivered?

10   Workplace arrangements and skilling issues
10.1   Current workplace arrangements
10.2   Policy responses to particular workplace issues
10.3   Skilling and training issues
10.4   Outworkers

11   Other issues
11.1   Microeconomic reform and taxes and charges
11.2   Facilitating market access
11.3   Dumping
11.4   Other matters

A   Inquiry processes and information sources
A.1   List of meetings with interested parties
A.2   Modelling workshop participants
A.3   Public hearing participants
A.4   List of submissions

B   Industry and workforce data
B.1   Market data
B.2   Workforce data

C   Current assistance arrangements
C.1   Tariffs
C.2   The TCF Strategic Investment Program (SIP)
C.3   Recently terminated schemes
C.4   The EOAP Scheme
C.5   The Tariff Concession System and policy by-laws
C.6   Other concessional provisions
C.7   State Government support

D   Market access
D.1   What is the current state of play?
D.2   What is in prospect?
D.3   Implications for the Australian TCF sector

E   Modelling the effects of assistance options
E.1   Modelling of assistance scenarios
E.2   Impacts of domestic assistance reductions
E.3   Effects of international developments in assistance on Australia
E.4   Summary of modelling outcomes

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