Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australian footwear producers have faced a tough operating environment over the past decade as the dominance of low-cost foreign competitors, tariff reductions and import penetration have caused the industry's structure to change significantly. The industry also faces skilled-labour shortages, accelerated industry reforms and companies outsourcing production overseas. Finding a significant low-cost footwear producer based in Australia is now a difficult task. However, several larger footwear manufacturers produce industrial and safety boots, while sheepskin footwear such as ugg boots has retained stable domestic output levels over the past five years.
In 2013-14, industry revenue is estimated to decline by 2.7% to total $489.3... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographic spread of the industry is closely linked with the distribution of footwear wholesalers, department stores, and footwear retailers. The majority of industry establishments are located in New South Wales and Victoria, which account for 28.4% and 36.5% of footwear manufacturers respectively.
The industry is highly concentrated in these areas due to the historical development of apparel and footwear manufacturing in these states. The populations in New South Wales and Victoria provide footwear manufacturers with a large pool of workers, and close proximity to ports provides ease of access to imported raw materials. Downstream retailers and wholesalers are also heavily concentrated in these states, helping industry establishments to minimise transport costs... purchase to read more