How to become a Milliner

Milliners design and make hats and other headgear such as caps, berets, bonnets, fascinators and bridal headpieces, using materials such as felt, fabric, fur, leather, straw and artificial flowers.

Personal requirements of a Milliner

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Artistic sense of colour and design
  • Patient and able to persevere
  • Understanding of and interest in fashion trends

Education & Training for a Milliner

To become a milliner you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a milliner by completing a traineeship in Millinery. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 46.8%

NT 0%

QLD 8.5%

SA 4.2%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 27.9%

WA 10.3%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 19.1%

Female 80.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 22.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 34.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 28.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22.5%

Above 35 years: 77.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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