The Social Outfit’s primary focus is to remove barriers to training and employment for refugee and new migrant women. We also contribute to the circular economy and positively impact public discourse, advocating for better employment pathways for refugees and more ethical, sustainable fashion industry. 

Our goal is to reach 100 jobs and 1,000 training outcomes for refugee and new migrant women by our 10th Birthday in June 2024. This is our progress to date, from inception in July 2014 to July 2023.

92 People

Through our employment programs we’ve paid a total of $1,325,493 in Australian wages. Of the 92 employees, 43 were retail trainees.


The Social Outfit was their first Australian job for 84% of those we have employed.


Of those who exited The Social Outfit, transitioned to further employment.

113 People

Engaged in paid work experience with us, including 76 in our “Earn and Learn” sewing programs

388 People

Trained in our specialist sewing programs, which include community outreach classes on domestic machines, and industrial sewing programs delivered in our professional manufacturing studio.

96 People

Participated in our Community Print Projects, which involve creating collaborative artworks that are then printed on fabric for our clothing collections.

39 People

Graduated from our 3-month Retail Training Program. For 74% The Social Outfit was their first Australian job. 66% of whom successfully transitioned to ongoing employment.

174 People

Engaged in online training. We added online learning programs in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 lockdowns, classes on offer include sewing, craft and financial literacy.