The automotive retail, service and repair (RS&R) sector is Australia's largest small business sector and, with an aggregate annual turnover of +$160 billion, is a significant contributor to the Australian economy. It is also a significant employer, with over 310,000 Australians employed across 52 recognised automotive trades and skills categories. Ranging from small 'Mum and Dad' businesses to medium sized multi-site operations, our sector sells, services, repairs and fuels Australia's 17.2 million strong motor vehicle fleet.
The Motor Traders Association of Australia (MTAA) represents this sector. Members being the Motor Traders' Association of New South Wales, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (incorporating the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce), the Motor Trade Association of South Australia, the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, as well as a repositioned Motor Trades Association of Australia (members of which include the Motor Trades Association of the ACT and the Motor Trades Association of the Northern Territory as well as the other state motor trades associations and automobile chambers of commerce). MTAA presents a united and powerful voice to government and industry. Central to MTAA's objectives is the need to educate and inform government and industry about the role of the sector in the Australian economy and to proactively participate in development of sound public policy on issues affecting or impacting the retail motor trades, small business and consumers.
MTAA's affairs are managed by a Board of Directors,who are supported by a National Secretariat in Canberra. Directors, who act in a voluntary capacity, are employer representatives nominated by each MTAA Member Body, and are united in their vision for a strong and innovative Australian automotive industry.
Day-to-day operations are undertaken by the MTAA National Secretariat in Canberra. Managed by Chief Executive Officer Mr Richard Dudley and his team, this work includes identifying and monitoring issues affecting, or of interest to, the automotive RS&R sector and formulating an appropriate policy response. The National Secretariat also acts in a liaisory capacity, engaging with government, government departments and industry representatives. Trade specific input is provided to MTAA through its National Industry Sector Committees, which are consultative in nature, and provides MTAA with the detailed technical advice needed to create effective policy responses.