Australian Automobile Repairers Association (AARA)
AARA, the newest of the Industry Sector Committees, is a forum for consideration of issues affecting general automotive repairers. Of particular interest to AARA is the debates surrounding the sharing of technical information in the Australian automotive industry. The issue of skills, training and development is of particular concern to AARA, as many of its qualified repairers and technicians, as well as its apprentices, are being lured into other industry sectors that require similar skill sets to the automotive sector. AARA is committed to assisting MTAA in developing sector specific policy responses and strategies as they arise.
Australian Motor Bodies Repair Association (AMBRA)
Automotive body repairers are largely dependent upon ‘outside’ entities for their work flow, income and viability. Virtually all work carried out by an automotive body repairer is the subject of a claim made against a motor vehicle insurance policy. In these circumstances, the relationship between the repairer and the insurer, while invariably skewed in favour of the insurer, is an important element of the repairer’s business. To address this imbalance, MTAA,co-administers the Motor Vehicle Insurers and Repairer Code of Conduct, which proscribes a transparent and cooperative relationship between insurers and repairers.
MTAA and its members are working on the replacement of the 'Funny Time, Funny Money' payment system with a 'Real Time, Real Money' system that enables individual businesses establishing their own charge out rates and preparing quotes based on those rates and the actual times they require in their own businesses to complete a vehicle repair.
Sharing of technical information between vehicle manufacturers and body repairers is also an issue under consideration by AMBRA, as detailed technical knowledge of appropriate repair techniques is often required from vehicle manufacturers in order to ensure a repairer is able to not only restore the vehicle to its pre-accident condition, but also so that the vehicle continues to meet regulatory requirements such as those described in the Australian Design Rules. Currently, this information is available to independent body repairers at a significant delay or at significant cost; AMBRA is seeking ready access to this information on behalf of repairers to affect repairs to the standards required of them and at a reasonable cost.
Australian Motorcycle Dealers Association (AMDA)
The Australian motorcycle retail sector is a significant component of the nation’s largest small business sector, the Australian Automotive Industry.
The interests of motorcycle retailers and repairers are represented in MTAA, through the Australian Motorcycle Dealers Association (AMDA). Policy issues considered by AMDA include the consumer safety, franchising and competition matters.
The Australian Motorcycle Dealers Association (AMDA), its Motor Trades Association and Automobile Chamber of Commerce affiliated State and Territory Motorcycle Divisions and National Dealer Councils, is an industry sector association of the Motor Trades Association of Australia.
Automotive Parts Recyclers of Australia (APRAA)
APRAA, through MTAA, seeks to work cooperatively with government agencies responsible for developing and applying policies with a view to encouraging greater recycling of suitable products. It is well placed to do this as its own APRAA Accreditation Program has, since 1997, provided Australian automotive recyclers with a universally recognised accreditation program that provides auto parts recyclers with standards of business presentation, environmental standards, occupational health and safety, customer service and parts traceability. The Accreditation Program is in the process of being revised and revamped to reflect the needs of auto parts recyclers. The program will be relaunched in 2012. For more information on APRAA's activities click here.
Australian Service Station and Convenience Store Association (ASSCA)
The issue of competition within the retail fuel sector is of critical importance to independent retailers and consumers alike. ASSCA/MTAA strongly considers that in order for consumers to benefit from a competitive fuel retailing sector, then the government must address the decline of independent fuel retailers within the marketplace and the market behaviours that have precipitated that exodus. ASSCA, through MTAA continues to lobby government on the need for intervention within the sector to address the dominance of the supermarket giants, the need for greater transparency within the downstream petroleum sector and the practice of unethical and illegal behaviours like predatory pricing, creeping acquisitions and misuse of market power.
Australian Tyre Dealers and Retreaders Association (ATDRA)
The issue of the quantity and disposal of waste tyres within the Australian marketplace is a long term project for ATDRA/MTAA. The Federation is committed to the reduction of waste tyres through the promotion of retreading and appropriate tyre maintenance and continues its long running discussions with the Department of Environment and Heritage regarding the development of a product stewardship program for end-of-life tyres.
Farm and Industrial Machinery Dealers Association of Australia (FIMDAA)
Years of severe drought followed by above average rainfalls in many parts of Australia has had a severe impact upon the farm machinery sector, with many farm machinery dealers experiencing a substantial downturn in sales and diminished business cash flow. The difficult trading environment associated with drought conditions placed significant pressure on the ability of farm machinery dealerships to retain apprentices and qualified staff and to employ new apprentices, with many dealerships forced to retrench staff or switch some employees to part-time work during the drought. As a direct result of the drought, many skilled workers have left regional and rural communities or transferred their skill sets to other sectors of the economy. FIMDAA, through MTAA, is currently working on policy responses to the issues of skills shortages and retention facing farm machinery dealers.