Industry Sector Committees
MTAA receives specific input from National Industry Sector Committees (NISC’s) that sit underneath the MTAA umbrella. These committees provide detailed technical input and advice on matters specific to each of the industries of the automotive sector. These committees include but are not limited to the Australian Automobile Repairers Association (AARA), Australian Motor Bodies Repair Association (AMBRA), Australian Motorcycle Dealers Association (AMDA), Automotive Parts Recyclers of Australia (APRAA), Australian Service Station and Convenience Store Association (ASSCA), Australian Tyre Dealers Retreaders Association (ATDRA), Farm and Industrial Machinery Dealers Association of Australia (FIMDAA).
AARA advocates on national issues affecting general automotive repairers. Of particular interest to AARA are debates surrounding the sharing of technical information in the Australian automotive industry. The issue of skills training and development is also 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.
The Australian Motor Body Repair sector is an important part of the Australian retail motor trades, the nation’s largest small business sector, and is responsible for the professional repair of vehicles to manufacturer’s specifications and in accordance with required laws and regulations. Thousands of Australian’s are employed in largely small to medium sized motor body repair businesses. The interests of Australian consumers are protected by ensuring that there is a professional, competitive, compliant and sustainable motor body repair sector.
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.
These organisations in turn represent members who employ more than 310,000 Australians in more than 30 specific professions across 90,000 retail automotive businesses, who contribute more than $208 billion in aggregated turnover to the national economy.
APRAA proactively represents, protects and advocates for the interests of Australian auto parts and recycling industry businesses and members of MTAA’s state and territory Motor Trades Associations and Automobile Chambers of Commerce. 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 automotive products, managing end of vehicle life recycling requirements and development of businesses opportunities.
The Australian fuel retailing industry (service station and convenience store industry) is an important part of the Australian automotive sector, and is responsible for the professional supply of fuel retailing services in accordance with required laws and regulations.
Thousands of Australians are employed within the fuel retailing industry and the issue of competition is of critical importance to independent retailers and consumers alike. ASSCSA and MTAA have played (and continue to do so) a critical role in addressing the dominance of the supermarket giants and other market players to ensure independent fuel retailers survive.
The Australian tyre dealership and tyre retreading industry is an important part of the Australian automotive sector, and is responsible for the professional replacement and servicing of tyres to manufacturer’s specifications and in accordance with required laws and regulations. Thousands of Australian’s are employed in small to medium sized tyre provision and servicing businesses with many businesses part of a franchising chain.
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.