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AMIF Welcomes the ACCC Authorisation of the End-of-Life Tyre Stewardship Scheme

The determination by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission represents a landmark decision and the culmination of more than a decade of work towards the implementation of a joint Industry Tyre Stewardship Scheme.

Mr Richard Dudley, C.E.O. of the Australian Motor Industry Federation says:

“This is a historic moment for the Australian Automotive Industry. This outcome illustrates the shared commitment of key participants, including the Government, towards reducing the impact of motor vehicles on our nation’s landscape and our community.

In practice today’s Determination by the A.C.C.C. allows the establishment of Tyre Stewardship Australia, a non-for-profit body funded by an end-user contribution equivalent to 25 cents per passenger car tyre. The main purpose of T.S.A. will be to reverse current unsustainable practices associated with the collection and the disposal of end-of-life tyres." He said.

In a comment regarding the determination, ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper provided a clear and encouraging message for all present and future players in the Scheme:

“The ACCC is satisfied that the Scheme is likely to result in a benefit to the public by reducing the volume of used tyres entering the domestic waste stream or being exported overseas and burned for fuel in an environmentally unsustainable way...This will reduce the environmental and health and safety hazards associated with such disposal methods”.

In the words of Mr Silvio de Denaro, Secretary of the Australian Tyre Industry Council: “The Scheme will establish better ways of collecting and disposing of end-of-life tyres ensuring that over time this resource acquires a positive value and is actively sought by recyclers. New markets for tyre-derived products will be encouraged and developed: we very much look forward to working with other important Industry players such as the Australian Motor Industry Federation in developing and implementing this Stewardship Scheme.

For further information please refer to http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-approves-national-tyre-stewardship-program or contact: Mr Richard Dudley, Chief Executive Officer of AMIF on (02) 6273 8222 or 0412 146 828.

The real impact of 457 Visas

The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) says the 457 Visa debate should return to reality rather than distorting what is really happening in regional and rural communities across Australia.

AMIF says commentary by Government, politicians and others that the current 457 visa scheme is ‘riddled with rorts’; that there should be a cap on 457 Visa’s and Australians should be at the head of jobs cues are a gross distortion of the facts and an emotive response to a valuable source of expertise.

AMIF CEO, Richard Dudley said an environmental scan conducted by national automotive training body, Auto Skills Australia,reveals a current nationwide shortage of 19,000 skilled mechanics alone.

‘If we could find 19,000 skilled mechanics in the Australian-based workforce, we would employ them, but they simply do not exist.We have an environment where automotive businesses are closing each week with lack of staff a key reason,’ Mr Dudley said.

‘The Federal Government’s own Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has reconfirmed the shortages we are experiencing with a decision to retain a status of shortage against many automotive professions appearing on the skilled migration list in only the last few weeks. DEEWRs says for all positions advertised nationwide on average only half are filled,’ Mr Dudley said.

AMIF says the Governments commentary that the Mining and Resources Industry are not high end 457 Visa users distorts the realissues and the real impacts, “ Mr Dudley said.

“While the mining industry may itself not utilise 457 Visas to a great extent, the facts are that this industry has already vacuumned local communities across the nation of people including mechanics, other motor trades professionals and other skilled workers and this combined with a diminishing labour pool mean 457 Visas are essential to maintain the expertise needed to provide services.

"In Emerald, Queensland, the local new hospital could not source nurses because they had been employed by the mining industry to drive trucks! In the same regional centre a local vehicle retailer is flying in mechanics from Brisbane on rotation and employing others under 457 Visas to replace the mechanics, body repairers and others who all went to the mining industry.'

Mr. Dudley said the Australian automotive Industry is a high end user of 457 visas and will continue to draw heavily on this employment strategy otherwise there is a real potential of Australia’s reliance on road transport grind to a halt in regional and rural areas.

“Rather than continue to generate some sort of employment class war and social concern, government should be working with all parts of industry together to better plan for a diminishing labour pool, impacts of globalisation and the needs of all Australians to access all the services they need.

For more information or for comment, please contact Mr Richard Dudley, Chief Executive Officer of AMIF on (02) 6273 8222 or 0412 146 828.

AMIF supports calls for fair competition policy

AMIF supports calls for fair competition policy The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF), which represents 100,000+ automotive retail, service and repair (RSR) businesses, employing 310,000 Australians and contributing in excess of $160 billion to the economy, supports the principles of the ‘Lets Have Fair Competition’ report, released today by Master Grocers Australia (MGA).

“It is time for Government, the Opposition, policy makers and regulators to give proper consideration to the long term public interest when determining competition policy. The automotive RSR sector has seen first hand the effect of the dominance of the supermarkets upon its independent fuel retailing members; no longer do Australian consumers have access to true competition at the petrol pump with independent petrol stations now few and far between“ said AMIF CEO, Richard Dudley.

“The very issues at the heart of the MGA report are the very issues which have decimated competition at the petrol pump, and as a result Australians have less choice as to where to fill up their tanks. The grocery and liquor retailing sectors are heading down the same road,” he added.

AMIF urges all levels of government to support fair and diverse competition in the Australian market place and supports the MGA’s call for competition policies that provide a level playing field for competitors, irrespective of their size or market share.

“Short term consumer benefit should never come at the expense of long term public interest. It is clear past policy decisions, or lack of them, have created today’s environment which will, if unchecked, ultimately disadvantage consumers,” Mr Dudley said.

For more information or for comment, please contact Mr Richard Dudley, Chief Executive Officer of AMIF on (02) 6273 8222 or 0412 146 828.