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The Australian Automotive National Summit

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The Motor Trade Association of Australia Limited will be holding the inaugural Australian Automotive National Summit at the Hotel Realm Canberra on 19 and 20 August 2015.

The Australian Automotive National Summit will allow policy makers, industry participants and government to elevate conversations around the issues being faced by the automotive industry. The Summit will also provide a platform for exposure to the thinking of innovators, futurists and those developing new product, and to better identify the future opportunities for Australia’s automotive industry.

The outcomes sought are a communiqué containing agreed principles or recommendations from the whole of industry on critical issues and approaches to dealing with those issues in a new industry and government partnership. This will assist government and policy makers to identify and determine actions needed to address current and emerging policy issues.

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Agreement to Access Vehicle Service Repair Information

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The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) [including the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA), members of both organisations, and their member constituencies, is a signatory to an agreement on the access to service and repair information for motor vehicles reached in December 2014.

The Agreement, between AMIF, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA), was overseen by the Federal Government and is the industry response to a 2012 Commonwealth Consumer and Competition Advisory Committee (CCCAC) inquiry.

The Agreement is representative of industry and consumer interests. It aims to provide a safeguard to consumers that service and repair information is available in a timely manner, to the repairer of their choice at a fair and reasonable cost.

The Agreement recognises, as far as practicable, the many issues surrounding access to service and repair information and provides agreed industry principles reflecting a common understanding of how automotive industry participants will deal with these issues. This Code of Conduct document should be read in conjunction with the Agreement.

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Automotive Industry Senate Inquiry

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Interim Submission by the Motor Trades Association of Australia with the Australian Motor Industry Federation to the Senate Standing Committees on Economics Inquiry into the future of the Australian automotive industry.

The Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) and the Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) have taken the opportunity to provide an interim submission to the current inquiry into the Australian automotive industry. MTAA/AMIF welcomed the opportunity to provide evidence to the Committee at a hearing in Canberra on 15 April 2015.

MTAA /AMIF understand the necessity for the Senate Inquiry into the Automotive Industry to have broad Terms of Reference. The Committees’ initial focus on the immediate issues of vehicle manufacturing plant closures, the transformation and structural adjustment resulting and the role of government programs such as the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) is also understood.

MTAA /AMIF address these aforementioned issues elsewhere in this interim submission.

After the last car manufacturing plant closes in 2017, ninety five percent of the automotive industry will be the sectors who sell, service, repair, recycle and support motor vehicles (passenger / commercial) heavy vehicle transport, farm and industrial machinery and others.

MTAA / AMIF will continue through the Inquiry process, with the National Automotive Industry Summit on 19 and 20 August 2015, and beyond; to concentrate its energies to these sectors that have largely been ignored in previous inquiries, reviews and policy determinations.

So complex, so many, and so varied, are the issues currently or potentially impacting the future of the Australian automotive industry and sectors within it, MTAA /AMIF have developed key objectives, themes and future work programs to assist its thinking, that of its members, their constituents, other industry organisations and work of the Senate Committee.

These themes, or their areas of investigation, or both, may change as further consultation, outcomes of the Industry Summit and work proceeds. It is why this submission is described as interim.

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