Automotive Industry Senate Inquiry
Published: Friday, 19 June 2015 12:16
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.