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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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Tax Reform Discussion Paper

Interim Submission by the Motor Trades Association of Australia with the Australian Motor Industry Federation to the ‘Re:think Taxation Discussion Paper

The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) have taken the opportunity to provide an initial submission in relation to the ‘Re:think Taxation Discussion Paper. AMIF and MTAA have also welcomed the opportunity to discuss small business issues specific to this important review during consultations with the Tax Board and Treasury Officers recently in Canberra. This initial submission is an expansion of the central themes provided by AMIF during those discussions.

The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) is the pre-eminent body representing the interests of over 100,000 retail motor trades businesses, which employ over 310,000 people and have an aggregated annual turnover in excess of $221 billion. These figures, combined with the industry’s scope and size, makes the retail motor trades the largest stand-alone small business sector in Australia. The Federation’s membership consists of the automobile chambers of commerce and the majority of state and territory motor trades associations. It is these associations members who stand to gain the most from the work of the tax task force and reforms stemming from it. From July 2015, AMIF will be subsumed into the Motor Trades Association of Australia.

The AMIF/ MTAA National Secretariat remains available to the task force and Treasury officials at any time should you wish to obtain further information or additional clarity on the matters raised in this initial submission.

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