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Repairers Association (AARA)
A National Industry Sector Committee of the Motor Trades Association of Australia

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MTAA members are providing updates to their members on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) including information about occupational health and safety, workplace relations and other important information. In addition, each state government and the commonwealth government are providing assistance packages to help businesses.

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The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) regards the automotive supply chain as essential services defined by Part 1, Section 4, Clause 1, (l) - Essential Services Act 1988 (NSW); Section 3,Clause (a), (b) and (g) - Essential Services Act 1958 (Victoria); Section 2, Interpretation - Essential Services Act 1981 (SA) and companion legislation where it exists in other jurisdictions.

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The Federal Government has committed to legislation to address the provision of access to service and repair information and data. Assistant Treasurer the Hon Michael Sukkar MP and Treasury Department officials met with representatives of MTAA, AAAA, FCAI, AAA and AADA on Wednesday this week  to outline that government had determined that head legislation is the way to best address the ACCC 2017 recommendation for a prescribed and mandated scheme to provide access to vehicle service and repair information and data.

The Treasury Department will finalise an exposure draft of the legislation over coming weeks and has also asked the five peak automotive industry associations to consider among other matters:

  • whether there is consensus to establish an industry body to support the design and later implementation of the mandatory scheme;
  • Industry’s suggestions on the body’s role, functions and membership, as well as any preliminary advice as to the body’s terms of reference and/or governance;
  • how technical expertise would be included in the body;
  • how industry proposes to reach binding resolution where there is a difference of opinion between members of the body; and
  • how industry propose the body would interact with the Minister and/or with the Treasury Department.

Industry Representatives agreed to meet on 26 November 2019 to work through these and other issues and MTAA on behalf of Members is coordinating and facilitating this meeting to keep momentum going and keep pressure on the legislation being finalised as quickly as possible. MTAA issued a media release on Tuesday evening.

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Representatives from MTAA, AAAA, FCAI, AAA and AADA met with Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar MP and
Treasury Department officials in Melbourne on Tuesday this week to be briefed
on Governments decision to introduce a data sharing law.

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