To: VICTORIAN AADA MEMBERS
In welcome news for Victorian Dealers, the Victorian Government has released updated information regarding an easing of restrictions covering motor vehicle routine maintenance and repairs. This change will allow Dealer workshops to resume limited activity, working to other restrictions which remain in place, including adhering to a COVID Safe plan.
The advice is contained in the FAQ section of guidance material provided by the Victorian Government.
The specific advice, which comes into effect as of today, is as follows:
Routine maintenance (i.e. logbook or scheduled maintenance) is permitted as a standalone service for safety purposes only, including for repairs and product recalls. Under the current guidance, automotive, machinery and equipment repair and maintenance are permitted to operate:
- where service providers are providing support to a permitted service or industry or
- where it is required to maintain the health and safety of Victorians at home or at work (e.g. routine maintenance, vehicle repairs and critical maintenance including disinfection).
While no explanation for the change has been provided, it more than likely stems from the collaborative messaging and pressure applied by the AADA, FCAI and in particular, the VACC who have lobbied strongly on behalf of the industry and remained in close contact with the Victorian Government.
It is evident that the Victorian Government now understands that vehicle repair and maintenance activity can occur safely and represents an extremely low level of risk when performed in adherence with a COVID Safe plan. We strongly believe that the same circumstances apply to Dealer showroom activity, which also represents a very low risk to the community. The AADA will continue working to convince the Victorian Government for an earlier than scheduled easing of the restrictions on Dealer showrooms.