What an incredible couple of days we have just returned from. The first in-person AADA Convention and Expo since 2019 was held in Brisbane last week and it was a joy to be able to gather as an industry. Whilst we have made major advancements in how we can communicate in recent years, not much can replace the social and business connections made when able to congregate with likeminded industry professionals, so thank-you to those who were able to make the trip to Brisbane.
We had the opportunity at the Chairman’s Dinner to recognise some of those businesses and individuals who have dedicated their lives to the automotive industry with AADA Lifetime Achievement Awards. In the past, we have had the opportunity to thank members in New South Wales and Victoria, this year it was Queensland’s turn in the spotlight.
These lifetime achievement awards are not easy to attain – generally recipients have a record of some 50 years of service to the industry. The immense contribution made by Dealerships in Australia through employment, investment in local communities and support for charities and sporting clubs is only possible because of the leadership such as that shown by the recipients of these awards:
- Terry Keating – former AADA Chairman
- Joe Camilleri – Grand Prix Auto Group
- Don Russell – Wippells Autos
- F.R. Ireland – Ireland’s Group
- John Woelders – Motorama Group
Those in attendance at the 2022 AADA Convention & Expo heard Bruce Billson, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, announce during his presentation that the AADA, FCAI and MTAA have formed a Memorandum of Understanding. This is a landmark agreement between automotive industry associations and their members. It is designed to deliver stronger relationships and provide an agreed dispute resolution process for automotive franchising disputes within the term of the Dealer agreement.
This MoU is a clear statement by Dealers and Manufacturers that they remain fully committed to working co-operatively, as partners in business and for the ultimate benefit of all parties, including the consumers and we look forward to seeing it in action in the coming years. The AADA will be reaching out to Dealer Council Chair’s soon to discuss the implementation of the MoU.