5th September, 2019 · Media Release

New Car Dealers Make Largest Economic
Contribution to Regional Electorates

New car Dealers turnover almost $60 billion worth of sales, they collect billions in government duties and charges and employ more than 58,000 people in electorates across Australia.

The Australian Automotive Dealer Association’s DealerNomics website has been updated to reflect the revised federal electoral boundaries and the newly elected members of the 46th Parliament.

DealerNomics now also has more specific electorate information and for the first time it quantifies the number of apprentices employed and the community donations that Dealers make.

The AADA has also revealed Australia’s federal electorates in which new car Dealers make the largest economic contribution, with the top 10 made up exclusively of large, regional electorates.

South Australian seat of Barker tops the list with new car Dealers in the electorate employing almost 1,600 people with a total annual economic contribution of $333 million. In second place is Barker’s neighbouring seat of Grey while the rest of the top five is rounded out by the Victorian seat of Mallee, the Western Australian seat of Durack and Parkes in New South Wales.

“New car dealerships are present in just about every federal electorate, but there are more franchises in the electorates which are large by area, demonstrating the commitment of Dealers to service rural and regional communities,” AADA CEO James Voortman said.

“Dealers are crucial local businesses in country towns. They are often family businesses who employ locals and sponsor local footy teams or community groups,” said Mr Voortman.

“This interactive mapping tool demonstrates the significant reach of franchised new car Dealers throughout Australia as well as at the state and territory level,” he said.

“We will be encouraging our members to pay their local Member and/or Senator a visit and demonstrate to them through DealerNomics, the important contribution which car Dealers make in their electorate,” he said.

“Governments are in the process of considering a number of regulatory issues which will have a significant impact on the future of car retailing in Australia. It is important for decision makers to understand the scale and breadth of the industry before implementing any regulations,” he said.


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