7th August, 2020 ยท Media Release

New Car Dealers Welcome Changes to
JobKeeper 2.0

The peak body representing new car Dealers has welcomed the Government’s changes to the JobKeeper 2.0 program.

“The changes announced today will provide car retailers and their employees in Victoria and throughout Australia with a great degree of comfort during a very difficult and uncertain time,” said AADA CEO James Voortman.

“These changes will help save jobs and on behalf of the industry, I would like to thank the Treasurer and the entire Government for listening and taking on board concerns articulated by the many businesses across the country,” said Mr Voortman.

“Under the previous criteria, the industry was facing a situation in which very few, if any, car Dealers would have been able to access JobKeeper beyond 27 September. The changes are very welcome because Dealers in Victoria are facing an extremely difficult period and it is very unclear what lies ahead for the industry in general over the next six to twelve months,” he said.

“It’s been a very challenging environment for Dealers over the past two years compounded by the pandemic. Dealers across Australia are incredibly grateful for the stimulus measures the Government has provided to encourage consumer demand and allow Dealers to keep on employees,” said Mr Voortman.

New car sales have been declining for 28 months in a row and the last few months have seen some of the lowest sales numbers in decades.

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