18th December, 2020 ยท Media Release

Dealers Note Information Sharing Scheme

The Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) notes the Government’s release of the mandatory motor vehicle service and repair information sharing scheme.

The AADA, along with other stakeholders, has been in discussions with the Government and the Treasury about this scheme for several years. The AADA welcomed progress on the scheme, but sounded a cautionary note about its implementation.

“We have been working collaboratively with the Government and other industry participants and while we welcome the exposure draft, it is important that the underlying detail is carefully considered as we move to implementation,” AADA CEO James Voortman said.

“Dealers are required to spend significant sums of money on the latest equipment, facilities and training and this will need to inform the goal of achieving a level playing field. There are huge risks for consumers if inadequately trained and equipped repairers attempt to work on the safety, security or emissions systems on today’s cars,” he said.

“Dealers also use genuine parts in all of their repairs and it is important that we have full disclosure when non-genuine parts are used, as this was a fundamental element of the original voluntary agreement negotiated by Government and Industry,” Mr Voortman said.

“The development of this scheme comes after the failed voluntary agreement on sharing of service and repair information, which shows the limitations of voluntary approaches when regulating commercial relations between offshore Manufacturers and Australian businesses,” he added.

The AADA looks forward to working with the Government and other stakeholders on further developing the legislation.

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