Today marks a significant event with world-leading laws passed to mandate the provision of motor vehicle service and repair information to Australian automotive repairers, paving the way for increased consumer choice and competition starting 1 July 2022.
The ground-breaking legislation fulfils a government commitment for a mandatory scheme to compel car manufacturers to share technical service and repair information with all qualified Australian repairers.
Work has already commenced towards next year's start date, with peak automotive organisations, including the Motor Trades Association of Australia, manufacturers, information providers, and the Treasury Department aiming to finalise and approve the rules, mechanisms and processes to implement the scheme.
The MTA congratulates the Morrison Government, notably the Assistant Treasurer and Housing Minister, Michael Sukkar, for championing and seeing through a legislated solution.
Australia’s global policy leadership on this issue has placed us among only a few global jurisdictions to legislate a proper, fair, balanced and equitable outcome for the benefit of Australian consumers and automotive businesses.
Over a decade of tireless advocacy by the MTA and our national association brought us to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's recommendation in 2017 for a mandated solution, and now laws put in place which will guide fair access to motor vehicle service and repair information at a fair and reasonable commercial terms.
From next year, Australian consumers will have strengthened rights to choose their repairer, knowing all repairers can access the same critical service and repair information. Likewise, automotive service and repair businesses will have strengthened rights to repair the Australian 20 million strong fleet by accessing manufacturers and data providers service and repair information at fair and reasonable prices.