The Federal Government has introduced the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021 into the Australian Parliament.
Following a decade of advocacy efforts, the legislation fulfils a government election commitment to act on a recommendation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for a mandatory scheme, compelling car manufacturers to provide fair access to technical service and repair information with all Australian repairers at a fair price.
The Bill has received considerable industry input from both independent repairers who have long had difficulties accessing technical information, as well as dealers who have made significant financial investments into automotive brands. Ultimately, the winner will be the consumer who will be afforded greater choice in where they choose to repair or service their vehicle.
We thank MTAA CEO Richard Dudley for his tireless work over the past decade advocating solutions in regards to critical motor vehicle service and repair information. We also thank members from across our retail and repair divisions who have provided key industry insights which helped shape the Bill introduced into Parliament.
It is pleasing to see all sides of the retail, service and repair sectors of the industry, including the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) embracing the legislation.
We hope that all Parliamentarians will support the swift passage of the legislation through Parliament so the new scheme can come into effect on 1 July 2022.