The MTA SA/NT is committed to taking a proactive approach with the Australian, South Australian and Northern Territory governments to ensure the automotive industry and our members are best represented and protected.
Through submissions the MTA SA/NT is able to:
- Highlight failures of government regulations and legislation affecting our members.
- Advocate on behalf of our members and highlight member concerns.
- Propose changes to regulations and legislations which best serve the public, our members and the automotive industry.
- Provide options which assist our members to be more productive and achieve greater business efficiencies.
- Initiate positive change for the automotive industry in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Below is a selection of some of the submissions made by the Motor Trade Association of SA/NT:
- South Australia's Road Safety Strategy to 2031 (2020)
- Heavy Vehicle National Law Review – Consultation Regulations Impact Statement (2020)
- Inquiry into essential production and supply chain security in the context of emergency circumstances in South Australia (2020)
- Wage Theft Bill 2020 (2020)
- Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 (2020)
- Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme Stage 1 – A return to industry (2020)
- South Australia’s Waste Strategy
- ASIC Product Intervention (2020)
- Consultation on the draft Motor Vehicles (Motor Bike Driver Licensing) Amendment Bill 2020 (2020)
- National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review (2020)
- MTA NT Election Charter - Automotive in the Territory (2020)
- State-Nominated Skilled Migration Program (2020)
- Fuel Pricing Information Scheme Bill and Draft Regulations (2020)
- Agricultural machinery: After-sales markets (2020)
- Passenger Transport Reforms (2020)
- COVID-19 Industry Response and Recovery Council – Member Survey (2020)
- COVID-19 Business and Jobs
Support Fund & Community and Jobs Support Fund Submissions (2020)
- Business Relief – Taxation, Fees and Charges
- Automotive Industry Stimulus Package
- Bus and Coach Industry
- GTO Automotive Apprentice Retention Program
- Auto-Assist Package Submission
- EPA Levy and Fee Relief
- Road Safety Summit (2020)
- Migration Advisory Council – Commonwealth Visa Arrangements (2020)
- Automotive franchising draft regulations (2020)
- Northern Territory 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission (2020)
- Holden Senate Inquiry (2020)
- Operation of Heavy Tow Trucks in SA – Policy Review (2020)
- Commissioned Report on Fuel Pricing (2020)
- National Transport Regulatory Reform – Productivity Commission Draft Report (2020)
- Review of South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreements (2020)
- Skills and Workforce Development Agreement (2019)
- Franchising Taskforce – Franchising sector reforms Draft RIS (2019)
- Federal Government 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission (2019)
- Co-designing the National Skills Commission (2019)
- Product Intervention: The sale of add-on financial products through caryard intermediaries (2019)
- Heavy Vehicle National Law Review (2019)
- Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill (2019)
- Review of Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List (2019)
- Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas (2019)
- Cross Sector Environmental Skills Project (2019)
- Inquiry into the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry in South Australia (2019)
- Accident Tow Rate Charge Review (2019)
- Electric Vehicle Strategy (2019)
- VET in Schools (2019)
- National Transport Regulatory Reform (2019)
- Training and Skills Development Act Review (2019)
- SA Skilled Migration Program (2019)
- Enforceability of Financial Services Industry Code (2019)
- Australian Qualifications Framework Review (2019)
- Creating a Modern Industry Policy for South Australia (2019)
- Automotive Franchising Code (2019)
- Vocational Education and Training Review (2019)
- Supported School Transport and the NDIS (2018)
- National Transport Commission Fatigue Management (2018)
- Accident Tow Rate Charge Review (2018)
- Quad Bike Safety (2018)
- Financial Services Royal Commission (2018)
- South Australian Skills in Demand (2018)
- Better Fuel for Cleaner Air (2018)
- Graduated Licensing System for Motorcyclists in SA (2018)
- Review of the Return to Work Act 2014 (2018)
- Small Business Tax Concessions (2018)
- NHVR Master Industry Code (2018)
- Light and Heavy Vehicle Standards Review (2018)
- Road Vehicle Standards Bill Submission 2017 (2018)
- State Budget Submission (2017)
- State Nominated Skills Occupation List (2017)
- Accident Towing Charges (2017)
- Interim Guidelines on Misuse of Market Power Concerted Practices (2017)
- Quad Bike Safety (2017)
- Review of CBS Compliance and Enforcement Policy (2017)
- Vehicle Inspections Position Statement (2017)
- The Work Health and Safety (Notification of Next of Kin) Amendment Bill 2017 (2017)
- Road Traffic Act Regulations for NA Category (Two Wheel Drive) Vehicles (2017)
- Bus and Coach Accreditation and Regional Contract Matters (2017)
- Competition Policy Review Legislation 2016 (2016)
- ASIC Actions Relating to Dealer Finance (2016)
- ACCC Market Study into New Car Retailing (2016)
- ACL Interim Report Feedback Submission (2016)
- Review of the Return to Work Act 2014 Submission (2014)
For more information on submissions and the MTA’s commitment to Industry Policy and Advocacy please contact
MTA Submissions 2020
South Australia's Road Safety Strategy to 2031 (November 2020)
The MTA provided a submission in response to the Government's Issues Paper: South Australia's Road Safety Strategy to 2031, which expressed disappointment that the issue of roadworthiness was not highlighted as an area for consideration in the development of a new Road Safety Strategy.
The MTA's submission calls on the State Government to implement a light vehicle inspection scheme at change of ownership, which will unquestionably deliver safer vehicles on our roads and a material reduction in the deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Heavy Vehicle National Law Review – Consultation Regulations Impact Statement (October 2020)
As part of the ongoing review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the MTA provided a submission to the National Transport Commission (NTC) in response to its HVNL Review Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). In conjunction with members, the MTA took an in-depth look at the policy options for the future HVNL outlined in the Consultation RIS, and provided feedback in the policy areas of duties; regulatory tools; technology and data; assurance; fatigue; access; and roadworthiness.
Inquiry into essential production and supply chain security in the context of emergency circumstances in South Australia (September 2020)
The MTA responded to the terms of reference of the Parliament of South Australia Economic and Finance Committee’s inquiry into the impact of emergency circumstances on essential production and supply chains in South Australia. The Government was informed on COVID-19’s impact on the automotive supply chain, issues with local capacity in the context of closed or impacted borders, and opportunities for government to improve essential production and supply chain security.
Wage Theft Bill 2020 (September 2020)
The MTA expressed its opposition to the introduction of the Wage Theft Bill 2020 (the Bill). It is the MTA’s view that the Fair Work Act (the Act) is an existing and effective legislative tool in guiding employers and employees on correct wages and entitlement, deterring employers from underpaying staff and penalising employers who deliberately do the wrong thing. The MTA considers that the Bill creates an unnecessary additional layer of regulation at a state level, which has the potential to undermine national consistency and application of the Act at a national level.
Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 (August 2020)
The MTA provided feedback on the Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020, which establishes the South Australian Skills Commission and a South Australian Skills Commissioner, expands the scope of trades and declared vocations, streamlines employer registration, introduces a fee for employers on transfer of a trainee or apprentice, balances obligations on parties to an apprenticeship or traineeship, and recognises other trade training.
Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme Stage 1 – A return to industry (August 2020)
Following the Government’s decision to take stage one change of ownership inspections away from industry inspectors such as Cavpower and Scania, and bring them in house to existing Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) locations such as Regency Park, MTA members expressed concerns. Including that their choice in change of ownership inspections had been materially reduced, and that this may result in longer wait times for inspections and inflexible booking practices. The MTA sought weekly feedback from affected members over a two month period. The consultation identified that the time spent on the phone to make a booking was excessive and that the delivery procedure for vehicles to be inspected was not in line with business needs. Accordingly, the MTA has advocated to Government that stage one heavy vehicle inspections be conducted in industry as well as by DIT (as is the experience in almost every state and territory), as well as seeking process improvements for DIT inspections.
South Australia’s Waste Strategy
The MTA provided input into the Government’s development of a waste strategy that proposes targets, objectives and actions aimed at achieving positive environmental outcomes while building the local industry and creating business opportunities locally and overseas. Feedback was provided on what issues are most important to our members in terms of waste and recycling, especially in the areas of plastics, end-of-life vehicles, automotive paint and general waste. Input was also provided regarding what the automotive industry needs from Government in order to achieve better recycling outcomes.
ASIC Product Intervention (August 2020)
In November 2019, the MTA provided a response to ASIC’s consultation on proposal CP 324 – Product Intervention: The sale of add-on financial products through caryard intermediaries. ASIC subsequently made changes to the draft product intervention order, which was released for feedback. The MTA provided further input, expressing its disappointment at ASIC’s decision to proceed with a specific sale of motor vehicles product intervention order.
Consultation on the draft Motor Vehicles (Motor Bike Driver Licensing) Amendment Bill 2020 (July 2020)
Following consultation with members, the MTA provided feedback that it was comfortable with the content of the draft legislation. The MTA took the opportunity to thank the State Government for their engagement with industry and for incorporating changes following input from MTA members.
National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review (July 2020)
The MTA provided input into the Productivity Commission’s
review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD).
The review of the NASWD comes at a critical time for Australia’s future
workforce, as the automotive industry goes through an unprecedented period of
disruption as a result of COVID-19. The MTA provided its input on addressing
imbalances in the VET system; funding the future of VET; mentoring and the
retention of apprentices; and VET development and the role of industry.
MTA NT Election Charter - Automotive in the Territory (July)
State-Nominated Skilled Migration Program (June 2020)
As a member of the Migration Advisory Council, the MTA provided input into the Department for Innovation and Skills’ (DIS) review of South Australia’s general skilled migration program. The MTA consulted with relevant members on the questions raised by DIS, and provided feedback on the automotive industry’s experience in accessing skilled migration.
Fuel Pricing Information Scheme Bill and Draft Regulations (June 2020)
The MTA provided feedback on draft legislation that will form the basis for a two year trial period aimed at increasing fuel price transparency by legislating the requirement for fuel retailers to disclose petrol prices. The MTA’s submission sought assurances around regional exemptions, transparency with regard to the start and end date of the trial, and the tender process and implementation.
Agricultural machinery: After-sales markets (May 2020)
Following feedback sought in February 2020, the ACCC sought further information and feedback from stakeholders to better understand the extent of concerns identified in the discussion paper. The MTA provided a submission that, broadly, members are concerned that applying Australian Consumer Law to farm machinery will have a negative impact on the agricultural machinery sales industry. At the core of concerns raised by FIMDA is that the ACCC is focusing on transactions that are primarily business to business, rather than business to consumer.
Passenger Transport Reforms (May)
The South Australian Government has announced that it will begin work to enable broader reforms of the point to point passenger transport industry, with the aim of creating a level playing field for all industry participants. The MTA provided feedback on questions regarding passenger transport regulation, customer access, safety outcomes, innovation and environmental considerations.
COVID-19 Industry Response and Recovery Council – Member Survey (May)
Between Friday 17 April and Wednesday 22 April 2020, the MTA reached out to survey 100 members across each of its 12 divisions, receiving a total of 97 responses. Members were surveyed about a range of topics including the impacts of COVID-19 to trade and staff, the assistance offered by Governments, as well as what the future may hold. The MTA provided a summary of the findings and recommendations for Government support of the automotive industry for the consideration of the Premier’s COVID-19 Industry Response and Recovery Council.
COVID-19 Business and Jobs Support Fund & Community and Jobs Support Fund Submissions (April/May)
On 26 March 2020, the South Australian Government announced a $650 million Jobs Rescue Package, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it significant impact on local businesses, jobs and community organisations. In particular, two funds were established: the Business and Jobs Support Fund; and the Community and Jobs Support Fund. The priority of the funds are to ensure the ongoing survival of entities and minimising job losses due to the impacts of COVID-19. The MTA made several submissions on behalf of the automotive industry as follows:
- Business Relief – Taxation, Fees and Charges - MTA members can access the full submission here
- Automotive Industry Stimulus Package - MTA members can access the full submission here
- Bus and Coach Industry - MTA members can access the full submission here
- GTO Automotive Apprentice Retention Program - MTA members can access the full submission here
- Auto-Assist Package Submission - MTA members can access the full submission here
- EPA Levy and Fee Relief - MTA members can access the full submission here
Road Safety Summit (April)
The MTA provided a submission to the Labor Leader’s Road Safety Summit proposing the introduction of mandatory vehicle inspections at change of ownership in South Australia, accompanied by State Government reimbursement of inspection fees for the first 12 months.
Migration Advisory Council – Commonwealth Visa Arrangements (April)
As a member of the SA Migration Advisory Council the MTA provided feedback on changes announced to temporary visa holder arrangements, designed to protect the health and livelihoods of Australians, support critical industries, and assist with rapid recovery post COVID-19.
Automotive franchising draft regulations 2020 (March)
The MTA provided input into the MTAA’s Submission on the implementation of automotive franchising specific sections into the Franchising Code of Conduct.
Northern Territory 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission (March)
The MTA submitted suggested priorities for consideration in the preparation of the NT 2020-21 Budget. The MTA made recommendations in relation to Training and Skills, Funding Incentives and Programs, Minimising the impact of Territory taxes on the cost of living, and Reducing the cost of motorcycle related fees. (Confidential Submission)
Holden Senate Inquiry (March)
The MTA provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry regarding the decision by General Motors to withdraw the Holden brand and its operations from Australia. The MTA views the Inquiry as being essential to set the benchmark for other automotive manufacturers who may consider an exit from Australia, to rationalise their networks or changes to their distribution models. The Inquiry will also be an opportunity for the Senate to look at the broader context of the Franchising Code.
Operation of Heavy Tow Trucks in SA – Policy Review (January)
The draft policy issued by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) seeks to more closely align South Australia with other jurisdictions, including revised mass and dimension limits for laden towing to assist with the safe, efficient and timely removal of damaged or disabled heavy vehicles from the road network. The MTA’s submission highlighted member’s ongoing concerns regarding permit requirements in emergency situations.
Commissioned Report on Fuel Pricing (January)
The South Australian Government has asked the Australian Productivity Commission to investigate and report on potential models that would increase the transparency of fuel prices in South Australia, enabling consumers to access information that would “enable them to take advantage of the cheapest prices”. The MTA’s submission noted that there is a lack of evidence to demonstrate that mandatory reporting of fuel prices lowers prices or benefits consumers, as well as reflecting member concerns around enforcement and regional considerations.
National Transport Regulatory Reform – Productivity Commission Draft Report (2020)
The Productivity Commission sought stakeholder feedback on the implementation of the national transport regulation reforms and the scope for future reform to national transport regulation. The MTA’s submission noted that with harmonisation now largely achieved, the next opportunities for reform will be different, and should include new more flexible approaches to safety regulation, policy changes in critical areas such as infrastructure provision and funding, and using emerging technologies to lift both safety and productivity.
Review of South Australian Designated Area Migration Agreements (2020)
The South Australian Government provided an opportunity for interested businesses, industry association and other stakeholders to have their say on the state’s Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) and how they are working. The MTA provided feedback on the occupations members would like to see covered under a DAMA, as well as barriers faced by members in utilising DAMAs to address skills shortages.
MTA Submissions 2019
Skills and Workforce Development Agreement (December)
The MTA provided input into the Australian Government Productivity Commission’s review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD). The NASWD sets out goals for skills attainment by Australians through the vocational education and training (VET) system and commitments to reforms to ensure that the system is accessible, produces high quality services and operates efficiently.
Franchising Taskforce – Franchising sector reforms Draft RIS (December)
The MTA provided input into the MTAA’s submission response, providing feedback on specific matters relating to automotive sector franchising.
Federal Government 2020-21 Pre-Budget Submission (December)
The MTA responded to the Australian Government’s invitation to submit suggested priorities for consideration in the preparation of the 2020-21 Federal Budget. The MTA made recommendations in relation to Training and Skills, Funding Incentives and Programs, Skilling Australians Fund Levy, End of Life Vehicles Policy, Luxury Car Tax & Vehicle Tariffs, Instant Asset Write-off, Regulatory Reform, Energy Affordability, Telecommunications and Infrastructure.
Confidential full submission.
Co-designing the National Skills Commission (November)
The MTA provided feedback in response to key questions raised regarding the co-design of the National Skills Commission (NSC). The NSC will provide national leadership for the VET system, and will oversee the Australian Government’s investment in VET and drive long-term improvements to the VET system.
Product Intervention: The sale of add-on financial products through caryard intermediaries (November)
The MTA Submission provided feedback on ASIC’s proposed introduction of a deferred sales model for add-on financial products sold with a new or used vehicle. The MTA’s consultation with industry revealed that members have no issue with the concept of intervention in cases of unquestionable consumer detriment. However, members are opposed to the suggestion that there should be no opt out option for consumers. Our members are of the view that consumers who are already educated on insurance products, who know what they want, particularly if they have had a certain product before, should not be disadvantaged. Our members have advised that they are willing to work with law makers to develop an effective and workable opt out option.
Preparing the Northern Territory for Electric Vehicles
The MTA submission highlighted
to the Northern Territory Government issues raised my members regarding
electric vehicles, including lack of information, infrastructure, skills and
training, safety concerns, business costs and geographical considerations. The
submission noted that the government will need to give careful consideration to
the costs and benefits of implementing an EV policy in the Northern Territory,
especially during the transition period.
Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019
This submission highlights the concerns of automotive businesses in South Australia in relation to the controversial five year program of state-wide property revaluations and aggregation of properties in seperate trusts and subsidiary companies over many years.
Heavy Vehicle National Law Review (June – October)
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has gone back to basics to review the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The HVNL Review aims to result in a performance-based and outcomes-focused regulation that will: improve safety for all road users; support increased economic productivity and innovation; simplify administration and enforcement of the law; support the use of new technologies and methods of operation; and provide flexible, outcome-focused compliance options.
MTA members can view our submission responses in respect of seven issues papers, across 2019, here:
- Risk-based heavy vehicle regulation
- Effective fatigue management
- Easy access to suitable routes
- Safe people and safe practices
- Vehicle standards and safety
- Assurance models
- Effective enforcement
Review of Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List (September)
The MTA provided input into the review of the methodology by which occupations in skills needs are identified and prioritised for the purpose of targeting apprenticeships incentives and payments.
Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas (September)
The submission outlined the MTA’s belief that vocational education and training (VET) providers are well placed to guide the transition into new industries and employment through their wealth of experience in reskilling and retraining programs, and their ability to develop flexible, industry specific, training options.
Cross Sector Environmental Skills Project (September)
The MTA provided feedback on proposed changes to training package units of competency to reflect current and emerging practices in environmental sustainability across multiple industries. The MTA noted its concern that any move to generic environmental and sustainability training units that can be adopted across multiple training packages will fail to meet industry specific training requirements.
Inquiry into the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry in South Australia (September)
The MTA provided a submission to the Economic and Finance Committee and appeared at a public hearing, taking a stand on behalf of Collision Repairers and asking for a fair and functional relationship between all parties. The MTA asked the Committee to protect fairness and business confidence in South Australia by mandating and tightening the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code of Conduct, as well as protecting consumers from the possible decline of choice, quality and safety of repairs.
Accident Tow Rate Charge Review 2019 (August)
Every year the Accident Towing Rate is reviewed for concerns raised by operators including higher than inflation increases in insurance premiums and stagnant storage charges.
Electric Vehicle Strategy (August)
The MTA submission recommended that the State Government bring stakeholders from the EV industry and automotive industry together as the first step in developing an industry plan for the adoption and deployment of Next Generation Vehicles. Our consultation sought input from automotive businesses of varying sizes and types, from regional and metropolitan locations, the VET sector, and consumers. This approach sought to produce a balanced policy position for consideration by Government.
VET in Schools (July)
The Minister for Education released a VET Issues Paper: Vocational Pathways to Employment. A review of VET for School Students, seeking stakeholder feedback to contribute to the development of a VET for Schools Policy. The MTA provided feedback on the key challenges identified, and the questions raised, in the issues paper.
National Transport Regulatory Reform (July)
The MTA’s submission considered that: the Heavy Vehicle National Law’s (HVNL) objective, as stipulated by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), has not been met; this is due to the design of the HVNL, rather than the failing of the regulator; and the legislative review of the HVNL being undertaken by the National Transport Commission (NTC) is likely to respond to many of industry’s concerns.
Training and Skills Development Act Review (June)
The MTA maintains its position that the training and skills systems should focus on employment, and that this is best achieved through enhanced integration and cooperation between schools, industry based RTO’s, employers including GTOs, TAFE and industry.
SA Skilled Migration Program (June)
The MTA has made recommendations which seek to maintain the position of all currently listed automotive trades on the State Nominated Occupations List, and to include automotive parts interpreter, transmission specialist and tyre fitter on the list, understanding ANZSCO recognition is required for this to occur.
Enforceability of Financial Services Industry Code (April)
The MTA believes that Industry Codes of Conduct play an important role in building consumers trust and confidence in the operation of complex markets, particularly where prescribed dispute resolution procedures can demonstrate effective regulation and enforcement of code provisions. The MTA recommended that industry codes should only be voluntary by exception, and that the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct specifically be made mandatory as a matter of urgency.
Australian Qualifications Framework Review (March)
The MTA is supportive of both having a national qualification framework as well as its timely review. The MTA supports the extension of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to accommodate more qualifications. However, our consultation also identified the need for a greater emphasis on industry collaboration in regards to the development and currency of training packages to ensure they remain relevant to the modern automotive industry.
Creating a Modern Industry Policy for South Australia (March)
The MTA’s submission highlighted that the automotive industry continues to be a major driver of economic activity and employment both in South Australia and nationally, and is also at the forefront of innovative products and processes which are enhancing the consumer experience every day.
Automotive Franchising Code (February)
The MTA supports regulatory intervention in the form of a mandated and prescribed Automotive Code of Conduct, including deterrent financial penalties for non-compliance, to provide a fair and balanced relationship between New Car Franchised dealers and Vehicle Manufacturers.
Vocational Education and Training Review (February)
The MTA submission noted that the effectiveness of the Federal Government’s investment in VET can only be determined if the objectives of the VET system are clear and reporting measures reflect those objectives. The MTA considered that the current purpose of the VET system is unclear, leading to confusion amongst stakeholders as to their place in the system and how to manage their participation within it.
MTA Submissions 2018
Supported School Transport and the NDIS (July)
Ensuring that children with special needs receive the optimum level of supported services is a key concern of the MTA and the wider transport sector in relation to school transport. The MTA’s submission response seeks to address the concerns expressed by our members for the welfare and wellbeing of NDIS participants, their families and caregivers.
National Transport Commission Fatigue Management (July)
In response to the issues raised in the National Transport Commission (NTC) discussion paper, the MTA made 11 recommendations that seek to provide a practical, industry led response to the matters raised. The MTA considers that a single federal approach across all states would simplify and clarify fatigue management requirements for all stakeholders.
Accident Tow Rate Charge Review 2018 (June)
Every year the Accident Towing Rate is reviewed for concerns raised by operators including the impact of insurance costs and the stagnation of storage charges.
Quad Bike Safety (May)
The MTA supports increased efforts at the point of sale to further educate consumers on the correct operation of quad bikes and the critical importance of abiding by the specifications set by the manufacturers to reduce injuries and fatalities. However, the MTA does not believe that the evidence supplied supports a definitive conclusion that Australian specific regulations mandating the fitment of Roll Over Protection Systems (ROPS) and Crush Protection Devices (CPD) would result in a material change in the number of injuries and fatalities associated with the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s).
Financial Services Royal Commission (April)
The MTA has previously made a number of submissions on behalf of its members to the ASIC review of the car finance market to highlight the important benefits consumers can derive from dealer financing arrangements. The MTA recommended that the Royal Commission recognise the lengthy review process undertaken by ASIC, which involved all stakeholders, and defer to the reform package proposed by ASIC.
South Australian Skills in Demand (April)
The MTA recommended 12 occupations which are currently experiencing skills shortages for inclusion in the State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) to address the current skills shortage in South Australia. It was also recommended that transmission specialists, who are not captured by the current environment scans, be included in the SNOL as well. The MTA also submitted that skilled migrant workers should be assessed through industry bodies with training capacity to ensure they meet Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) standards of competency in their given fields and do not displace competent skilled Australian labour from the workforce.
Better Fuel for Cleaner Air (March)
The MTA’s submission noted that improving fuel quality standards is broadly accepted in principle as a desirable outcome by the automotive industry. The submission recognised the need to balance the inevitable regulatory and transitional burdens associated with increasing fuel quality standards, while minimising the downstream cost effects on fuel retailers and fuel consumers in a responsible way.
Graduated Licensing System for Motorcyclists in SA (February)
The MTA considers that the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) reform package proposed by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) has substantial merit. The reforms proposed will make significant improvements in rider knowledge and confidence, and in the operation and understanding of motorcycles in on-road environments. This will result in better safety outcomes for riders and other road users. However, the MTA does not support the proposal to lift the motorcycle licence age from its current levels, as it is incongruent with the overall package of reforms and there is a lack of evidence as to its efficacy in other jurisdictions.
Review of the Return to Work Act 2014 (January)
The MTA’s submission proposed amendments to the Return to Work Act in response to issues that have emerged during the operation of the new Act, and as a result of findings of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET). The proposed amendments sought to maximise an employee’s ability to return to work safely without imposing unproductive costs on employers.
Small business tax concessions
The submission focused on automotive businesses views on keeping the instant asset write off, abolishing payroll tax and reducing the burden of collecting and reporting taxation on behalf of the government. The MTA also highlighted the need for extra tax breaks for businesses starting up or going through growth phases.
NHVR Master Industry Code of Conduct
Members have reiterated that more clarity is needed around the NHVR Master Industry Code of Conduct in relation to changes in Chain of Responsibility obligations. In particular, our submission highlights the need to fight to make sure that drivers and mechanics are properly protected from the misconduct of others, as well as the need to ensure that roadside inspectors have the appropriate qualifications and experience to do their job.
Light and Heavy Vehicle Standards Review
We continue to pursue the introduction of a federally administered light vehicle inspection scheme that ensures safety on our roads and consistency with Australian Design Rules. We are also fighting to ensure that tyre ages are included in an inspection scheme.
Clarification , simplification and modernisation of the consumer guarantee framework (2018)
The MTA has surveyed its entire membership to assist in developing an appropriate response to the Regulatory Impact Statement.
Road Vehicle Standards Bill Submission 2017 (2018)
The MTA’s submission makes eight recommendations and requests clarification on a further eight issues following consultation with our members.
MTA Submissions 2017
State Budget Submission (2017)
Our submission seeks to achieve progress towards the Premier’s vision by prioritising:
- Enhancing business cash flows to increase sustainability and enable enterprise expansion.
- Increasing workforce productivity and employment outcomes through improved training structures and greater assistance for training providers.
- Reducing business costs such as electricity and overheads.
- Increasing access to government funding pools to assist in innovation and transformation.
State Nominated Skills Occupation List (2017)
The South Australian economy is facing a current and growing skills shortage.
The automotive sector, notwithstanding the end of automotive manufacturing, continues to be a significant employer in South Australia, with over 28,000 people employed in the automotive trades we support.
Accident Towing Charges (2017)
Every year the Accident Towing Rate is reviewed for concerns raised by operators including the impact of insurance costs and the stagnation of storage charges.
Interim Guidelines on Misuse of Market Power Concerted Practices (2017)
The MTA supports the introduction of the misuse of market power provisions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
The intent of the ‘effects test’ is to give the ACCC greater scope to successfully investigate and prosecute businesses engaging in the misuse of market power by allowing for the effect of any conduct to be considered as grounds for a breach, rather than only considering the purpose of that conduct.
Quad Bike Safety (2017)
There have been a number of injuries and deaths associated with the use of Quadbikes.
The MTA has considered the data presented in the issues paper and has undertaken extensive consultation with its dealership members in order to provide the ACCC with an appropriate response to the issues raised in their paper.
The evidence supplied in the paper does not support a definitive conclusion that Australian specific regulations mandating the fitment of Roll Over Protection Systems and Crush Protection Devices would result in a material change in the number of injuries and fatalities associated with the use of all-terrain vehicles.
Review of CBS Compliance and Enforcement Policy (2017)
The Australian Consumer Law and Second Hand Vehicle Dealers Act seminars, developed jointly by MTA and CBS, have been positively received by industry and have greatly assisted in informing dealers of their rights and obligations in relation to consumers. The MTA recommends that this program of engagement and education continue into the future.
The MTA considers that there is considerable scope to expand enforcement actions to include those businesses, including auto recyclers and mechanics, who do not meet environmental standards as prescribed by law.
The MTA considers enforcement action would be enhanced by increased awareness of the reporting mechanism on the CBS website, with subsequent enforcement action acting as a deterrent to others in the industry.
Non-compliant businesses pose a consumer detriment and substantially harm their respective industries.
Vehicle Inspections Position Statement
The MTA supports mandatory vehicle inspections to reduce the incidence of vehicle related fatalities on our roads.
The absence of a robust system to identify ‘at risk’ vehicles, encourage regular maintenance and servicing and to reduce the number of aged vehicles on South Australian roads has hidden the risk of un-roadworthy vehicles.
The Work Health and Safety (Notification of Next of Kin) Amendment Bill 2017 (2017)
While the MTA supports the objective of the Bill to ensure next of kin are notified in the event of an incident, we cannot support the proposed amendments of the Bill. Further, it should be reiterated that the proper responsibility for notifying next of kin should remain with trained emergency personnel.
Road Traffic Act Regulations for NA Category (Two Wheel Drive) Vehicles (2017)
The MTA recommends amending the regulations to include this provision from the National Code of Practice:
"Off-Road and Goods Vehicle Wheel Track.
The wheel track of off-road four wheel drive vehicles and goods vehicles (MC, NA, NB ADR category) must not be increased by more than 50mm beyond the maximum specified by the vehicle manufacturer for the particular model. If a solid axle from another manufacturer is used, the wheel track may be increased by 50mm beyond the maximum specified by the vehicle manufacturer for that particular axle, provided all other requirements such as clearances and the tyres do not protrude outside of the vehicle bodywork."
Bus and Coach Accreditation and Regional Contract Matters (2017)
The MTA wishes to reiterate the concerns our members have expressed about being excluded from government procurement processes and the lack of transparent communication to the whole industry.
MTA Submissions 2016
Competition Policy Review Legislation 2016 (2016)
The MTA considers the introduction of an ‘effects test’ into s46 of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (ACC) a step forward in regulating competition practices in Australia.
The drafting of the proposed amendments accords with the MTA’s recommendation to the consultation panel which considered the ‘Options for Strengthening the Misuse of Market Power Provisions’ in the ACC.
ASIC Actions Relating to Dealer Finance (2016)
The MTA does not support ASIC's contention that the current dealer finance model is inherently unfair, presents a systematic conflict of interest or poses systematic risk to the dealer finance market resulting in consumer harm.
ACCC Market Study in New Car Retailing (2016)
An ultra-competitive market already exists in new car retailing, as it does across the retail, service and repair sectors, and any moves to further slice margins will affect employment and business viability in the sector, undermining the competition remit afforded to the ACCC and lead to greater consumer detriment.
ACL Interim Report Feedback Submission (2016)
The MTA’s submission focuses on five key areas discussed in the report that most impact on our membership and the ACCC has sought further advice on.
- The Consumer Guarantee Threshold;
- Small Business Considerations;
- Lemon Laws;
- Product Safety; and
- Manufacturer’s Warranties
MTA Submissions 2014
Review of the Return to Work Act 2014 Submission (2014)
The MTA believes that this review does provide an opportunity to refine those elements of the scheme that:
- Are likely to pose significant funding threats to the scheme due to issues of interpretation by the courts.
- Do not operate in a manner that best supports the scheme’s primary objective of returning injured workers to meaningful and sustainable work as efficiently and safely as possible.
- May impact the scheme’s ability to return injured workers to meaningful and sustainable work as efficiently and safely as possible.