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6 AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET MAGAZINE MARCH 2013
The 1700 independent aftermarket
businesses, many which are family-owned,
that make up the AAAA has until now been
one of Australia's best kept automotive
The news that those companies
collectively turn over $11 billion a year,
export $800 million worth of leading edge
product and give 30,000 Australians a job is
now being told directly to Federal Parliament
Executive Director Stuart Charity said the
AAAA was facilitating meetings between
groups of aftermarket businesses and Federal
MPs across the nation to tell their story in
"The motor vehicle is critical in providing
mobility in Australia and therefore the
automotive aftermarket is strategically
important as it provides Australian car owners
with competition, choice, convenience and
proximity and helps keep the cost of car
ownership down as well as making a strong
contribution to GDP, employment and
exports," he said.
To maximise information exchange, the
electorate meetings feature a tour of the host
AAAA member's facility, a presentation on the
industry, a response by the local MP and an
open discussion involving businesses from
the local electorate.
Meetings are being held in both regional
and metropolitan areas.
To date, meetings have been held with
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and
Transport, Catherine King, in northern
Victoria's Ballarat electorate on 30 January
30 at Albins Off Road Gear in Delacombe and
Member for Moreton Graham Perrett in south
east Queensland on February 20 at Kmart
Tyre & Auto in Sunnybank, Brisbane.
Attorney General, Minister for Emergency
Management and Member for Isaacs, Mark
Dreyfus, met at Pedders Suspension in
Dandenong in Melbourne's eastern suburbs
on February 15 and Page electorate Member
Janelle Saffin was at Autobarn in Lismore,
NSW on February 21.
Meetings were also scheduled with the
Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury in Penrith,
Sydney on February 27 and Minister for Trade
and Competitiveness Craig Emerson in Slacks
Creek, Brisbane on March 6.
While auto aftermarket businesses make
an important contribution to the community,
the industry is little understood.
"These meetings are part of a wider
campaign we are rolling out over the coming
months and years to increase the awareness
and recognition of the critical role that the
automotive aftermarket plays in the Australian
economy," Mr Charity said.
"The automotive industry is far, far bigger
than just the car companies and as a result
we believe strongly that Government policy
and programs designed to support the
automotive industry in Australia should not
be focused solely on the needs of the car
"We want Parliamentarians to be aware of
the contribution auto aftermarket businesses
make to their local community as well as
some of the challenges our industry is facing.
"Today, family cars are complex computers
on wheels and it takes a great deal of skill and
information to keep them safely on the road."
Mr Charity noted that over 25 years, the
Commodore went from having 10 fault codes
in its basic computer and a 1200-page
workshop manual to 709 fault codes, a
19,400 page workshop manual and a dozen
"We are only now seeing the tip of the
iceberg with a raft of new technology in
development which will need to be
maintained for the life of the vehicle," he
"To add to the complexity, in Australia we
have 62 brands and 320 models on offer for
total sales of just over one million vehicles a
"In the USA they sell 17 million vehicles,
but only have 32 brands, making our car parc
one of the most diverse in the world for its
"Our members want a 'seat at the table'
when issues impacting their livelihoods are
debated, whether it is new licensing
arrangements, vehicle and product standards,
or business and export development support
Mr Charity said key issues that impact
AAAA members and their customers include
the need to ensure that independent
aftermarket businesses have equitable and
practical access to the vehicle manufacturer
controlled technical and diagnostic
information required to repair and maintain
today's technologically advanced vehicles.
The need for public education about
consumers' choices in relation to parts and
servicing without impacting vehicle
warranties was another key issue along with a
campaign to highlight the importance of
regularly servicing modern vehicles to keep
them safe and to reduce emissions.
For example, unlike many other countries,
there are no requirements in Australia for
testing the emission compliance of vehicles.
Mr Charity said of the 26,000 premises
that provide vehicle maintenance, repair and
service in Australia, less than 10 percent of
them were vehicle dealerships.
"The independent automotive aftermarket
is a significant national asset built largely by
family businesses over the past 100 years,"
"These service and repair businesses, and
the Australian companies that manufacture
and supply parts and accessories to them,
play a major role in keeping the nation's 16
million vehicles on the road.
"In regional areas where dealerships are
few and far between, the independent outlets
are a critical part of the local infrastructure.
"The community relies on these
aftermarket businesses to keep it mobile.
The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is on the campaign trail
telling its story to members of Federal Parliament across the nation.
AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET ON THE
CAMPAIGN TRAIL MEETING FEDERAL MPS
Federal Member for Ballarat Catherine King attended the
AAAA's first regional 'meet the local MPs' session at high
performance transmission components manufacturer Albins
Off Road Gear with 10 AAAA member company representatives
including Albins Managing Director Steven Nicholson (left).
Attorney General Mark Dreyfus (left) in discussion with AAAA
members from his Isaacs electorate at Pedders Suspension in
Dandenong, near Melbourne. Family owned, Pedders now
operates 120 stores across Australia and exports suspension
and other components to 22 countries.
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