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The Australian Automotive Aftermarket
Association (AAAA) launched the Choice of
Repairer campaign on behalf of the
independent aftermarket in 2009 to protect
choice and competition in the vehicle repair,
service and replacement parts sector.
Mr Bradbury launched the Commonwealth
Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC)
Inquiry into the sharing of repair information
in the automotive industry following the
AAAA's approach to him in 2010.
Mr Bradbury told AAAA members present
at the meeting held late February that his
Government was watching developments
overseas closely where regulations or
agreements are already in place to ensure that
Australia is not left behind or putting the
aftermarket industry at a competitive
He noted there was a great deal of
inefficiency and duplicated effort when
independent repairers have to continually
search for information, which is often sourced
using overseas websites.
The Assistant Treasurer highlighted the
importance of independent repairers having
practical access to information required to
service and maintain vehicles, noting it was
particularly important in regional areas where
there was usually a limited dealership
The independent aftermarket repair and
service sector has a geographic footprint 10
times larger than that of the franchise
dealerships of the car companies in Australia.
From the CCAAC perspective, Mr Bradbury
advised the AAAA members present that there
was strong consumer interest in maintaining
the current level of competition in the sector.
He told the meeting that while the vehicle
manufacturer's intellectual property must be
protected, IP protection was not a reason to
not go ahead with a voluntary code of practice
to share service information.
Penrith Kmart Tyre and Auto, which is
located in Mr Bradbury's western Sydney
electorate of Lindsay, hosted the AAAA
convened meeting which attracted more than
50 local AAAA members.
The meeting was one of many in the
process of taking place across the nation to
tell the automotive aftermarket industry story
directly to Federal Parliament members.
AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity,
said the local electorate meetings with Federal
MPs had been popular with members.
"However, this meeting was especially
important because Mr Bradbury launched the
CCAAC Inquiry following our approach to him
in 2010," Mr Charity said.
"Our members congratulate the Assistant
Treasurer for recognising the need for this
Inquiry and look forward to his formal
response to the CCAAC final report.
"Members also welcomed the opportunity
to present their case directly to Minister
Bradbury for equitable and practical access to
the vehicle manufacturer controlled technical
and diagnostic information required to repair
and maintain today's advanced vehicles."
Mr Charity said the aftermarket simply
wants the barriers to this information
"We are not asking for access to
intellectual property and the industry is
prepared to pay a fair price for the data," he
"The European Union has had a framework
in place since 2002 and in 2010 it was
renewed and strengthened; their Block
Exemption Regulation is now in place until
"In the USA, where voluntary data sharing
arrangements were put in place 10 years ago,
there is now a national move to introduce a
more powerful legislative framework following
the introduction of the Right to Repair Act in
Massachusetts in August 2012.
"The automotive industry is global and the
international vehicle makers that recently
agreed to the introduction of a Right to Repair
Act in Massachusetts are exactly the same
companies that, until Minister Bradbury
launched this Inquiry, claimed there were no
impediments to the access of critical service
information in Australia."
Next steps to protect consumer choice
Mr Charity said the CCAAC final report
recognised that limited availability of repair
information had the potential to reduce
competition within the automotive repair
industry, limiting consumer choice.
"Assistant Treasurer Bradbury indicated
that his formal response to the CCAAC issues
paper will be released in the coming weeks,"
Mr Charity said.
"The Minister expects that the response
will be led by industry with oversight by the
Department of Treasury and will include a
clear timetable and milestones.
"He advised the meeting that failure to
reach an acceptable agreement in the
timeframe set down would result in further
Government action on this issue."
Mr Charity said another topic discussed
with Mr Bradbury was the inaccurately held
belief by many car owners that they are
required to have their vehicle repaired by an
'authorised' repairer to ensure the
continuation of their manufacturer's warranty.
"The Minister indicated that he will raise
this issue at the July Consumer Affairs Forum
meeting with a view to encouraging all state
and territory consumer agencies to increase
their public education and awareness
programs to help overcome consumer
confusion in this area."
The CCAAC report can be read via the URL
PDF/issues_paper.pdf and the AAAA Choice of
Repairer website is
A critical meeting with Federal Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury has validated the
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association's Choice of Repairer campaign.
AAAA CHOICE OF REPAIR
CAMPAIGN MOVES FORWARD
AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity, Kmart Tyre and Auto
Service Managing Director John Sink, Assistant Treasurer
David Bradbury and Keith Richardson from Kmart Tyre and
Auto Service at the AAAA member meeting held in the
Minister's local electorate on February 27.
Federal Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury, addressed more
than 50 automotive aftermarket industry representatives from
his Lindsay electorate in Western Sydney last week.
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