The Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW), an Employers Association representing thousands of automotive businesses in NSW, calls upon the next Federal Government to address the estimated 10,000 plus short fall in NSW for qualified automotive technicians and specialists, and to properly plan for the technology, qualifications and jobs that will be required to service a rapidly changing national fleet of over 6.6 million vehicles in NSW.
MTA NSW supports the work done by our national body, the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), and has released its own Federal Election policy imperatives for NSW paper entitled ‘Keeping Australia Moving’ which highlights the priorities of: Policy and Regulatory Reform, Industry Skills Shortage and Training, Automotive Business Environment and Infrastructure.
MTA NSW calls on the next Federal Government to engage in a better automotive industry partnership to develop a sector plan, an automotive sector blueprint, to address current skills shortages and a range of other matters impacting the sector, the industries within it and consumers.
“MTA NSW and the other State and Territory Association Members have warned for years that an industry-specific strategy for automotive Vocational Education and Training (VET) that attracts, retains and mentors new entrants, apprentices and trainees to the automotive sector is desperately needed,” said MTA NSW CEO, Stavros Yallouridis. “The current shortage of over 10,000 qualified technicians within NSW, accounting for 34 percent of the national shortage, is causing delays for consumers and increased workplace stress for many automotive small businesses as increasing workloads impact on the sustainability of the workforce.”
Imperatives for the NSW automotive industry include:
- Develop an automotive blueprint to assist in seizing opportunities in global mobility innovation.
- Support the ACCC’s scheme to mandate access to repair information.
- Call for a detailed market study be undertaken into the effect of vertical and horizontal integration by insurers of smash repair businesses.
- Support the proper provision of training to trades-based apprentices and trainees to ensure the nation has a skilled workforce to meet future demands.
- Restore Federal Government funding to conduct industry specific approved WHS training.
- Abolish the Luxury Car Tax or, at the very minimum, the threshold should reflect a revised level of $125,000.
The MTA NSW Automotive Industry Policy Paper is available at: Keeping Australia Moving.