VACC is the voice of the Victorian automotive industry.
Victoria’s rapidly growing retail automotive industry, by 1918, saw 15,150 vehicles and 27,424 licensed drivers in the state.
It was during this turbulent time that two car-dealer brothers, Henry and Percy Rickards realised that larger international counterparts could force smaller, local companies out of the marketplace. The brothers called together a group of garage owners to meet at the Bendigo Chamber of Commerce rooms on 20 September 1918 and decided to register a new industry association: the Retail Motor Dealers’ Association of Victoria.
Present day issues such as industrial disputes and skilled labour shortages were occurring as far back as 1918. To rectify these complaints the association introduced a number of committees: the foundation of VACC’s current operation.
Soon there were calls to increase the scope of the association to cover allied trades and on 14 April 1920 the association was renamed the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC).
VACC purchased real estate on St Kilda Road in 1956, becoming the first motor industry association in the southern hemisphere to own freehold property. On 4 September 1958, accompanied by an eight-page newspaper supplement and car cavalcade, Victorian Premier Henry Bolte officially opened VACC House.
Today VACC provides key business support services for over 5,000 members; deals with member, consumer and industry issues; develops and publishes automotive industry research; advocates on behalf of members to governments and other agencies; produces communications assisting members on various topics; and promotes automotive industry skills, training and careers.
About VACC members
Bolstered by the professional support services that VACC provides, VACC members are the experts in their field, employing more than 50,000 Victorians.
VACC member businesses keep Victoria moving by conducting key services in the automotive repair, service and retail sectors, such as:
• car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle and truck sales
• farm and industrial machinery sales
• mechanical servicing and repairs
• crash repairs
• dismantling and recycling
• accident towing
• fuel sales
• tyres sales and fitting
• automotive glass repairs and replacement
• radiator servicing and repairs
• engine reconditioning
• truck and commercial vehicle body making
• vehicle rentals
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