The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) provides crucial business support and advice to 5,000 automotive businesses across Victoria. VACC members gain access to:
- Human Resources (HR) and Industrial Relations (IR) tools and advice
- Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) tools and advice
- Information and support from qualified technicians
- Technical repair information and service data
- Workplace lawyers and advice on workplace relations practices
- Apprentice mentors
- Environmental procedures
- Dedicated Area Managers
- Research and insights
- Exclusive business deals with key corporate partners
VACC members effectively gain access to a team of professionals saving them time and money and potentially providing them with risk mitigating advice. That’s the difference a VACC membership makes.
Bringing business to your door
VACC is a brand trusted by Australian consumers and our members belong to a professional association which has supported automotive businesses for 100 years.
The famous orange VACC sign, the mark of the automotive professional, is promoted to motorists through advertising, media initiatives, marketing and sponsorships. As a member, you are entitled to display the VACC brand on your business premises, leveraging a known and trusted name that generates consumer confidence.
Getting the technical edge on your competition
There are over 60 manufacturers currently selling vehicles into Australia, and thousands more different models already on the road. That’s a lot for you to know. As a member you will have access to VACC’s extensive technical information resource, the largest automotive service and repair library in the Southern hemisphere manned by a call centre of experienced technicians.
You’ll also have access to more service and repair information through Tech Online, Tech Estimate and the highly regarded Times Guide, allowing you to repair and service more makes and models than your competition.
Members also receive the highly regarded Tech Talk magazine.
VACC Technical Services is the trusted choice of automotive trade professionals Australia wide via the OurAuto brand and is a major data supplier to some of Australia’s largest service networks.
Making employment less stressful
Workplaces can be a minefield. With employment contracts, disciplinary and termination procedures, WorkCover claims or unfair dismissals it can be difficult for you to know the best course to take, and expensive if you get it wrong. You will have access to expert industrial relations advice and information, and representation from industry experts. Up-to-date wage rates, superannuation tables, employee handbooks and fact sheets are all available to members online. Best of all, this support is all automotive industry-specific, and exists to benefit you as a member, not the bottom line of a law firm.
Keeping you ahead of the game
Be on top of the latest industry trends. VACC’s Research department regularly publishes information and insights that directly benefit you and help shape government policy. You will be the first to benefit from this key knowledge with information channels that are designed to suit you: Australian Automotive (Australia's premier motor industry and business news magazine), Tech Talk (a monthly technical news and repair information journal), Update (an industrial relations newsletter for motor industry employers), and VACC News (a monthly, member-only newsletter), along with VACC’s numerous websites and social media platforms.
Taking the hassle out of recruitment
Hiring an apprentice is a great step for your business to take. But there can be a lot of paperwork and hassle. Having the automotive apprentice experts on hand saves time and is great insurance. VACC Auto Apprenticeships recruits only high performing applicants and trade qualified mentors provide regular monitoring visits, keeping track of schooling and apprenticeship progression, making it easier for you to get on with your job. The Apprenticeships Helpline covers all apprenticeship-related matters, while access to the Immigration Department's VEVO Visa Checking website allows online verification of visa work rights. There’s also a VACC JobFinder portal available for all your job vacancies.
Keeping you safe, not sorry
VACC’s OHSE unit can help you run a better business, while keeping on the right side of the law when it comes to all-important health, safety and environmental work practices. Professional OHSE personnel are available to provide you with assistance, information and representation on health and safety obligations (state and national law), workers compensation, environmental obligations and sustainability practices. VACC has developed industry-specific products, policies, procedures, guidance and templates to support your business. Members can access consultancy services and workplace inspections from qualified VACC OHSE professionals.
You can shape the future
Should you choose, you might like to take an active part in a VACC Divisional Committee representing your industry sector. This way you can help set the policy agenda and drive positive change for the automotive industry. It’s also a great way to network and stay on top of the latest trends.
There’s strength in numbers
Taking its direction from member-led Divisional Committees, VACC lobbies state and federal governments for the betterment of the industry. Belonging to a powerful group of 5,000 industry professionals, under the recognised and respected VACC brand, will empower you to change your sector for the better.
And it just paid for itself
VACC membership can save you money. VACC has negotiated cost saving business deals to help your bottom line, including banking, office supplies, courier services and site cleanup. Taking advantage of these carefully selected offers from trusted partners could easily pay for your VACC membership.
Don't just take our word for it. Check out Cathy and Jillian from Braeside Automotive as they explain their close association with VACC below: