VACC are responsible for the growth and sustainability of over 5000 automotive businesses across Victoria. As a part of VACC membership your business will have access to HR managers, workplace lawyers, apprentice mentors, OHS managers, technical experts and marketing professionals. Most businesses don’t have the capacity to employ these people independently.
VACC members belong to a professional association that provides access to technical repair and service information, trained automotive technicians, environmental and safety specialists, workplace-relations lawyers, skills and training, research and information, plus a visiting business development manager.
VACC membership provides you with a genuine edge, because non-members simply do not have this backing. That’s the difference VACC makes.
You get a lot for your membership and all for less than a coffee a day. Here are the highlights:
Bringing business to your door
The VACC brand is highly regarded in the Victorian community. The famous orange 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, a call centre and library staffed by experienced technicians, along with a comprehensive online resource, Tech Online, Times Guide and Tech Talk magazine, allowing you to repair and service more makes and models than your competition.
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. Morry Corvasce of LP Body Works in Box Hill explains the benefits of VACC membership below: