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Female apprentice makes her mark in Melbourne

Sunday, January 9, 2022
A new initiative aims to inspire more young women like Chloe to join the car industry A young female automotive apprentice is showing the blokes how its done – excelling during her first year on the job at a Melbourne dealership. Chloe McLennan, 23,...
 

Skill shortage to derail PM’s electric dreams

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Technician shortfall will undermine Morrison government’s ZLEV pledge, says VACC THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent pledge that Australian motorists will own and drive 1.7 million zero and low...
 

Industry says Australia not ready for EV boom

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
The pledge by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison that motorists will own and drive 1.7 million zero and low emissions vehicles (ZLEV) by 2030 has hit a speed bump according to the Victoria Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC). While the...
 

Industry says Australia isn’t ready for EV boom

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
The pledge by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison that motorists will own and drive 1.7 million zero and low emissions vehicles (ZLEV) by 2030 has hit a speed bump according to the Victoria Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC). While the...
 

IAG exec joins motor insurance and repair code committee

Monday, December 13, 2021
IAG Manager of Industry Risk and Governance George Manos has been appointed to the Code Administration Committee of the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry. At the same time, I-CAR Australia CEO Mark Czvitkovits has been elected Chair for a...
 

An extra 6000 EV mechanics will be needed by 2030

Monday, December 13, 2021
Electric vehicle owners could face long waits to have their cars serviced due to a predicted shortage of qualified mechanics, with new modelling showing Australia will need about 7300 EV technicians by 2030 to maintain the growing fleet. Modelling...
 

Changes to the Code Administration Committee representatives

Friday, December 10, 2021
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) have announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code Administration Committee (CAC). The ICA has advised the resignation of...
 

Changes to Code Administration Committee Representative

Thursday, December 9, 2021
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) today announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code Administration Committee (CAC). The ICA has advised the resignation o...
 

Changes to Code Administration Committee Representative

Thursday, December 9, 2021
The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) today announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code Administration Committee (CAC). The ICA has advised the resignation o...
 

Recommendations on track but one size does not fit all

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the automotive industry commends the Productivity Commissions ‘Right to Repair’ report but notes that consumers – and the businesses that serve them – require further consideration and protection...
 

VACC responds to AFCA Review

Thursday, December 2, 2021
The 2021 Review of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) was undertaken by the Government in response to a statutory requirement, which saw the Government receive 167 submissions. The review provided an opportunity for feedback on the...
 

VACC responds to AFCA review

Monday, November 29, 2021
The 2021 Review of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) was undertaken by the Federal Government, it received 167 submissions. The review provided an opportunity for feedback on the operation of AFCA since its establishment in November...
 

ATO aims at LCT scam

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tax office warns ‘rogue’ car traders as it moves to close luxury tax loophole THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is introducing new tax rules affecting the luxury car tax (LCT) which are designed to combat traders and individuals seeking to avoid...
 

VACC says tech investment is a good move

Friday, November 19, 2021
The Federal Government has announced a $1 billion technology fund as part of its mission to develop new low emissions technology, in a move welcomed by industry peak body, the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC). The Low Emissions...
 

Dealer bodies farewell Keating and welcome Blackhall

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
David Blackhall (right) has succeeded Terry Keating (left) as AADA board chair A former chief executive of the Australian Automotive Dealers Association (AADA) David Blackhall has been appointed chair of the board effective immediately at the industry...
 

VACC welcomes government low emission funding

Monday, November 15, 2021
The Low Emissions Technology Commercialisation Fund is part of the government’s overall plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC). welcomed the announcement on behalf of its 5000 members, the...
 

A global shortage of new cars is forcing more people to consider buying a second hand vehicle, but it’s proving a challenge. For more, 7NEWS spoke with Geoff Gwilym from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. https://t.co/5zYfOfohG3 #7NEWS https://t.co/gvYMZNktZZ

Thursday, November 11, 2021
A global shortage of new cars is forcing more people to consider buying a second hand vehicle, but it’s proving a challenge. For more, 7NEWS spoke with Geoff Gwilym from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. https://t.co/5zYfOfohG3 #7NEWS https://t.co/gvYMZNktZZ
 

Women in Automotive (WinA) and VACC announced the launch of a Victorian Government funded grant program, titled 'Accelerating women into automotive' to increase the number of women commencing apprenticeships in the automotive industry #automotiveindustry https://t.co/SIlmy7ip2M

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and VACC announced the launch of a Victorian Government funded grant program, titled 'Accelerating women into automotive' to increase the number of women commencing apprenticeships in the automotive industry #automotiveindustry https://t.co/SIlmy7ip2M
 

VACC welcomes $1 billion tech fund

Thursday, November 11, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the Federal Government’s announcement of a $1 billion technology fund as part of its mission to develop new low emissions technology is a positive step. The Low Emissions Technology...
 

Beaconsfield Automotive Services: local and reliable

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Geoff Hudson from Beaconsfield Automotive Services. 256813_06 With over 35 years of experience in the automotive and mechanical industry, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be in safe hands at Beaconsfield Automotive Services. Providing...
 

ASX-listed fintech Openpay hits 2.2 million active plans

Thursday, October 28, 2021
ASX-listed fintech Openpay hits 2.2 million active plans ‘Buy now. Pay smarter.' company, Openpay Group has released its quarterly business update for the period ended 30 September 2021 (Q1FY22). Openpay's CEO, Michael Eidel commented, “Through...
 

Carsales improves leads control

Saturday, October 23, 2021
VACC/VADA meetings lead to carsales.com.au introducing tool to control leads CONCERNS by dealers about the way carsales.com.au manages lead volumes has been taken onboard by Victoria’s peak industry body and resulted in a fix to give dealers more...
 

MOTORSPORT: Ricciardo reveals highs and lows of F1

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Our man Dan tells Rusty what's really gnawing at him – and it's not going from hero to zero after his Monza win Moving to McLaren has brought the best and the worst of Formula 1 for Aussie hero Daniel Ricciardo. Ricciardo admits he has struggled...
 

Interview Other God, would have given up at heart Really. And tha...

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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OEMs vs dealers over govt code call

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
OEMs and dealers argue as VACC wants motorcycle, agriculture and others on board AS EXPECTED, there were always going to be differences of opinion in the responses to calls by the federal government for further changes to the automotive franchising discussion paper.
 

"Podcasts are the way people absorb information on topics they like, and we all share a common interest in all things motoring." Shane Jacobson on kicking The Grille into gear for VACC Read More: https://t.co/kL5dafYNJL #AusMedia #AusNews #AusPods @ShaneJacobson @vaccofficial https://t.co/p3Mp8kiaDR

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
"Podcasts are the way people absorb information on topics they like, and we all share a common interest in all things motoring." Shane Jacobson on kicking The Grille into gear for VACC Read More: https://t.co/kL5dafYNJL #AusMedia #AusNews #AusPods @ShaneJacobson @vaccofficial https://t.co/p3Mp8kiaDR
 

Lockdowns driving business and personal stress

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
VACC research finds trade hit hard by COVID-19 with 92 per cent wanting JobKeeper returned WHILE car retailers are reaping unexpected profitability from the motor vehicle shortage, a Victorian survey of the players in the wider car trade beyond dealerships has painted a depressing picture regarding a lack of government support.
 

Lockdowns driving business and personal stress

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
While car retailers are reaping unexpected profitability from the motor vehicle shortage, a Victorian survey of the players in the wider car trade beyond dealerships has painted a depressing picture regarding a lack of government support. The survey, conducted by the firm, KiaVictorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce on its members, showed more could be done by governments to support the it headsindustry in crucial areas like the failure of landlords to provide tenancy relief.
 

New pilot aims to drive more women into industry

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
A new Victorian light vehicle pilot program aims to help get more women into apprenticeships in the automotive industry. Launched by Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC), Accelerating Women into Automotive...
 

Accelerating change in the Automotive sector

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has today announced the launch of a new State Government funded grant program, titled Accelerating Women into Automotive , in a joint effort to increase the number of...
 

Accelerating women into automotive

Monday, October 11, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) announced the launch of a Victorian Government funded grant program, titled 'Accelerating women into automotive', in a joint effort to increase the number of women...
 

Government Funded Programme Boosts Female Apprenticeship Uptake

Monday, October 11, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) have announced the launch of a new state government funded grant programme to increase the number of women commencing apprenticeships in the automotive industry. With...
 

Victorian program offers women pathway into transport

Friday, October 8, 2021
Light vehicle initiative has potential to foster heavy industry opportunities The state-funded grant aims to entice women into the automotive industry A Victorian program is seeking to address the automotive gender imbalance and wider industry skill...
 

WinA and VACC helps accelerate women into automotive

Friday, October 8, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) have announced the launch of a new State Government funded grant program, titled “ Accelerating Women into Automotive”, in a joint effort to increase the number of wome...
 

Accelerating Women into Automotive

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has today announced the launch of a new State Government funded grant program, titled Accelerating Women into Automotive, in a joint effort to increase the number of...
 

Vic government program offers women pathway into transport

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Women in Automotive (WinA) and the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has today announced the launch of a new State Government funded grant program, titled Accelerating Women into Automotive, in a joint effort to increase the number of...
 

Lockdowns driving business and personal stress

Sunday, September 26, 2021
VACC research finds trade hit hard by COVID with 92% wanting JobKeeper returned WHILE car retailers are reaping unexpected profitability from the motor vehicle shortage, a Victorian survey of the players in the wider car trade beyond dealerships has...
 

Unfair contract changes soon

Sunday, September 26, 2021
VACC says auto industry should review contracts and be aware of unfair contract terms AUSTRALIAN businesses are preparing for sweeping changes to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) designed to address perceived shortfalls in the existing codes of conduc...
 

Podcast Week: Shane Jacobson, Osher Günsberg, Chris Walker + more

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Compiled by Trent ThomasShane Jacobson on kicking The Grille into gear for VACC The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has teamed up with LiSTNR to launch its first branded podcast, The Grille, which brings together Greg Rust, Shane...
 

21-up for husband-and-wife team

Monday, September 20, 2021
In any endeavour in life, to reach a milestone of 21 years is quite an achievement, and in the case of Chris and Fiona Bourke of Complete Body Craft (CBC), who have built their business up into a highly regarded truck smash repair business over the las...
 

Industry predicts more than 7000 jobs lost

Monday, September 20, 2021
An automotive industry survey is predicting that more than 7523 full-time equivalent staff will be lost from July 1, 2019 to October 30, 2021 due to lockdowns and says it provides a snapshot of the level of support – or lack thereof – from current...
 

OEMs vs dealers over govt code call

Sunday, September 19, 2021
OEMs and dealers argue as VACC wants motorcycle, agriculture and others on board AS EXPECTED, there were always going to be differences of opinion in the responses expected from the calls by the federal government for further changes to the automotive...
 

ASX 200 ends higher despite RBA's bond tapering move

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Highlights The ASX 200 closed marginally higher on Tuesday despite the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced its plans to start reducing the bond buying. The ASX 200 closed 0.02% higher at 7,530.30 after rallying towards the close of the...
 

Closing Bell: ASX has a volatile day but closes a whisker higher

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
After falling as much as 0.5% in the morning trade the ASX ultimately closed higher than yesterday. The ASX 200 closed at 7,530 points – 0.02% higher than yesterday – while the ASX Emerging Companies Index closed 0.55% higher at 2,474. Resources...
 

Closing Bell: ASX has a volatile day but closes a whisker higher

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
News share After falling as much as 0.5% in the morning trade the ASX ultimately closed higher than yesterday. The ASX 200 closed at 7,530 points – 0.02% higher than yesterday – while the ASX Emerging Companies Index closed 0.55% higher at 2,474. ...
 

Openpay (ASX:OPY) drives new automotive deals

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
ASX:OPY MCAP $171.9M Openpay (OPY) has penned major partnership deals in the automotive world. The buy-now, pay-later (BNPL) company has teamed up with tyre tycoon, Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres Australia. The deal will see over 450 auto service and tyre...
 

New partnerships and UK Launch: Openpay (ASX:OPY) share price up

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Home » Today's ASX news » New partnerships and UK Launch: Openpay (ASX:OPY) share price up Jaz Harrison The Openpay Group Ltd ( ASX: OPY ) share price is rising up after it announced multiple new partnerships and launch in UK healthcare. Openpay new...
 

Openpay (ASX:OPY) share price rallies on major expansions

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
The Openpay Group Ltd (ASX: OPY) share price is rallying on Tuesday after the company announced the signing of significant strategic partnerships across key verticals in Australia and the United Kingdom. At the time of writing, the Openpay share...
 

Openpay (ASX:OPY) share price rallies on major expansions

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
The struggling Openpay share price tips higher on wins in the healthcare and automotive sectors. The Openpay Group Ltd (ASX: OPY) share price is rallying on Tuesday after the company announced the signing of significant strategic partnerships across...
 

LiSTNR launches THE GRILLE, its first branded podcast with VACC

Monday, September 6, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has teamed up with Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) LiSTNR to launch its first branded podcast, THE GRILLE. THE GRILLE, brings together renowned automotive journalist Greg Rust, much-loved actor Shane...
 

VACC Teams Up With LiSTNR For Its First Branded Podcast

Monday, September 6, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has teamed up with LiSTNR to launch its first branded podcast, THE GRILLE. The GRILLE, brings together renowned automotive journalist Greg Rust, much-loved actor Shane Jacobson and VACC CEO Geoff...
 

Fox’s car museum ready to reopen

Thursday, September 2, 2021
By Sean CarTrucking giant Lindsay Fox’s classic car collection in Docklands’ historic Queen’s Warehouse is gearing up for reopening to the public “as soon as lockdown ends”. The Fox Classic Car Collection, which is run by a special trust, has been...
 

WinA drive for women members

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Opportunity knocks: Renewed push for more women participants in the automotive industry By NEIL DOWLING ATTRACTING, recruiting, retaining and supporting women in the automotive industry appears to be a relatively effortless and even enjoyable mission. Yet even though women make up about 20 per cent of Australia's automotive industry, the role of advocate organisation Women in Automotive (WinA) has yet to reach full potential and, despite the group's 20-year history, still has about the same number of members 1230.
 

Get in on the act with EPA

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is actively collaborating with industry organisations in a special program to ensure the state's small and medium businesses can gain a better understanding of the new Environment Protection Act 2017. ...
 

WinA drive for women members

Sunday, August 22, 2021
Opportunity knocks: Renewed push for more women participants in the automotive industry ATTRACTING, recruiting, retaining and supporting women in the automotive industry appears to be a relatively effortless and even enjoyable mission. Yet even though...
 

Collective bargaining for dealers gets nod

Monday, August 16, 2021
Farm machinery, truck and motorcycle dealers prompted to use the new bargaining tool FOUR automotive retail groups have taken up the Australian consumer watchdog’s sanctioned collective bargaining tool to improve their business and their relationship...
 

VACC Launches Automotive Industry Podcast

Monday, August 16, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has launched a podcast hosted by Greg Rust, Shane Jacobson and VACC CEO Geoff Gwilym. Known as ‘The Grille’, the podcast is published monthly, with each episode featuring news and views about the...
 

THE GRILLE: Industry podcast with a difference

Friday, August 13, 2021
Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce introduces THE GRILLE, a new automotive industry podcast hosted by Greg Rust, Shane Jacobson and VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. The first episode is available now and includes a special guest interview with UK motorin...
 

High Court overturns casual staff claim

Friday, August 13, 2021
Employers dodge $14b bullet but now must review employment contracts THE High Court has saved employers an estimated $14 billion in potential back-pay claims after it this week overturned a contentious workplace understanding that a long-serving casual...
 

Clarkson to get a Grille-ing

Thursday, August 12, 2021
New Aussie podcast debuts with Jeremy Clarkson in the hot seat A new auto industry podcast debuts today and it’s got heavy hitters as its host and one of its first guests. Posted monthly, The Grille launches today with Greg Rust as its host and Jeremy...
 

VACC launches podcast

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Introducing THE GRILLE, a new automotive industry podcast hosted by Greg Rust, Shane Jacobson and Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce CEO, Geoff Gwilym. The first episode is available now and includes a special guest interview with UK motoring per...
 

Industry podcast launched

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Greg Rust, Shane Jacobson and Geoff Gwilym to host monthly infotainment showcase THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has moved into the realm of online education and entertainment with the launch of a podcast called THE GRILLE, a monthly online audio show designed to keep vehicle industry players and enthusiasts abreast with motor industry issues.
 

Star power for new automotive podcast

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Not content with one successful podcast, long-time motorsport commentator Greg Rust has launched his second. Unlike his popular ‘ Rusty's Garage ' podcast that focuses on racing personalities, his new podcast looks at the broader automotive industry.
 

VACC: Pay attention to new EPA rules

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Chamber backs tighter environment regulations for auto wreckers and recyclers THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is urging members and the automotive industry to review work practices in light of major changes recently made to the Victorian government's environmental legislation.
 

All revved up after Covid

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Almost every industry has felt the impacts of Melbourne's recurring lockdowns in some way or another and now that restrictions have eased once again, local mechanics are bracing for an influx of work after a turbulent year so far. During Victoria's most recent snap lockdown, people found themselves stuck at home once again and this constant change in restrictions has had a direct impact on the automotive industry, according to the CEO of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), Geoff Gwilym.
 

Work revving up

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Almost every industry has felt the impacts of Melbourne's recurring lockdowns in some way or another and now that restrictions have eased once again, local mechanics are bracing for an influx of work after a turbulent year so far. During Victoria's most recent snap lockdown, people found themselves stuck at home once again and this constant change in restrictions has had a direct impact on the automotive industry, according to the CEO of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), Geoff Gwilym.
 

VACC launches industry podcast with a difference

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The Grille crew (L-R) Shane Jacobson, Mark Rust and Geoff Gwilym The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has launched an industry podcast called The Grille, hosted by motorsport journalist Greg Rust, actor and petrolhead Shane Jacobson, and...
 

Industry podcast launched

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Greg Rust, Shane Jacobson and Geoff Gwilym to host monthly infotainment showcase The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has moved into the realm of online education and entertainment with the launch of a podcast called THE GRILLE, a monthl...
 

New EPA Act means business

Friday, July 30, 2021
Major changes to the Victorian environmental legislation took effect from 1 July 2021, with the new focus of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and its inspectorate to be on preventing harm before it happens. The VACC is urging its...
 

VACC: Pay attention to new EPA rules

Friday, July 30, 2021
Chamber backs tighter environment regulations for auto wreckers and recyclers THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is urging members and the automotive industry to review work practices in light of major changes recently made to the...
 

Geoff Gwilym, the CEO of the VACC said the Vic auto indstry had experienced an “ebb & flow” of work over the past 18 mths & now that lockdown's over, mechanics would find themselves with “a flood of work” coming through in the coming weeks @PakenhamGazette https://t.co/yFYox0BNp9

Friday, July 30, 2021
Geoff Gwilym, the CEO of the VACC said the Vic auto indstry had experienced an “ebb & flow” of work over the past 18 mths & now that lockdown's over, mechanics would find themselves with “a flood of work” coming through in the coming weeks @PakenhamGazette https://t.co/yFYox0BNp9
 

Auto industry revs up post-lockdown

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Simon Tabinor and Geoff Gwilym are encouraging everyone to continue looking after their cars during lockdowns, even if they aren't travelling long distances. Pics: STEWART CHAMBERS 245172_01 Almost every industry has felt the impacts of Melbourne’s...
 

VACC wants protection for all

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce has questioned why rural and regional businesses have been omitted from wide-ranging protections provided by a code of conduct for franchising. The introduction of a new automotive section into the...
 

VACC wants protection for all

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce has questioned why rural and regional businesses have been omitted from wide-ranging protections provided by a code of conduct for franchising. The introduction of a new automotive section into the...
 

Your car, your choice

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Motorist rights are front and centre of a new initiative from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce’s Body Repair Division. The Chamber has launched a multi-media campaign that aims to raise motorist awareness on the importance of choice of repaire...
 

Ambassador Jacobsen: Q&A with new VACC ambassador

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Shane Jacobson is a much-loved Australian actor, presenter and knowledgeable automotive enthusiast. Now, he takes on a new role as the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) ambassador. Sitting down with VACC's Australian Automotive, he talke...
 

'Your car, your choice'say the VACC

Monday, July 26, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce’s Body Repair Division has launched a multi-media campaign that aims to raise motorist awareness on the importance of choice of repairer. 'Your car, your choice'will engage motorists in Victoria and Tasmani...
 

VACC Launches Choice Of Repairer Campaign

Monday, July 26, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce’s (VACC) Body Repair Division has launched an initiative called ‘Your car, your choice’, designed to inform motorists of their rights when seeking body repairs. VACC says the multi-platform campaign aims to...
 

Vehicle leasing – call for transparency

Friday, July 23, 2021
Franchise retailers are seeing lease deals that would not pass the pub test THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has called on the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) to investigate the practices of vehicle leasing companies...
 

Your car, your choice

Friday, July 23, 2021
Motorist rights are front and centre of a new initiative from the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce’s Body Repair Division. The Chamber has launched a multi-media campaign that aims to raise motorist awareness on the importance of choice of...
 

The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the omission of critical automotive trades as priorities for skilled migration exacerbates existing skills shortages, potentially derailing economic recovery efforts https://t.co/MRTuyHeb5h

Thursday, July 15, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the omission of critical automotive trades as priorities for skilled migration exacerbates existing skills shortages, potentially derailing economic recovery efforts https://t.co/MRTuyHeb5h
 

Announcing the new date for Panorama symposium

Friday, July 9, 2021
With less than three weeks to go to the only Melbourne-based collision industry event in 2021, the wheels well and truly fell off! As Victoria was emerging from “ Lockdown 4 ”, the rest of the country was moving into various stages of lockdown and/or...
 

Federal govt ignores auto skills, favours resources

Friday, July 2, 2021
Govt list prioritises engineers while car businesses struggle with 31,000 jobs vacancies AUSTRALIA’S economic recovery efforts are being derailed by the federal government failing to fast-track automotive industry workers despite a national job vacancy...
 

Critical auto jobs left off government ‘priority’ list

Friday, July 2, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the omission of critical automotive trades as priorities for skilled migration exacerbates existing skills shortages, potentially derailing economic recovery efforts. VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym said...
 

Job not done yet

Friday, July 2, 2021
MPs told it’s time to protect franchise farm machinery, motorcycle and truck dealers AS THE car dealers of Australia witness the signing off of the protection offered by the federal government’s recently announced automotive franchise code which is...
 

Government leaves automotive off priority skilled migration list

Monday, June 28, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the omission of automotive trades as priorities for skilled migration exacerbates existing shortages, potentially derailing economic recovery efforts. VACC chief executive Geoff Gwilym says the...
 

Critical auto jobs left off government ‘priority’ list

Monday, June 28, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the omission of critical automotive trades as priorities for skilled migration exacerbates existing skills shortages, potentially derailing economic recovery efforts. VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym said...
 

Repair data legislation passes senate

Friday, June 18, 2021
Servicing and repairing a car to become cheaper, says govt on data sharing act LEGISLATION has been passed in the senate this week to compel OEMs to share technical and repair information with all qualified Australian repairers, effective as of July 1,...
 

Industry bodies welcome right to repair legislation

Friday, June 18, 2021
Automotive industry bodies say legislation passed by the Senate which mandates access for independent repairers to service and repair data from original equipment manufacturers (OEM) from July 1, 2022, is welcome news. The Australia Automotive...
 

Apprenticeship training boost for NSW

Friday, June 4, 2021
TAFE joins Peter Warren to launch apprentice training as VACC says shortage is ‘critical’ AN INNOVATIVE partnership between major dealership group Peter Warren Automotive and the NSW TAFE has boosted apprenticeship numbers and formed a comprehensive...
 

ACCC grant collective bargaining rights

Friday, June 4, 2021
Dealers can join together to negotiate with OEMs without the risk of collusion THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a class exemption for businesses to use from June 2, 2021 which allows eligible businesses to...
 

Insurance cost surge may impact dealers

Friday, June 4, 2021
OurAuto Insurance alerts car retailers to undertake policy reviews in changing times AUSTRALIAN dealers, challenged in the past year by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, are seeing a drastic shift in dealership needs which is...
 

Symposium2021 “Panorama” takes shape

Friday, June 4, 2021
With just six weeks to go to the only Melbourne-based collision industry event in 2021, things are really starting to take shape. Our keynote speaker, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice in the USA, has put together a great presentation covering OEM bes...
 

Automotive industry under threat, warns report

Friday, May 28, 2021
A major report into the automotive industry, warns Australia’s transition to electric, connected, and autonomous mobility is under threat. It faces severe skill shortages, structural adjustment across 13 industry segments and a lack of cohesive...
 

The MTAA releases 2021 Industry Report

Friday, May 28, 2021
The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), VACC’s national body, has released the second edition of Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry – An Industry Report. Prepared by VACC’s Senior Research Analyst, Steve Bletsos, the 2020/21 repor...
 

Directions in Australia's Automotive Industry

Monday, May 24, 2021
The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), has released the second edition of Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry – An Industry Report. You can download the Executive summary 2021 and the full report 2021 Directions in Australia's...
 

Victorian budget hits at land, payrolls

Friday, May 21, 2021
Auto escapes new imposts but VACC says state budget does little for business VICTORIAN businesses have largely been left “out in the cold” with a state budget that has no new imposts for the automotive industry but hits at payrolls and land owners. Th...
 

Federal budget gets thumbs up

Friday, May 21, 2021
Training, tax relief, asset write-off extension and road funding a boost for car industry AUSTRALIA'S automotive future is on the right track as the nation's industry bodies give the thumbs up to the federal budget.
 

VACC now Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
VACC has formally changed its name to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. For over 100 years, Victoria’s peak automotive industry body operated as the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce but now, through member input, the name has been...
 

2021 Australian Budget Boosts Apprenticeship Commencements

Monday, May 17, 2021
The Australian Government budget for 2021 has revealed an additional $2.7 billion has been allocated to extend the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements programme. According to the government, the demand driven programme is expected to support more...
 

VACC supports employment-focused budget

Friday, May 14, 2021
The Federal Budget reveal has been welcomed by the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) as being future-focused, with employment top of the agenda. Central to the budget is a workforce plan, which will see the government commit $2.7 billion...
 

Federal budget gets thumbs up

Friday, May 14, 2021
Training, tax relief, asset write-off extension and road funding a boost for car industry AUSTRALIA’S automotive future is on the right track as the nation’s industry bodies give the thumbs up to the federal budget. The Victorian Automotive Chamber of...
 

Your Car Your Choice Finally Enacted

Friday, May 14, 2021
I rise to speak on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021 and I move the second reading amendment that has been circulated in my name: That all words after "That" be omitted with a...
 

DO WE NEED A MOTOR SHOW?

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Motor Shows are wonderful events for anyone who loves cars. Manufacturers use them to unveil and hype up concept cars, important new production models and innovations, and the public flocks to see these wonders of technology and horsepower. Yet it has...
 

VACC calls on employers to create opportunities

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is welcoming the future focused Federal Budget with employment at the top of its agenda. “We need to maintain a pipeline of workers – and we can no longer rely on skilled people coming from overseas....
 

What the new legislation on insurance means for repairers.

Monday, May 3, 2021
A repairer recently got in touch about an updated contract sent to them by Youi seeking clarification on whether a repairer is an 'authorised representative'of the insurer - which could open a'liability can of worms' as we understand it. There is a...
 

VACC seeks reason for steel price upsurge

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The Vietnam Association of Construction Contractors (VACC) has proposed the government Office promptly direct the relevant ministries and agencies to launch a probe into the rising prices of steel to minimise the losses of local construction firms. Som...
 

VACC asks ACCC for help

Thursday, April 22, 2021
International supply chain shortages put dealers and repairers in ACL sights THE Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has met with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alerting the regulator to impending supply chain...
 

Startamotive

Friday, April 9, 2021
Services Startamotive a modern-day workshop for servicing all types of diesel and petrol engines with a certified VACC accreditation, our authorized mechanics are capable of servicing all car models from all makers since 2009. In addition, Startamotiv...
 

Progress as nation to share in auto data

Thursday, April 1, 2021
July 2022 timetable for data sharing between OEMs and independent repairers LEGISLATION that mandates independent repairer access to vehicle service and repair information from OEMs is being introduced into parliament and is expected to come into effec...
 

Melbourne EV charging hub opens

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
At The Hub opening are, from left, Lily D’Ambrosio, Srecko Lorbek, VACC chief executive Geoff Gwilym and GET director and chief executive Harry Hamann. A new EV charging station called The Hub has opened in Melbourne, catering mainly for inner-city...
 

Melbourne EV charging hub opens

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
“People living in high-density apartment towers, townhouses and strata buildings with limited off-street parking really are starved for choice because they have very limited ability to charge their vehicle from their own home,” says station builder GET...
 

VACC, Carsales establish arbitration

Friday, March 19, 2021
Carsales rectifies most problems with its online platform but price rises remain in force DEALER concerns on price rises and service issues with Carsales have been brought to a head with a meeting held last week rectifying many of the problems raised b...
 

Women remain underrepresented in automotive industry, study shows

Monday, March 8, 2021
Monday 8 March 2021 is the 110th International Women's DayFigures show women remain significantly underrepresented in the automotive industry, with only one fifth of all jobs being held by a woman. According to the most recent study conducted by the...
 

Why there's a five month wait to get your car repaired

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Global supply chain chaos and Covid paranoia means it could take up to five months to get your car repaired - but there's better news if you want to sell your car. The manufacture of car parts from China, the United States, Thailand and Europe...
 

Why mechanics are warning of huge delays for car repairs

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Wait times for car repairs have blown out enormously, with mechanics are warning of delays of up to five months. Chief executive of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Geoff Gwilym, says it’s due to supply shortages for parts, sparked by the...
 

Circuit breaker locks down Victorian dealership showrooms

Monday, February 15, 2021
Car dealership showrooms in Victoria will close from 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm Wednesday February 17, as the entire state is placed under a Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. The premier Daniel Andrews announced the state-wide ‘Circuit Breaker’ lockdown...
 

VACC becomes Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce

Monday, February 15, 2021
Latest News VACC becomes Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Victoria’s peak automotive industry body, VACC has formally changed its name to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. For over 100 years, VACC operated as the Victorian Automobile C...
 

VACC changes its name

Friday, February 12, 2021
Peak Victorian industry body loses its automobile and builds a future in automotive THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) turns 103 this year and has celebrated the occasion by changing its name to better reflect today’s industry...
 

Circuit breaker locks down Victorian dealership showrooms

Friday, February 12, 2021
Car dealership showrooms in Victoria will close from 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm Wednesday February 17, as the entire state is placed under a Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. The premier Daniel Andrews announced the state-wide ‘Circuit Breaker’ lockdown...
 

VACC becomes Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce

Friday, February 12, 2021
Victoria’s peak automotive industry body, VACC has formally changed its name to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. For over 100 years, VACC operated as the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce but now, through member input, the name has...
 

The February issue of Autotalk Australia is ready to download now.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
In this issue Ferntree Gully Nissan in Melbourne celebrates winning yet another global metropolitan dealer award from the parent company. Renault Australia announces that it will be handing the distribution of its vehicles to the Sydney-based Ateco...
 

VACC Updates Name To Better Reflect Its Membership

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
For more than 100 years, “VACC” has been an abbreviation for the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, but the organisation has now altered the name to “better reflect a modern automotive industry” following member input – it now stands for the...
 

VACC tweaks its name

Monday, February 8, 2021
VACC has formally changed its name to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. For over 100 years, VACC operated as the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce but now, through member input, the name has been altered to better reflect a modern...
 

Vic $1200 rebate for digital tools closes soon

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Small Business Digital Adaptation ProgramHelping Victorian small businesses build their digital capability.Program overview The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program will allow eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital...
 

Tradies pick up tech tools to help build local businesses

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Image via. Shutterstock.A Melbourne-based app made by and for tradies to help manage their businesses is one of eight new providers to join the Victorian Government’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program. Trade Trak provides a cloud-based...
 

Tradies Pick Up The Tech Tools To Build Local Businesses

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Trade Trak provides a cloud-based comprehensive tool for trades and services to manage onsite safety, job scheduling, quoting, invoicing and contractor management. Burdens Plumbing Supplies has teamed with Trade Trak to allow small business customers t...
 

STIMULUS REBATES TO HELP HOTELS UPDATE

Monday, February 1, 2021
In Administration, Business by Clyde Mooney 01/02/2021 Leave a Comment Thousands of businesses have signed on to the Victorian Government’s economic stimulus program, offering rebates to operators for upgrading to digital technologies. The Small...
 

Cash for clunkers on Vic radar

Monday, January 25, 2021
The Victorian Government is planning a COVID-cash-for-clunkers scheme to boost road safety, according to a Facebook message from premier outsellsDaniel Andrews, but one leading motoring group believes removing stamp duty would be just as effective. On his personal Facebook page, Mr Andrews said: "Older cars don't have the safety features we rely on to keep us safer and are overrepresented in our crash and fatality stats." "This (proposal) is about getting them off the road, and supporting those Victorians who need it most." But it's not for everyone and only plans to replace 1000 older vehicles on Victorian roads.
 

Vale: Warren Smith

Friday, January 22, 2021
Industry accolades for Warren Smith, Victorian dealer stalwart who has died aged 86 RESPECTED stalwart of the Victorian car industry and chairman of the Garry & Warren Smith Group, Warren Smith, has died aged 86. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of...
 

Fair data access one step closer says VACC

Monday, January 18, 2021
The release of draft legislation to mandate access to motor vehicle service and repair information in Australia is unprecedented, says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and its national body, the Motor Trades Association of Australia...
 

Cash for clunkers on Vic radar

Friday, January 15, 2021
New-car purchase help but industry body says removing stamp duty just as effective THE Victorian government is planning a cash-for-clunkers scheme to boost road safety, according to a Facebook message from state premier Dan Andrews, but one leading...
 

Vic dealers in Carsales move

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Carsales agrees to Vic dealer advisory council after complaints about fees hike GOAUTONEWS Premium has been told that the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has been working with Carsales via the Victorian Automobile Dealers Association (...
 

Data Sharing Draft Legislation Released For Comment

Monday, December 21, 2020
The Australian Government has published a draft version of the upcoming data sharing law that will require car companies to share service and repair information to independent repairers. It will accept public comment on the legislation until the end o...
 

Edney’s centenary milestone celebrated

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
ONE of the region’s longest running businesses, Edney’s Leongatha celebrated a momentous milestone last week – 100 years of continuous membership of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. The VACC itself is just one year older and Edney’s is...
 

EV tax a ‘revenue opportunity’

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Motor traders may be part of the collection system of Victoria’s new electric vehicle tax MOTOR traders in Victoria may participate in the collection of the state government’s proposed electric vehicle tax, a method raised as the model for how the tax...
 

Looking out from lockdown on The Edge

Monday, November 30, 2020
Our latest podcast features the straight-talking VACC CEO Gwilym. With over 5,000 members at the VACC to look after, Gwilym tells us what it was like to have a jammed switchboard when Covid hit, and what he has been advising his members to do in the...
 

Edneys Leongatha celebrates 100 years with VACC

Monday, November 30, 2020
Car dealership Edneys Leongatha has celebrated its one hundredth year of membership with the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). The milestone is testament to the passion and perseverance of regional small business according to VACC. “If...
 

Industry welcomes Victorian budget

Thursday, November 26, 2020
VACC sees budget as ‘good for state’ with positive auto industry measures VICTORIA has unveiled a business-focussed budget that will be good for the state, said the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) after viewing the budget released by th...
 

Victoria‘s budget welcomed: VACC

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The Victorian Budget reveal has been welcomed by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) as being business focussed and good for the state. In a year many business owners would rather forget, the announcement by state treasurer Tim Palla...
 

Victoria‘s budget welcomed: VACC

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The Victorian Budget reveal has been welcomed by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) as being business focussed and good for the state. In a year many business owners would rather forget, the announcement by state treasurer Tim Pallas o...
 

Dealer vote ‘essential’

Friday, November 20, 2020
Victorian dealers urged to vote in VACC elections to preserve their place on the board VICTORIAN car dealers are being urged to vote for car retailers first in the upcoming elections for the nine spots on the executive board of the Victorian Automobile...
 

Investor presentation | Eagers Automotive Limited (ASX:APE)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
17 NOVEMBER, 2020 UBS AUSTRALASIA CONFERENCE Martin Ward I Chief Executive Officer SIMPLIFYING FOR SUCCESS SimplifiedmodelpostAHG integrationwithenhancedscaleoveranationalfootprint 2 | UBS AUSTRALASIA CONFERENCE FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS -UNDERLYING...
 

Quartz sets a high standard

Friday, November 13, 2020
The Quartz Auto team takes pride in their work. (Pictures: Supplied) When Muhammad Awais launched Quartz Auto Care, his aim was to provide consistently top-notch vehicle repairs and servicing on all makes and models, while keeping the costs transparent...
 

Minister says Mandatory Data Sharing Law not far away

Monday, November 9, 2020
The automotive aftermarket sector is celebrating with the Federal Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar announcing that the draft legislation that will require car companies to share all motor vehicle service and repair information is only weeks...
 

AAAA: Mandatory Data Sharing Law Weeks Away

Sunday, November 8, 2020
The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) says federal Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar has announced that draft legislation requiring car companies to share all motor vehicle service and repair information (data sharing) is just...
 

Bright start to Vic resumption

Friday, November 6, 2020
Dealers are reporting positive response by car buyers to reopening of showrooms EARLY signs from franchise vehicle dealers are that trading conditions are good, post Victoria’s COVID lockdown. A survey of members by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of...
 

Data share bill imminent

Friday, November 6, 2020
OEMs to share service data with independent repairers as Mitsubishi pens ACCC response DATA sharing of OEM service and repair information for independent repairers and funding to implement the process are expected to become legislation after Canberra...
 

Dealers plan tilt at Upper House

Friday, November 6, 2020
Victorian dealers want a member of parliament so governments will take them seriously VICTORIAN car dealers are in the middle of a series of planning and strategy meetings which they anticipate will result in the retail car industry in the state having...
 

The November issue of Autotalk is available to download.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Two Australian Porsche dealers make a significant splash across the pages in this November issue. The Porsche Centre Sydney South managed to close down runway number three at Sydney International Airport for the customer launch of the Porsche 911 Turbo...
 

The VFF Farm Safety Team

Thursday, November 5, 2020
As part of its Victoria’s Smarter, Safer Farms program and Safer Farms election commitment to address skills and safety issues in the agriculture sector the Victorian Government has provided funding under the Making our Farms Safer initiative to enable...
 

Here’s what to expect from Melbourne car dealers post-lockdown

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Journalist - Will it be discounted drive-away deals and lines out the door, or is Melbourne’s auto industry predicting a more demure return to work? - shares After months of lockdowns and on-site closures, Victoria’s automotive industry has finally been p...
 

The automotive industry reopens – at last!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) welcomes the State Government’s announcement to ease restrictions on metro Melbourne businesses, allowing the automotive industry to open across the state. “VACC is pleased that all automotive businesses...
 

Victoria's automotive industry can now officially reopen

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Finally, some good news for car dealerships in the southern state. - shares New car buyers in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria can now inspect their next vehicle purchase in person, after the state government announced automotive retail would ...
 

VACC warns on scammers

Friday, October 23, 2020
Dealer loses $20,000 in one hit as identity theft and stolen card numbers rear their heads ONLINE sales and ‘click and collect’ transactions are under scrutiny as police warn of an upsurge in criminal activities involving cars sold to people who have...
 

VACC: “We can sell cars safely”

Friday, October 16, 2020
Strategy plan to safely allow dealers to trade during the pandemic is in Andrews’ hands A PROACTIVE plan for Victoria’s automotive retail sector has been handed to the state government as the industry’s leading body announces a guide to maximise...
 

AAAA leads charge against Mitsubishi 10-year warranty

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Aftermarket Association, MTAA and VACC rail against exclusive servicing provisions for proposed warranty Mitsubishi Australia is facing a torrent of criticism from independent service outlets and parts suppliers in response to its proposed 10-year...
 

AAAA leads charge against Mitsubishi 10-year warranty

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Aftermarket Association, MTAA and VACC rail against exclusive servicing provisions for proposed warranty Mitsubishi Australia is facing a torrent of criticism from independent service outlets and parts suppliers in response to its proposed 10-year...
 

More funds for apprentices

Monday, October 12, 2020
Industry backs govt’s financial support for employing new apprentices and trainees WAGE subsidies of up to $1.2 billion will go to boosting hiring of apprentices and trainees under the latest federal government incentive plan to lift Australia out of...
 

Would you like a helmet with your groceries?

Friday, October 9, 2020
Motorcycle dealers are closed down while Aldi is free to sell motorcycle accessories MELBOURNE shoppers can currently buy motorcycling equipment when they purchase their weekly supermarket shopping. It is one of the unfair elements of the rules auto...
 

VACC calls out supermarkets for selling motorcycle gear

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Supermarket chains are selling cheap motorcycle gear in Victoria, while dealerships remain shut Supermarkets are selling motorcycle gear during the strict Melbourne lockdown, while motorcycle dealerships and apparel outlets have been forced to...
 

The October issue of Autotalk magazine is now available to download.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
In this issue Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited announces a new 10-year warranty programme, the first mass market manufacturer yet to do so in the Australian market. Moody’s Analytics senior economist Michael Brisson says used vehicle prices in Augus...
 

Toyota Corollas added to Takata airbag recall

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Six thousand Toyota Corollas recalled due to dangerous Takata airbags. Six thousand Toyota Corollas have been added to the list of cars subject to a compulsory recall due to potentially deadly Takata airbags The Australian Competition and Consumer...
 

COVID-19: Car-servicing rule change a boon for safety

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Victorian government has eased COVID-19 restrictions on routine car servicing. Victorian motorists can once again have their cars serviced following easing of COVID-19 restrictions, which saw almost 250,000 cars miss their routine service checks. Th...
 

Electric cars 'increase government revenue', report claims

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Should electric cars be subsidised to help uptake? As debate continues to rage over whether electric cars should be subsidised or taxed in Australia, a new report has suggested their uptake could help, not hinder, government revenue – once economic...
 

VACC seeks sales resumption

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Chamber puts strategic plan to Spring Street to allow controlled access to car buyers THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is in close negotiations with the Andrews government to allow the opening of automotive showrooms for all...
 

Electric cars 'increase government revenue', report claims

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Critics of electric cars say they get a free ride by avoiding fuel excise. A new report argues the opposite. As debate continues to rage over whether electric cars should be subsidised or taxed in Australia, a new report has suggested their uptake...
 

Servicing win for industry

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Previously under Stage 4 conditions, motorists living in the metro Melbourne area were not permitted to book routine servicing (logbook or scheduled maintenance) for their vehicle(s) as a standalone service. Additional service work to a vehicle was only l...
 

Servicing win for industry

Monday, September 21, 2020
Previously under Stage 4 conditions, motorists living in the metro Melbourne area were not permitted to book routine servicing (logbook or scheduled maintenance) for their vehicle(s) as a standalone service. Additional service work to a vehicle was...
 

Servicing win for Victorian industry

Monday, September 21, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) welcomes the news that Stage 4 restrictions pertaining to logbook and scheduled vehicle servicing have been eased, after a long and collaborative discussion with the Victorian Government. Any vehicle...
 

Dealerships facing out of service cars and fewer apprentices

Monday, September 21, 2020
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is warning that dealerships in Victoria are facing a mountain of cars which have fallen out of service as well as looming apprentice shortages. During a Zoom meeting with AutoTalk, VACC chief executiv...
 

Car servicing allowed under Victorian COVID-19 restrictions

Friday, September 18, 2020
Relaxed coronavirus restrictions allow Victorians to take their vehicles to service centres Easing coronavirus restrictions as part of Victoria's four-step path out of lockdown stage 4 are now permitting car owners to have routine servicing performed...
 

Melburnians can now service their cars again

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Servicing win for Victorian car industry as Stage 4 restrictions ease Melbourne residents can now have their vehicles serviced as part of more relaxed Stage 4 restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the Victorian state capital. As of today...
 

Melburnians can now service their cars again

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Servicing win for Victorian car industry as Stage 4 restrictions ease Melbourne residents can now have their vehicles serviced as part of more relaxed Stage 4 restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the Victorian state capital. As of today...
 

Scheduled servicing now permitted under Victoria's lockdown

Thursday, September 17, 2020
You can now get your logbook back up to scratchIn good news for Victorian drivers, the state government has relaxed its public health restrictions to allow scheduled or logbook servicing of cars to go ahead. Previously, only emergency repairs, critica...
 

Scheduled servicing now permitted under Victoria's lockdown

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
In good news for Victorian drivers, the state government has relaxed its public health restrictions to allow scheduled or logbook servicing of cars to go ahead. Previously , only emergency repairs, critical maintenance and recall work were permitted to ta...
 

VACC Commends VIC On Allowing Melbourne Vehicle Servicing Again

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) said it welcomes the news that Victoria’s Stage 4 restrictions on logbook and scheduled vehicle servicing have been eased in Melbourne, after a long and collaborative discussion with the state...
 

At last. Service now allowed

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Long discussion with Spring Street eventually gets common-sense decision on vehicle service THE Andrews government in Victoria has finally reversed its hard line against the public in Melbourne getting their cars serviced under the tough Covid-19 Stage...
 

Scheduled servicing now permitted under Victoria's lockdown

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
If your logbook is looking a little worse for wear, you're not alone. In good news for Victorian drivers, the state government has relaxed its public health restrictions to allow scheduled or logbook servicing of cars to go ahead. Previously , onl...
 

Scheduled servicing to resume in Melbourne amid Level 4 restrictions

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
If you're a Melbourne Metro resident, you'll again be able to take your car for logbook servicing with the Victorian Government easing restrictions. The Victorian Government has eased strict restrictions on mechanics and car dealerships carrying out...
 

Service restrictions eased for Metro Melbourne dealerships

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) welcomes the news that Stage 4 restrictions pertaining to logbook and scheduled vehicle servicing have been eased, after a long and collaborative discussion with the Victorian Government. Any vehicle...
 

Service in ‘black hole’

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Survey says 250,000 cars missed scheduled service in Melbourne and heading for 500,000 A SURVEY by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) with the Victorian Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) of completed log book/scheduled services thi...
 

Andrews “a disgrace” – VACC

Monday, September 7, 2020
Victorian govt blasted: “fails to understand” auto retail sector as lockdown fallout intensifies THE heart of Australia’s automotive industry will remain under severe pressure for at least the next two months as Covid-19 plans outlined by the state...
 

Car dealerships face grim future

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
By Leith van Onselen in Australian Economy at 2:20 pm on August 20, 2020 | 1 comment It is fair to say that Australia’s car dealerships are facing a grim future, caught between plunging sales and changing technologies. New car sales were already...
 

Vital industry survey deadline draws near

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
MTAA and VACC want responses this week to a survey to boost government awareness A MAJOR national survey of the automotive industry is underway to alert the state and federal governments to issues within the industry and to plan for policies and fundin...
 

VACC JobKeeper alert

Friday, August 21, 2020
New rules mean employers must register new employees before August 31 EMPLOYERS must urgently identify new employees for JobKeeper and make any necessary “top up” payments by August 31 as part of new rules for the JobKeeper program. This is...
 

How to buy a car during Victoria's lockdown

Saturday, August 15, 2020
With public transport, Ubers and taxis a less appealing option due to public health concerns, plenty of people may be looking to purchase a vehicle for their regular supermarket shopping trips and essential outings. When it comes to the rules for...
 

JobKeeper 2 victory for dealers

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Industry wins important recasting of the JobKeeper 2 conditions from the Treasurer THE Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) with strong secretariat support from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has won major concessions in the rules relating to which businesses would qualify for JobKeeper 2 employee support when JobKeeper 1 ends in late September.
 

Podcast: Defender 90, GMA T.50, and VFACTS

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
This week's podcast looks at Gordon Murray's stunning T.50, dives into the latest VFACTS numbers, and features our very own racing driver, Chris Atkinson. In this episode, Mandy is joined by Scott Collie and James Wong, with Mike Costello and Chris...
 

Car dealers brace for Stage 4 lockdown, JobKeeper pain

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Victorian car dealerships are bracing for Stage 4 restrictions, while the industry faces an uncertain nationwfuture when the next round of JobKeeper government assistance kicks in this September. A quarter of Victorian car dealership employees could b...
 

Carrying out repairs in Victoria

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Our sympathies to Victorian repairers and those in associated industry as it is still pretty hard to decipher exactly what work is permissable. Paint & Panel sought clarity from the Victorian DHHS and this was the repsonse received this...
 

Victorians - an urgent update from Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC)! View here: https://youtu.be/fqzj3buaEfE #vacc Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce - VACC #urgentupdate #covid19 #collisionrepair #womeninautomotive

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Victorians - an urgent update from Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC)! View here: https://youtu.be/fqzj3buaEfE #vacc Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce - VACC #urgentupdate #covid19 #collisionrepair #womeninautomotive
 

MTAA WELCOMES CHANGES TO CRITERIA FOR JOBKEEPER The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) representations to the Federal Government, Commonwealth Departments and Agencies, to reconsider revised JobKeeper criteria beyond September, has contributed t

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
MTAA WELCOMES CHANGES TO CRITERIA FOR JOBKEEPER The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) representations to the Federal Government, Commonwealth Departments and Agencies, to reconsider revised JobKeeper criteria beyond September, has contributed t...
 

This just released by VACC VACC interpretation of 5km restriction from a consumer and business perspective VACC members have been calling to seek advice on the 5km travel restriction zone announced by the Victorian State Government on 2 August 2020. I

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
This just released by VACC VACC interpretation of 5km restriction from a consumer and business perspective VACC members have been calling to seek advice on the 5km travel restriction zone announced by the Victorian State Government on 2 August 2020. I...
 

And another VACC update. I've been speaking to one 'drivable' business that is shutting down and another hail business that is going on until they are told to shut down. The current thinking seems to be that the police won't be too harsh on businesses whi

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
And another VACC update. I've been speaking to one 'drivable' business that is shutting down and another hail business that is going on until they are told to shut down. The current thinking seems to be that the police won't be too harsh on businesses whi...
 

Coronavirus: Government provides further clarity 6 AUGUST 2020 On Wednesday, 5 August 11:59pm the Victorian Government made changes to its Stage 4 COVID Restrictions advice. These changes heightened concerns VACC raised in respect to the scope of work

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Coronavirus: Government provides further clarity 6 AUGUST 2020 On Wednesday, 5 August 11:59pm the Victorian Government made changes to its Stage 4 COVID Restrictions advice. These changes heightened concerns VACC raised in respect to the scope of work ...
 

Melbourne lockdown: Can I get my car serviced or repaired?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
According to the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): "You may still be able to get your vehicle serviced under stage four restrictions if necessary or if taken in for essential repairs." As such, car dealerships, service centres an...
 

Service hopes dashed in Melbourne

Monday, August 10, 2020
Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne have slammed the door on normal service EARLY hopes that metropolitan Melbourne dealers would be able to carry on scheduled service under the Stage 4 lockdown restrictions imposed by the Andrews government...
 

Victorian employee reviews needed

Monday, August 10, 2020
VACC says businesses should now look at staff levels during harsher COVID-19 rules VICTORIA’S Stage 4 restrictions will require a review of workforce needs and all dealerships and service centres should examine future requirements, the Victorian...
 

JobKeeper 2 victory for dealers

Friday, August 7, 2020
Industry wins important recasting of the JobKeeper 2 conditions from the Treasurer The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) with strong secretariat support from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has won major concessions in th...
 

COVID-19: What you can and can't do with your car

Friday, August 7, 2020
The latest on lockdowns, border restrictions, car buying and servicing, including during Melbourne’s Stage 4 restrictions The COVID-19 coronavirus is changing the way people travel and use their cars Down Under. As Melbourne adjusts to Stage 4...
 

Melbourne mechanics will be 'open for business' in lockdown

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Vehicle servicing and repair will carry on throughout Melbourne lockdown but dealerships set to close As Melbourne moves into its stage-four coronavirus lockdown, the automotive retail trade is steeling itself for a six-week period where new car sales...
 

Update on Victoria situation - VACC says auto is open

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Comments CommentsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitter Share to Facebook Facebook Share to Email Email Share to More AddThis Victoria’s automotive industry remains open for business, providing crucial services t...
 

New operating guidelines for Metro Melbourne car dealers

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the automotive industry remains open for business to serve the more than five million motorists in the state. Albeit there are now increased restrictions on some areas of the sector such as...
 

Auto remains open

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Victoria’s automotive industry remains open for business, providing crucial services to the state’s more than five million motorists – albeit with increased restrictions on some sectors, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of...
 

Melbourne auto servicing remains open, says VACC

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
New guidelines from state government clarify rules re servicing and parts Negotiations between Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and the Victorian state government have seen rules regarding the operation of automotive service and parts...
 

Melbourne auto servicing remains open, says VACC

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
New guidelines from state government clarify rules re servicing and parts Negotiations between Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and the Victorian state government have seen rules regarding the operation of automotive service and parts...
 

JobKeeper 2.0 ‘nightmare’

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Industry lobbying underway as almost 83 per cent of dealers fail JobKeeper test MORE than 3200 Victorian dealership jobs are in the balance as the majority of car dealers have failed the JobKeeper 2.0 eligibility, the state’s peak industry body...
 

VACC: Victorian car dealers lose out on JobKeeper 2.0

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
A survey by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has found that more than 82.7% of Victorian car dealers are ineligible for JobKeeper 2.0. VACC says if dealers do not qualify for September – December this will result in an estimated loss...
 

Victorian Premier reveals coronavirus jobs shutdown

Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted Updated The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed which industries will be shut down as the state struggles to contain its coronavirus outbreak. Non-essential industries including some manufacturing and administration operations in...
 

BREAKING: Victorian restrictions close dealership doors

Monday, August 3, 2020
Sales, parts and servicing restrictions in Melbourne, but purchasing a car remains possible The Victorian State Government has decreed that dealerships must close their showroom doors in the wake of the stage-four coronavirus industry...
 

BREAKING: Victorian restrictions close dealership doors

Monday, August 3, 2020
Sales, parts and servicing restrictions in Melbourne, but purchasing a car remains possible The Victorian State Government has decreed that dealerships must close their showroom doors in the wake of the stage-four coronavirus industry...
 

VACC warns on JobKeeper

Friday, July 24, 2020
Dealers need to accurately calculate JobKeeper eligibility ahead of September changes DEALERSHIPS seeking to claim the JobKeeper payment from September 28 this year will be required to demonstrate that they have suffered an ongoing significant decline...
 

No COVID-19 fines for car buyers

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Victorian government confirms that automotive trade is an essential service Buyers of new and used cars from a dealership will not be fined by police under new Melbourne and Mitchell Shire lockdown rules, the Victorian government has revealed in...
 

No COVID-19 fines for car buyers

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Victorian government confirms that automotive trade is an essential service Buyers of new and used cars from a dealership will not be fined by police under new Melbourne and Mitchell Shire lockdown rules, the Victorian government has revealed in...
 

Melbourne auto firms still open

Friday, July 10, 2020
Proactive dealers can avoid viral setback by telling customers their doors are open NOTHING has changed regarding consumers’ ability to purchase and maintain their vehicles as Melbourne returns to Stage 3 lockdown, said the state’s peak automotive...
 

Automotive remains open says VACC

Thursday, July 9, 2020
While parts of Victoria returned to Stage 3 lockdown on July 8, nothing has changed regarding consumers’ ability to purchase and maintain their vehicles. According to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) the majority of automotive...
 

Melbourne car dealers remain open

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
COVID-19 lockdown does not close dealers' doors in VictoriaThe Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has confirmed Melbourne and Victorian car, motorcycle and truck dealers are open for business. Despite the introduction of increased...
 

Melbourne car dealers remain open

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
COVID-19 lockdown does not close dealers' doors in VictoriaThe Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has confirmed Melbourne and Victorian car, motorcycle and truck dealers are open for business. Despite the introduction of increased...
 

LCT threshold increases

Monday, June 22, 2020
VACC says Luxury Car Tax up but Victoria’s super-duty level yet to be confirmed AS EXPECTED, the Australian Taxation Office has advised that it will raise the luxury car tax (LCT) threshold for the next financial year to $68,740, a rise of 1.78 per...
 

KPMG: Write-off extension ‘great news’

Friday, June 12, 2020
Extension is opportunity for dealers to round up tradies and other business buyers THE extension of the instant asset write-off until the end of the year is “great news” for car retailers but dealers need to put in place strict procedures for sales...
 

Government to extend instant asset write-off

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Incentive program will run through to the end of 2020Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is expected to announce that the instant asset write-off scheme will continue beyond the end of the 2019/20 financial year. According to the VACC (Victorian Automobile...
 

Government to extend instant asset write-off

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Incentive program will run through to the end of 2020Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is expected to announce that the instant asset write-off scheme will continue beyond the end of the 2019/20 financial year. According to the VACC (Victorian Automobile...
 

Push for government policy changes

Friday, May 29, 2020
‘Time for the govt to come to the party’ says VACC on dealers’ issues VICTORIA’S peak automobile body is pressing for changes to state taxation and some regulations governing dealership operations to rebuild the industry before financial protection –...
 

Push for government policy changes

Friday, May 29, 2020
‘Time for the govt to come to the party’ says VACC on dealers’ issues VICTORIA’S peak automobile body is pressing for changes to state taxation and some regulations governing dealership operations to rebuild the industry before financial protection –...
 

VACC: TAFE not ‘free’

Friday, May 29, 2020
Auto employers hit with TAFE fees while other industries train apprentices for free THE Victorian government should “rethink” advertising TAFE courses as “free” when thousands of automobile apprentices and their employers have to pay upwards of $1500 a...
 

VACC: TAFE not ‘free’

Friday, May 29, 2020
Auto employers hit with TAFE fees while other industries train apprentices for free THE Victorian government should “rethink” advertising TAFE courses as “free” when thousands of automobile apprentices and their employers have to pay upwards of $1500 a...
 

Cash-for-Clunkers back on?

Friday, May 29, 2020
New for old can rev up dealer sales, reduce national fleet emissions and lift vehicle safety CASH for Clunkers, the oft-touted panacea for boosting new-car sales while lowering vehicle emissions and the nation’s motor injury and death toll, could be pu...
 

Cash-for-Clunkers back on?

Friday, May 29, 2020
New for old can rev up dealer sales, reduce national fleet emissions and lift vehicle safety CASH for Clunkers, the oft-touted panacea for boosting new-car sales while lowering vehicle emissions and the nation’s motor injury and death toll, could be pu...
 

Capped fuel prices dubbed 'a bluff'

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Compulsory real time fuel price reporting for retailers in Tasmania is not regarded as particularly concerning by the industry's representative body. General Manager of the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Malcolm Little, has expressed suppor...
 

Capped fuel prices dubbed 'a bluff'

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Compulsory real time fuel price reporting for retailers in Tasmania is not regarded as particularly concerning by the industry's representative body. General Manager of the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Malcolm Little, has expressed suppor...
 

Free TAFE? Get real

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly poste...
 

Free TAFE? Get real

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly poste...
 

VACC boss calls for removal of TAFE automotive fees

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Victorian State Government’s recent announcements of ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly posted in newspapers and government...
 

VACC boss calls for removal of TAFE automotive fees

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Victorian State Government’s recent announcements of ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly posted in newspapers and government...
 

Free TAFE? Get real

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly poste...
 

Free TAFE? Get real

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly poste...
 

Victoria spruiking free TAFE courses not what they seem: VACC

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly...
 

Victoria spruiking free TAFE courses not what they seem: VACC

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly...
 

Victoria spruiking free TAFE courses not what they seem: VACC

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly poste...
 

Victoria spruiking free TAFE courses not what they seem: VACC

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Recent boastful announcements by the Victorian State Government spruiking ‘free’ TAFE courses are not what they seem, says peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). Extensive lists of TAFE courses have been publicly poste...
 

New Oz auto recycler guidelines set to go nationwide

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
VACC Industry Policy Advisor discusses new ‘Guidelines’ for the auto recycling industry in Australia. auto recycler guidelines oz Michael McKenna VACC feat four Michael McKenna Michael McKenna, Industry Policy Advisor from the Victorian...
 

New Oz auto recycler guidelines set to go nationwide

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
VACC Industry Policy Advisor discusses new ‘Guidelines’ for the auto recycling industry in Australia. auto recycler guidelines oz Michael McKenna VACC feat four Michael McKenna Michael McKenna, Industry Policy Advisor from the Victorian...
 

Media Arts Lawyers’ lists former North Melbourne HQ

Thursday, May 14, 2020
The North Melbourne terrace owned and until recently occupied by Media Arts Lawyers is for private sale asking $1.4 million. Daniel Johns, Gotye, Kylie Minogue, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tame Impala and Vance Joy are some of the artists the firm has acted...
 

VACC builds awareness that Auto is Open

Monday, May 11, 2020
The automotive industry remains open and ready to keep millions of Australian motorists on the road. That’s the message from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which has launched Auto is open, a multi-media community awareness...
 

Ad campaign: ‘We are open’

Friday, May 8, 2020
VACC takes initiative with ad campaign to let buyers know they can access auto businesses THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has taken the initiative with a wide-ranging advertising campaign across all main media in Victoria and...
 

Auto is open campaign launched

Friday, May 8, 2020
The automotive industry remains open and ready to keep millions of Australian motorists on the road. That’s the message from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which has launched Auto is open, a multi-media community awareness...
 

Car dealers look to JobKeeper recovery after trading shock

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Townsville car dealers are hoping for a JobKeeper-led recovery in sales as the industry endures some of the worst trading conditions in more than 20 years. Meanwhile, Townsville-based car lender Investor Central has announced it is lending again, albei...
 

New car sales crash by 50 per cent as coronavirus takes hold

Friday, May 1, 2020
Exclusive: New car sales crashed to a 20-year low in April, stripping more than $1 billion from the economy and putting thousands of jobs at risk. While official figures will not be released until Tuesday, confidential data obtained by News Corp...
 

Employment crisis for Victorian dealers

Friday, May 1, 2020
Industry calls for Spring Street to open relief packages for dealers or face mass job sackings VICTORIAN dealers must have access to government relief packages to be able to trade, collect taxes, employ people and contribute to their local communities,...
 

VACC-MTAA rethink dealer guidelines

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Auto retailers argue that turnover doesn’t equate to profit, dealers excluded from assistance MAJOR automotive industry bodies have today urged the federal government to exempt dealerships from turnover and employment thresholds that they say are...
 

Industry asks government to rethink COVID-19 dealer criteria

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) chief executive Richard Dudley is submitting a paper to the Federal Government calling for a rethink on the threshold and criteria of COVID-19 relief packages for the automotive sector. The paper is...
 

More than 12,000 apprentices lose job due to COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
On RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly More than 12,500 apprentices across the country have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic. It's sparked fears of a looming critical skills shortage in Australia. RN Breakfast invited Employment Minister Michaeli...
 

Industry leaders continue to lobby as COVID-19 threatens dealers

Monday, April 27, 2020
Calls for assistance from industry leaders has fallen on deaf ears as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the car dealership industry. With many dealerships struggling to remain open as government forced social distancing laws drive customers away, th...
 

VACC land tax relief

Friday, April 24, 2020
State government land tax relief fails to protect up to 70 per cent of dealerships: VACC LAND tax relief for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) has been welcomed by business associations but the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) said...
 

Apprentice shock: Hundreds out of work

Friday, April 24, 2020
Grim future unless more apprentices employed as auto industry labour force shrinks AUSTRALIA’S automotive industry is bracing for years of skills shortages as employers reduce apprentice numbers and the skilled workforce flow from overseas...
 

Gowans Motor Group sold to member of Tony White Group

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The Local Motor Group took over management of Gowans on March 2. LMG has renamed its outlets in Devonport and Burnie as Devonport and Burnie Toyota, Devonport and Burnie Isuzu and Devonport and Burnie Volkswagen. The Gowans Motor Group was founded in...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Car dealer finding new ways to battle virus

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Chris Mustica says the local economy has certainly taken a hit due to coronavirus. But Chris is determined to stay optimistic about the future and has faith that the region will come out at the other end of this pandemic, because country towns have...
 

Most dealerships will miss out on land tax relief

Thursday, April 16, 2020
The Victorian Government has announced land tax relief measures for small to medium-sized businesses, in a move welcomed as a step in the right direction by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). “Reforming commercial tenancy laws is...
 

The automotive industry is open for business

Thursday, April 16, 2020
The automotive industry has an important message for Australia’s fourteen million motorists: We’re open! According to peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) , which represents more than 5,000 members, the majority of autom...
 

Auto is open

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The automotive industry has an important message for Australia’s fourteen million motorists: We’re open. According to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) – which represents more than 5000 members – the majority of automotive businesses...
 

The Automotive industry is Open for Business

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
The automotive industry has an important message for Australia’s fourteen million motorists: We’re open! According to peak industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which represents more than 5,000 members, the majority of...
 

VACC tips to protect your car from COVID-19 induced isolation

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Thousands of Melburnians isolating themselves at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19 have been warned not to neglect their cars for months on end. The Victorian Automative Chamber of Commerce chief executive Geoff Gwilym warned that if left idle...
 

VACC tips to protect your car from COVID-19 induced isolation

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
VIC News VACC tips to protect your car from COVID-19 induced isolation Melbourne families isolating themselves at home have been warned cars left idle for months could have electric and brake issues when next used. But one simple tip can minimise the...
 

Ballarat auto industry adjusting to new roles

Sunday, April 12, 2020
With businesses of all sorts struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, other businesses have found their services even more crucial to those on the front line of assistance. One such industry is the automotive sector, which has had to battle with a rapi...
 

Open for business

Thursday, April 9, 2020
VACC reminds customers that most car dealerships and service centres are open MOST car dealerships and service centres remain open and ready to support Australia’s 14 million motorists with a range of measures to protect customers and staff, says...
 

Automotive industry is open for business

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The automotive industry has an important message for Australia’s fourteen million motorists: We’re open for business. According to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) – which represents more than 5000 members – the majority of automotiv...
 

Automotive industry is open for business

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The automotive industry has an important message for Australia’s fourteen million motorists: We’re open for business. According to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) – which represents more than 5000 members – the majority of automotiv...
 

VACC Says Most Automotive Businesses Are Open

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
According to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which represents over 5000 members, the majority of automotive businesses across the country remain open. “Car, motorcycle and farm machinery dealerships; automotive repair workshops;...
 

VACC on stand-down rule

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Industry body provides checkpoints for businesses on standing down staff amid COVID-19 crisis THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has revealed that it has been inundated with calls from some of its members about standing down staff...
 

Car dealers frozen out of government relief package

Monday, March 30, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says Prime Minister Morrison’s business hibernation package announced on March 27 doesn’t go far enough because many car dealers have been frozen out of the assistance thresholds. The rental and tax...
 

Is your car's warranty at risk if you skip a scheduled service?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Although they're designed to make your life easier in the long run, scheduled services can be a pain when they pop up out of nowhere and add to your living expenses. It's easy for an annual service to slip through the cracks. Before you know it, it's six ...
 

Is your car's warranty at risk if you skip a scheduled service?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
How much does servicing affect your warranty?Although they're designed to make your life easier in the long run, scheduled services can be a pain when they pop up out of nowhere and add to your living expenses. It's easy for an annual service to slip...
 

Is your car's warranty at risk if you skip a scheduled service?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
If your logbook isn't looking all that flash, here's what you need to know. Although they're designed to make your life easier in the long run, scheduled services can be a pain when they pop up out of nowhere and add to your living expenses. It's...
 

VACC: Auto Businesses In VIC Remain Open

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Automotive businesses across Victoria remain open currently, performing services that are keeping motorists and business operators moving. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which represents many of the state’s automotive businesses,...
 

VACC: Acknowledge automotive as an essential service

Monday, March 23, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce is calling for premier Andrews to acknowledge automotive as an essential service following his announcement of Step One measures imposed today to contain the spread of Covid-19. The premier’s announcement...
 

VACC: Acknowledge automotive as an essential service

Monday, March 23, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce is calling for premier Andrews to acknowledge automotive as an essential service following his announcement of Step One measures imposed today to contain the spread of Covid-19. The premier’s announcement...
 

Keep auto service, repair and sales open

Monday, March 23, 2020
Dealerships and service departments are low risk as well as being essential THE Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) has written to all state premiers urging decision-makers to recognise that the service/repair and parts departments of...
 

VACC: Automotive businesses must maximise social distancing

Monday, March 23, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is warning automotive businesses to take all care to maximise social distancing in the running of their business following the Step 1 measures imposed by premier Daniel Andrews today. The Premier’s...
 

Car depreciation limit confirmed for instant asset write-off

Friday, March 20, 2020
Advisory group cautions businesses holding hand out for instant asset write-off after buying a new car The VACC (Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce) has today disseminated advice from Fordham Business Advisors concerning the recently announced...
 

Auto Workplace Assist

Monday, March 16, 2020
Health and safety can be complex, high risk and costly for automotive business owners, who are constantly faced with changing laws and conditions that make workplace management a challenge. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) – which h...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie's $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie’s $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
QUESTION: I bought a used car from a reputable dealership in my suburb last month, and since then, it has caused me nothing but problems. The latest estimate to repair what is wrong with it is $22,000 which is more than I paid for the car itself (it...
 

Aussie’s $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie’s $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie’s $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie’s $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

Aussie’s $45k dodgy used car nightmare

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Welcome to Sisters In Law, news.com.au's weekly column solving all of your legal problems. This week, our resident lawyers and real-life sisters Alison and Jillian Barrett from Maurice Blackburn tackle your legal rights when it comes to dodgy used...
 

VACC launches Auto Workplace Assist

Friday, March 13, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the upcoming implementation of workplace manslaughter laws in the state from July 1, means that now is a very good time to check and ensure compliance. It has launched a new national product to...
 

VACC launches Auto Workplace Assist

Friday, March 13, 2020
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the upcoming implementation of workplace manslaughter laws in the state from July 1, means that now is a very good time to check and ensure compliance. It has launched a new national product to...
 

Rise of cloned plates used in violent crimes

Sunday, March 8, 2020
True Crime Rise of cloned plates used in violent crimes It's a sneaky tactic reserved by crims to help commit some of the most serious crimes, and you might not even know your victim of this brazen scheme until police knock on your door. More than...
 

Rise of cloned plates used in violent crimes

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Black market cloned number plates are being sold for up to $200 in a racket being exploited by high-level criminals. More than 20,000 number plates were stolen from October 2018 to September 2019, compared with 12,964 in the same period in 2014-15. The...
 

VACC technical services expanded

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
VACC Technical Services has launched a new era of product offerings that will change the automotive technical information game in Australia. VACC has signed a multi-year deal with the famous British-based Haynes Publishing Group, bringing to market a...
 

Consignment sales ban hurts Vic dealers

Friday, February 28, 2020
VACC calls for ability to sell via consignment and create a level playing field on stamp duty VICTORIAN dealers and the state government are losing out on sales and millions of dollars in revenue because of an inconsistency in the Victorian law on...
 

farmmachinerysales.com.au: Equipment dealers miss out in franchising deal

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Equipment dealers miss out in franchising deal
farmmachinerysales.com.au, 21 Feb 2020

New franchise agreement only applies to car selling businesses A new Franchising Code of Conduct for the automotive industry over a decade in the making is close to being signed, sealed and delivered…but only dealerships selling predominantly new cars...
 

constructionsales.com.au: Equipment dealers miss out in franchising deal

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Equipment dealers miss out in franchising deal
constructionsales.com.au, 21 Feb 2020

New franchise agreement only applies to car selling businesses A new Franchising Code of Conduct for the automotive industry over a decade in the making is close to being signed, sealed and delivered…but only dealerships selling predominantly new cars...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: VACC: draft code as good as hoped

Thursday, February 20, 2020
VACC: draft code as good as hoped
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 20 Feb 2020

Franchise code ‘as best as we could have anticipated’ to protect dealers but more work needed THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the draft franchising code is “as best as we could have anticipated” with direct benefits to...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Court win for $2.9m stamp duty charge

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Court win for $2.9m stamp duty charge
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 20 Feb 2020

Tourist rentals group wins in stamp duty case and opens door to end of ‘super luxury car’ tax The ‘super luxury car tax’ stamp duty charged by Victorian and Queensland state governments is on notice after a successful $2.9 million win in the High Court...
 

Auto Talk: Holden exit disappoints VACC

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Holden exit disappoints VACC
Auto Talk, 17 Feb 2020

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is saddened by the announcement that General Motors retiring the Holden brand by year’s end. Holden’s devotees and car-buyers are no doubt devastated, but according to VACC this is not the end of the...
 

The National Collision Repairer: WinA champions Aussie motorsport for International Women’s Day

Monday, February 17, 2020
WinA champions Aussie motorsport for International Women’s Day
The National Collision Repairer, 17 Feb 2020

Women in Automotive (WinA), a special interest group of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), is proud to announce their International Women’s Day Breakfast, to be held Thursday, 5 March at the Royce Hotel in Melbourne. The event will...
 

3AW, Melbourne: Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Caller Glen wants to know about the latest model of
3AW, Melbourne, Nights, Dennis Walter, 13 Feb 2020 9:42:56 PM

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Caller Glen wants to know about the latest model of the Holden Colorado. Maric says he's a big fan of the Colorado, but it lacks some technology and features that are available in other new cars in the same segment. He adds he also likes the Ford Raptor. [cont]
 

3AW, Melbourne: Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Caller Frank says he's looking to buy a new dual cab
3AW, Melbourne, Nights, Dennis Walter, 13 Feb 2020 9:41:53 PM

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Caller Frank says he's looking to buy a new dual cab with a budget of $50,000. He adds his choices are down to the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado and Mitsubishi Triton. Maric suggests that Frank buys the Triton because it has a super select four-wheel-drive system. [cont]
 

3AW, Melbourne: Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Walter asks if panel beaters are disappearing. Gwily
3AW, Melbourne, Nights, Dennis Walter, 13 Feb 2020 9:36:01 PM

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Walter asks if panel beaters are disappearing. Gwilym says the answer is both yes and no. He continues Australia still have a million repairs on cars every year. He thinks the younger generation has been convinced to go to university, noting kids have multiple degrees but jobs are scarce. Instead, Gwilym states there are panel beating jobs, automotive and body repair vacancies. Walter explains there is a demand for panel beaters, but there is no staff. Maric agrees, saying members and industry participants want to bring in international labour into Australia. He mentions he supports this, but he also wanted to make sure that the country grows its own young male and female apprentices. Maric says he had the chance to tour the Zagame Body Shop, noting it is near the Melbourne Airport. He mentions Zagame does a lot of high-end cars and they have highly trained body repairers and panel beaters that can handle cars like Lamborghinis and bring them back up to production spectrum. Gwilym states the range of pay for panel beaters is also immense, noting those at the top can even earn up to $100,000. [cont]
 

3AW, Melbourne: Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Walter notes Steve Johnston from Suncorp said in the
3AW, Melbourne, Nights, Dennis Walter, 13 Feb 2020 9:39:14 PM

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Walter notes Steve Johnston from Suncorp said in the Financial Review that motor vehicles won't have accidents in 10 years. Maric thinks it's possible if all motor vehicles had safety technology. Gwilym points out wildlife like kangaroos could cause accidents. He notes Australia's automotive fleet stands at 19 million vehicles. Maric recalls the time someone reversed into his Tesla. He believes people need to be aware of their surroundings to help avoid accidents. He points out Teslas have great cameras. [cont]
 

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexpert.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Walter asks if panel beaters are disappearing. Gwilym says the answer is both yes and no. He continues Australia still have a million repairs on cars every year. He thinks the younger generation has been convinced to go to university, noting kids have multiple degrees but jobs are scarce. Instead, Gwilym states there are panel beating jobs, automotive and body repair vacancies. Walter explains there is a demand for panel beaters, but there is no staff. Maric agrees, saying members and industry participants want to bring in international labour into Australia. He mentions he supports this, but he also wanted to make sure that the country grows its own young male and female apprentices. Maric says he had the chance to tour the Zagame Body Shop, noting it is near the Melbourne Airport. He mentions Zagame does a lot of high-end cars and they have highly trained body repairers and panel beaters that can handle cars like Lamborghinis and bring them back up to production spectrum. Gwilym states the range of pay for panel beaters is also immense, noting those at the top can even earn up to $100,000. [cont]
 

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexpert.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Walter notes Steve Johnston from Suncorp said in the Financial Review that motor vehicles won't have accidents in 10 years. Maric thinks it's possible if all motor vehicles had safety technology. Gwilym points out wildlife like kangaroos could cause accidents. He notes Australia's automotive fleet stands at 19 million vehicles. Maric recalls the time someone reversed into his Tesla. He believes people need to be aware of their surroundings to help avoid accidents. He points out Teslas have great cameras. [cont]
 

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexperts.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Caller Frank says he's looking to buy a new dual cab with a budget of $50,000. He adds his choices are down to the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado and Mitsubishi Triton. Maric suggests that Frank buys the Triton because it has a super select four-wheel-drive system. [cont]
 

Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from ...

Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing Regular Segment: Motoring Advice with Paul Maric from carexpert.com.au and Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Caller Glen wants to know about the latest model of the Holden Colorado. Maric says he's a big fan of the Colorado, but it lacks some technology and features that are available in other new cars in the same segment. He adds he also likes the Ford Raptor. [cont]
 

Auto Talk: VACC says luxury car tax “unfair”

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
VACC says luxury car tax “unfair”
Auto Talk, 03 Feb 2020

Automotive peak body Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the Federal Government should abolish luxury car tax (LCT) in its post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. VACC says it’s time to drop what it claims is an “unfair...
 

autotalk.co.nz: VACC says luxury car tax “unfair”

Friday, January 31, 2020
VACC says luxury car tax “unfair”
autotalk.co.nz, 31 Jan 2020

Automotive peak body Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) says the Federal Government should abolish luxury car tax (LCT) in its post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.VACC says it’s time to drop what it claims is an “unfair...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Dashcam workshop warning

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Dashcam workshop warning
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 09 Jan 2020

VACC flags concern over dashcam recordings while customer cars are being repaired UNAUTHORISED recordings of the inside of workshops or business premises by customer cars fitted with dashcams have been raised as a concern by VACC members. These...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Dutiable value causing issues: VACC

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Dutiable value causing issues: VACC
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 05 Dec 2019

Dealers face further income hits with Victorian government plan to change duty fees PROPOSED changes by Victoria’s State Revenue Office on how a vehicle’s value is determined for tax purposes has set off alarm bells at the state’s peak dealer body, the...
 

Automotive Dealer Magazine: GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES MANDATORY DATA SHARING

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES MANDATORY DATA SHARING
Automotive Dealer Magazine, 04 Dec 2019

In a move that has ramifications for service departments across the country, the Australian Government has announced it will introduce a mandatory data sharing law for service and repair information. The government announced its decision during a...
 

NEWS.com.au: Almost 1.2 million cars in Australia now affected by world’s biggest automotive recall for Takata airbags

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Almost 1.2 million cars in Australia now affected by world’s biggest automotive recall for Takata airbags
NEWS.com.au, 21 Nov 2019

ONLY a fraction of the 1.2 million cars on Australia roads with airbags that can spray shrapnel have been fixed, new figures show. THE number of cars in Australia affected by the world’s biggest automotive recall for deadly airbags that can spray...
 

Blogs: Women in auto recruitment guide released

Monday, November 18, 2019
Women in auto recruitment guide released
Blogs, 17 Nov 2019

Women in Automotive (WinA), a special interest group of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), has released a business guide to inform and assist decision makers to attract, recruit and retain women in the Australian automotive industry. The...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: Women in auto recruitment guide released

Monday, November 18, 2019
Women in auto recruitment guide released
paintandpanel.com.au, 18 Nov 2019

Women in Automotive (WinA), a special interest group of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), has released a business guide to inform and assist decision-makers to attract, recruit and retain women in the Australian automotive...
 

The National Collision Repairer: Women in auto recruitment guide released

Monday, November 18, 2019
Women in auto recruitment guide released
The National Collision Repairer, 17 Nov 2019

Women in Automotive (WinA), a special interest group of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), has released a business guide to inform and assist decision makers to attract, recruit and retain women in the Australian automotive...
 

Motoring.com.au: VACC tackles gender equality

Saturday, November 16, 2019
VACC tackles gender equality
Motoring.com.au, 15 Nov 2019

New e-book advises auto industry how to attract, recruit and retain women The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has released a practical guide to help Australia’s male-dominated car industry achieve gender balance. Launched at a sold-ou...
 

Carsales.com.au: VACC tackles gender equality

Saturday, November 16, 2019
VACC tackles gender equality
Carsales.com.au, 15 Nov 2019

New e-book advises auto industry how to attract, recruit and retain women The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has released a practical guide to help Australia’s male-dominated car industry achieve gender balance. Launched at a sold-ou...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Draft franchise statement ‘disappoints’

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Draft franchise statement ‘disappoints’
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 14 Nov 2019

Specific code of conduct remains vital to protect dealers, say industry bodies A DRAFT statement from the federal government on franchising shows little regard for problems specific to the motor industry and poorly addresses the need for a separate...
 

Auto Talk: Women in automotive key to effective business

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Women in automotive key to effective business
Auto Talk, 14 Nov 2019

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and its advocacy group has published a guide to assist automotive businesses to employ more women. The Women in Automotive group, established by the VACC 20 years ago, says increasing the diversity of...
 

acapmag.com.au: Petrol switch to leave 750,000 motorists out of pocket

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Petrol switch to leave 750,000 motorists out of pocket
acapmag.com.au, 12 Nov 2019

UP TO 750,000 drivers in NSW will be forced to pay at least $150 more for petrol each year when the government bans regular unleaded petrol in July. NSW is the only government in Australia to ban regular unleaded petrol and replace it with fuel blended...
 

The Land Australia: Petrol switch to leave 750,000 motorists out of pocket

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Petrol switch to leave 750,000 motorists out of pocket
The Land Australia, 12 Nov 2019

UP TO 750,000 drivers in NSW will be forced to pay at least $150 more for petrol each year when the government bans regular unleaded petrol in July. NSW is the only government in Australia to ban regular unleaded petrol and replace it with fuel blende...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Women in Automotive boost

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Women in Automotive boost
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 07 Nov 2019

Guide aims to make it easier to get more women employed in the auto industry THE Australian automotive industry has stated it wants to employ more women but has failed to attract them to apply for roles. Now there is an easy guide to help women access...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Care needed on ACL

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Care needed on ACL
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 07 Nov 2019

ACCC action against Mazda sparks VACC bulletin to members about dealer obligations THE peak Victorian automotive industry body, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), has reminded dealers and OEMs of their obligations under the Australian...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: New mandatory data sharing law to transform repair industry

Monday, November 4, 2019
New mandatory data sharing law to transform repair industry
paintandpanel.com.au, 04 Nov 2019

In a landmark day for the Australian vehicle service and repair industry, the Australian Government has announced they will introduce a mandatory data sharing law. To ensure fair competition for small businesses and consumers a mandatory data sharing...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: Data sharing gets big tick

Monday, November 4, 2019
Data sharing gets big tick
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 03 Nov 2019

Independents to get access to OEM service data but the rules are still to be worked out THE automotive industry has given its collective thumbs up to the data sharing green light announced last week by the federal government, but all parties agree ther...
 

The National Collision Repairer: New mandatory data sharing law to transform automotive repair industry

Saturday, November 2, 2019
New mandatory data sharing law to transform automotive repair industry
The National Collision Repairer, 30 Oct 2019

In a landmark day for the Australian vehicle service and repair industry, the Australian Government has announced they will introduce a mandatory data sharing law. To ensure fair competition for small businesses and consumers a mandatory data sharing...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: VicRoads going private

Thursday, October 31, 2019
VicRoads going private
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 31 Oct 2019

VACC demands guarantees that privatisation will not cut service or alter fees The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has put its weight behind plans to privatise part of the state’s transport department but cautions against interference on...
 

Body Shop News: Mandatory Data Sharing Law Locked In For Australia

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Mandatory Data Sharing Law Locked In For Australia
Body Shop News, 30 Oct 2019

The Australian government has announced that it will introduce a mandatory data sharing law. The data sharing law will allow independent workshops access to all motor vehicle service and repair information for a price. The Australian Automotive...
 

transporttalk.com.au: Government confirms mandatory automotive data-sharing laws coming

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Government confirms mandatory automotive data-sharing laws coming
transporttalk.com.au, 30 Oct 2019

The federal government has confirmed a mandatory servicing and repair data-sharing scheme will become law. Assistant treasurer Michael Sukkar’s office has released a statement confirming the “Coalition Government is committed to progressing the design ...
 

GoAuto: Mandatory data-sharing to be law

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Mandatory data-sharing to be law
GoAuto, 29 Oct 2019

Win for independent auto repairers as government announces data share scheme THE federal government has announced it will push ahead with mandatory data-sharing laws in a victory for independent vehicle repairers who have waged a 12-year battle for the...
 

Auto Talk: Government confirms mandatory automotive data-sharing laws coming

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Government confirms mandatory automotive data-sharing laws coming
Auto Talk, 29 Oct 2019

The federal government has confirmed a mandatory servicing and repair data-sharing scheme will become law. Assistant treasurer Michael Sukkar’s office has released a statement confirming the “Coalition Government is committed to progressing the design ...
 

unsealed4x4.com.au: Mandatory Data Sharing Law to be Introduced…independent workshops cheering

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Mandatory Data Sharing Law to be Introduced…independent workshops cheering
unsealed4x4.com.au, 29 Oct 2019

The introduction of mandatory data sharing law will force car makers to share service and repair information with independent workshops. Australian car owners will soon be able to choose their vehicle repairer knowing they’ll have access to the latest...
 

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association: New Mandatory Data Sharing Law to Transform Automotive Repair Industry

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
New Mandatory Data Sharing Law to Transform Automotive Repair Industry
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, 29 Oct 2019

In a landmark day for the Australian vehicle service and repair industry, the Australian Government has today announced they will introduce a mandatory data sharing law. To ensure fair competition for small businesses and consumers a mandatory data...
 

Auto Talk: Automotive business hollowing out in Melbourne

Monday, October 28, 2019
Automotive business hollowing out in Melbourne
Auto Talk, 28 Oct 2019

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce has sounded a warning that Melbourne’s automotive industry is starting to echo in all the wrong ways. The chamber has found a fifth of Melbourne’s metropolitan automotive small-medium businesses have closed...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: POS: dealers need to prepare

Thursday, October 24, 2019
POS: dealers need to prepare
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 24 Oct 2019

FME Financial Services takes lead in offering ACL coverage for business managers MANY of Australia’s dealer groups are preparing for a new regime under which all those in the dealership selling finance will have to operate under an Australian credit...
 

Auto Talk: Royal commission could force consumer spending increase

Monday, October 14, 2019
Royal commission could force consumer spending increase
Auto Talk, 14 Oct 2019

New car buyers financing their next new car could be forced into a higher interest rate or to shop overseas if point-of-sale exemptions are made law. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and Australian Retailers Association are warning the...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: VACC supports Women and Leadership Australia scholarships

Monday, October 14, 2019
VACC supports Women and Leadership Australia scholarships
paintandpanel.com.au, 14 Oct 2019

Women in Automotive (WinA), a special interest group of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, is proud to support Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), as a sponsor of their ‘Elevate Initiative’ – a program designed for women working in the...
 

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Monday, October 14, 2019
[@Scott Murray] - [63 followers] - [Following 425 others]:
Bringing joy to the world. Congratulations @Motorclassica for a decade of making all our troubles seem so far away. #yesterday @LorbekLuxCars @MINI @Nissan_Aus @CitroenAust @MazdaAus @Porsche @Benz_australia @BentleyMotors @vaccofficial @Ferrari @Lamborghini @abarth https://t.co/Y7pMh4JXUN
Twitter, 11 Oct 2019

Bringing joy to the world. Congratulations @Motorclassica for a decade of making all our troubles seem so far away. #yesterday @LorbekLuxCars @MINI @Nissan_Aus @CitroenAust @MazdaAus @Porsche @Benz_australia @BentleyMotors @vaccofficial @Ferrari @Lamborghini @abarth https://t.co/Y7pMh4JXUN
 

Triple M Bendigo, Bendigo: VicRoads is now being asked to suspend the registrations of vehic...

Monday, October 14, 2019
VicRoads is now being asked to suspend the registrations of vehicles with faulty airbags, as over 425,000 cars on the roads are awaiting repairs on their airbags. More than 3 million cars in Australia
Triple M Bendigo, Bendigo, 06:30 Local News, 14 Oct 2019 6:35:03 AM

VicRoads is now being asked to suspend the registrations of vehicles with faulty airbags, as over 425,000 cars on the roads are awaiting repairs on their airbags. More than 3 million cars in Australia already had their airbags replaced. VACC's Geoff Gwilym says people ignoring repair needs could be driving in a death trap.
 

motorbikewriter.com: How will direct importing affect riders?

Friday, October 11, 2019
How will direct importing affect riders?
motorbikewriter.com, 11 Oct 2019

Ducati is the latest manufacturer to announce it will take over the direct import of its bikes into Australia from local company NF Importers next year. It follows a similar announcement by KTM/Husqvarna earlier this year and Harley-Davidson about 15...
 

7news.com.au: Calls for Victorian car registrations to be cancelled for drivers who ignore airbag recall

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Calls for Victorian car registrations to be cancelled for drivers who ignore airbag recall
7news.com.au, 09 Oct 2019

Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:32 am Play Video Airbag scandal could force drivers off the road Melbourne drivers are facing a radical push to force thousands of cars off the road in the fallout from the Takata airbag scandal. The Victorian Automobile...
 

whichcar.com.au: Why electric cars are a disaster for manufacturing jobs

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Why electric cars are a disaster for manufacturing jobs
whichcar.com.au, 10 Oct 2019

How EVs are set to change the car-making landscape for better and for worse Holden bodies in waiting - back when they used to make them in Australia Consider the powertrain in your car: the engine and related components, such as the transmission,...
 

Brisbane Times: From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard
Brisbane Times, 09 Oct 2019

First published in The Age on October 11, 1974 Major stores 'no' to the Bankcard Melbourne's big department stores yesterday rejected the Bankcard credit system. An example of the new Bankcard, released in a 1974 trial.. There are no food retailers...
 

The Age: From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard
The Age, 09 Oct 2019

First published in The Age on October 11, 1974 Major stores 'no' to the Bankcard Melbourne's big department stores yesterday rejected the Bankcard credit system. An example of the new Bankcard, released in a 1974 trial.. There are no food retailers...
 

WA Today: From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard
WA Today, 09 Oct 2019

First published in The Age on October 11, 1974 Major stores 'no' to the Bankcard Melbourne's big department stores yesterday rejected the Bankcard credit system. An example of the new Bankcard, released in a 1974 trial.. There are no food retailers...
 

Sydney Morning Herald: From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
From the Archives, 1974: Major stores and unions reject Bankcard
Sydney Morning Herald, 09 Oct 2019

First published in The Age on October 11, 1974 Major stores 'no' to the Bankcard Melbourne's big department stores yesterday rejected the Bankcard credit system. An example of the new Bankcard, released in a 1974 trial.. There are no food retailers...
 

3AW: Faulty Takata airbags: VicRoads urged to suspend car registrations

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Faulty Takata airbags: VicRoads urged to suspend car registrations
3AW, 09 Oct 2019

Victorian drivers could have their car registrations cancelled for failing to get faulty Takata airbags fixed. Airbags in more than 3 million cars across the country have been replaced, but there are still 425,000 cars at risk, including 20,000...
 

Bendigo Advertiser: Takata airbag recall: VicRoads urged to suspend vehicle registrations

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Takata airbag recall: VicRoads urged to suspend vehicle registrations
Bendigo Advertiser, 09 Oct 2019

THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce has called on VicRoads to suspend vehicle registrations for owners ignoring Takata airbag recall notifications. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued an urgent safety alert on Friday for...
 

Auto Talk: VACC: VicRoads must block Takata registration

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
VACC: VicRoads must block Takata registration
Auto Talk, 08 Oct 2019

The Vitorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says Victoria’s roads authority must act now to prevent injury or death resulting from a faulty Takata airbag. The VACC says VicRoads needs to follow other states in blocking re-registration of vehicle VIN...
 

transporttalk.com.au: VACC: VicRoads must block Takata registration

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
VACC: VicRoads must block Takata registration
transporttalk.com.au, 08 Oct 2019

The Vitorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says Victoria’s roads authority must act now to prevent injury or death resulting from a faulty Takata airbag. The VACC says VicRoads needs to follow other states in blocking re-registration of vehicle VIN...
 

transporttalk.com.au: VACC: technicians programme could fill gaps

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
VACC: technicians programme could fill gaps
transporttalk.com.au, 02 Oct 2019

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says Techs On The Move could be the solution automotive businesses need to solve immediate skills shortages. With roughly 27,000-30,000 automotive trade job spaces waiting to be filled in Australia’s auto...
 

nationaltribune.com.au: SAE-A keeps watch on Engineers Bill

Monday, September 30, 2019
SAE-A keeps watch on Engineers Bill
nationaltribune.com.au, 30 Sep 2019

Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia The Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia (SAE-A), the Asia Pacific body for mobility engineers, is keeping a close watch on Victoria’s Professional Engineers Registration Bill. Chairman and CEO...
 

miragenews.com: SAE-A keeps watch on Engineers Bill

Monday, September 30, 2019
SAE-A keeps watch on Engineers Bill
miragenews.com, 30 Sep 2019

The Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia (SAE-A), the Asia Pacific body for mobility engineers, is keeping a close watch on Victoria’s Professional Engineers Registration Bill. Chairman and CEO Adrian Feeney said the Bill should not have any...
 

Medianet: SAE-A keeps watch on Engineers Bill

Monday, September 30, 2019
SAE-A keeps watch on Engineers Bill
Medianet, 30 Sep 2019

The Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia (SAE-A), the Asia Pacific body for mobility engineers, is keeping a close watch on Victoria’s Professional Engineers Registration Bill. Chairman and CEO Adrian Feeney said the Bill should not have any...
 

Auto Talk: VACC: technicians program could fill gaps

Thursday, September 26, 2019
VACC: technicians program could fill gaps
Auto Talk, 26 Sep 2019

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says Techs On The Move could be the solution automotive businesses need to solve immediate skills shortages. With roughly 27,000-30,000 automotive trade job spaces waiting to be filled in Australia’s auto...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: VACC questions land tax surge

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
VACC questions land tax surge
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 14 Sep 2019

Auto businesses urged to outline the impact of land taxes on their bottom line VICTORIAN businesses are being crippled by enormous increases in land tax that in some cases have rocketed by more than 100 per cent within the past 12 months, according to...
 

WEB GoAutoNews Premium: VACC exec McKenna on state ‘tax’ council

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
VACC exec McKenna on state ‘tax’ council
WEB GoAutoNews Premium, 14 Sep 2019

VACC wins seat on Victorian government’s tax council as land tax becomes major issue THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has strengthened its relationship with the Andrews government with the appointment this month of VACC LMCT policy...
 

Auto Talk: AutoTalk magazine is available for download now!

Thursday, September 5, 2019
AutoTalk magazine is available for download now!
Auto Talk, 05 Sep 2019

Which is why the Australian Automotive Dealer Association wants to see all dealer principals, sales managers and directors of franchised new car retailers at the 2019 Dealer Convention in Melbourne this month. We’ve got a preview of that. Also in the...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: Chisholm TAFE and VACC training alliance

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Chisholm TAFE and VACC training alliance
paintandpanel.com.au, 30 Aug 2019

Automotive training has just received a significant boost with the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and Chisholm Institute signing a memorandum of understanding today. From next year, the two organisations will cooperate in providing...
 

Blogs: Auto training giants join forces to boost sector

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Auto training giants join forces to boost sector
Blogs, 27 Aug 2019

Automotive training has just received a significant boost with the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and Chisholm Institute signing a Memorandum of Understanding. From next year, the two organisations will cooperate in providing long-term tr...
 

Mozo: AFCA gives Aussie motorists back the right to choose their repairer

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
AFCA gives Aussie motorists back the right to choose their repairer
Mozo, 27 Aug 2019

So your car is out of commission after an accident and you have to find another mode of transport to get to work or pick up your kids from school. That inconvenience is stressful and time-consuming enough - and now your car insurer has refused the...
 

australianpropertyjournal.com.au: Property sales and leasing transactions wrap

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Property sales and leasing transactions wrap
australianpropertyjournal.com.au, 25 Aug 2019

A WRAP up of commercial property, development site sales and leasing transactions across Australia.IndustrialWesley Ct, Burwood East, VIC Singapore-listed Wing Tai Holdings has acquired the 10,000 sqm data centre for $50 million from a private...
 

powertorque.com.au: Engineer’s Bill lacks industry consultation | TRANSPORT NEWS

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Engineer’s Bill lacks industry consultation | TRANSPORT NEWS
powertorque.com.au, 22 Aug 2019

Individual engineers in Victoria will be forced to pay exorbitant mandatory registration fees if a new proposed Bill is adopted by the Parliament of Victoria. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), on behalf of its Commercial Vehicle...
 

The National Collision Repairer: Landmark ruling puts ‘choice’ back into motorists’ hands

Monday, August 19, 2019
Landmark ruling puts ‘choice’ back into motorists’ hands
The National Collision Repairer, 19 Aug 2019

Australian motorists have been given a significant boost with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) recently enforcing genuine choice in motor vehicle insurance policies, instructing a car insurer to use a motorist’s choice of repairer,...
 

transporttalk.com.au: Professional engineers bill remains under-studied

Monday, August 19, 2019
Professional engineers bill remains under-studied
transporttalk.com.au, 19 Aug 2019

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce is warning the automotive industry about the lack of consultation for the state government’s proposed Professional Engineers Registration Bill. The proposed PERB legislation aims to establish a registrar...
 

Auto Talk: Professional engineers bill remains under-studied

Monday, August 19, 2019
Professional engineers bill remains under-studied
Auto Talk, 19 Aug 2019

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce is warning the automotive industry about the lack of consultation for the state government’s proposed Professional Engineers Registration Bill. The proposed PERB legislation aims to establish a registrar...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: Landmark ruling on choice of repairer

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Landmark ruling on choice of repairer
paintandpanel.com.au, 18 Aug 2019

Australian motorists have been given a significant boost with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) recently enforcing genuine choice in motor vehicle insurance policies, the body instructing a car insurer to use a motorist’s choice of...
 

Motoring.com.au: Government promises fairer car retailing

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Government promises fairer car retailing
Motoring.com.au, 15 Aug 2019

But lobby groups argue it won't be that simple The federal government has committed to reforming the automotive retail sector in Australia, hot on the heels of a call from consumer advocate Choice for car companies to implement a 60-day refund measure...
 

Carsales.com.au: Government promises fairer car retailing

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Government promises fairer car retailing
Carsales.com.au, 15 Aug 2019

But lobby groups argue it won't be that simple The federal government has committed to reforming the automotive retail sector in Australia, hot on the heels of a call from consumer advocate Choice for car companies to implement a 60-day refund measure...
 

Auto Talk: Ballarat dealer says current model ‘unsustainable’

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Ballarat dealer says current model ‘unsustainable’
Auto Talk, 01 Aug 2019

Carworks dealer principal Carl Morandi says the economic conditions his and other franchised dealerships are forced to operate under are ‘unsustainable’. Morandi tells AutoTalk this week the financial constraints placed on the dealer business model...
 

docklandsnews.com.au: Fox’s classic car collection moved out

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Fox’s classic car collection moved out
docklandsnews.com.au, 31 Jul 2019

By Sean CarTrucking giant Lindsay Fox’s classic car collection in the historic Queen’s Warehouse has been stored away for up to four years and the building left vacant, while remediation of the adjacent site takes place. The Fox Classic Car Collection...
 

The National Collision Repairer: Panellists announced for the Capricorn "Futures Collide" Conference

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Panellists announced for the Capricorn "Futures Collide" Conference
The National Collision Repairer, 30 Jun 2019

Just under one month remains before the inaugural “Futures Collide” Collision Repair Conference takes place at the Novotel Melbourne-on-Collins on Saturday August 10. There is still time for collision repairers from across Australia and New Zealand...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: Capricorn conference speakers announced

Monday, July 22, 2019
Capricorn conference speakers announced
paintandpanel.com.au, 22 Jul 2019

Just under one month remains before the inaugural “Futures Collide” Collision Repair Conference takes place at the centrally located Novotel Melbourne On Collins on Saturday August 10. There is still time for collision repairers from Victoria, across...
 

motorbikewriter.com: Motorcycle veteran’s blunt critique of industry

Friday, July 12, 2019
Motorcycle veteran’s blunt critique of industry
motorbikewriter.com, 12 Jul 2019

Retired and honoured motorcycle industry veteran Stuart Strickland has delivered blunt criticism of the industry and the dictators who make motorcycle businesses “unsaleable”. His comments are part of an exclusive, wide-ranging and quite blunt critiqu...
 

Big Rigs: HM Gem Engines celebrates HM Gem Engines celebrates

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
HM Gem Engines celebrates HM Gem Engines celebrates
Big Rigs, 09 Jul 2019

CITY of Greater Dandenong business HM Gem Engines has been awarded Best Engine Reconditioner (large business), in the prestigious Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce Industry Awards. Thirty-six elite businesses and business people were announced...
 

powertorque.com.au: Hauling in the Awards | TRANSPORT NEWS

Friday, July 5, 2019
Hauling in the Awards | TRANSPORT NEWS
powertorque.com.au, 05 Jul 2019

Complete Body Craft (Rutherglen, Victoria) is celebrating its second consecutive year award win for the Best Heavy Haulage Tow Operator (Statewide) at the annual gala dinner and awards night organised by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of...
 

powertorque.com.au: HM Gem Engines wins elite industry award | TRANSPORT NEWS

Friday, July 5, 2019
HM Gem Engines wins elite industry award | TRANSPORT NEWS
powertorque.com.au, 05 Jul 2019

City of Greater Dandenong business, HM Gem Engines has been awarded Best Engine Reconditioner (large business), in the prestigious 2019 VACC Industry Awards. The awards recognised 36 elite businesses and business people and are dedicated to the...
 

Star Community: High honour for Cranbourne auto business

Friday, July 5, 2019
High honour for Cranbourne auto business
Star Community, 04 Jul 2019

Robert and Michelle Friend with their trophy for Best Auto Electrical in the 2019 VACC Industry Awards. By Danielle Kutchel Cranbourne Auto Electrical & Mechanical has been crowned Best Auto Electrical in the 2019 VACC Industry Awards. On Saturday...
 

GoAuto: VACC wins duty relief

Thursday, July 4, 2019
VACC wins duty relief
GoAuto, 01 Jul 2019

Vic govt accepts that lifting stamp duty on cars already ordered was unfair to buyers THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce ( VACC) has pulled off a major victory for its LMCT new- and used-car dealers, with the state treasurer accepting...
 

riverineherald.com.au: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
riverineherald.com.au, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

riverineherald.com.au: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
riverineherald.com.au, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

campaspenews.com.au: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
campaspenews.com.au, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

Shepparton News Online: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
Shepparton News Online, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

benallaensign.com.au: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
benallaensign.com.au, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

corowafreepress.com.au: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
corowafreepress.com.au, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

kyfreepress.com.au: Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Matt McIntosh and team at Echuca-Moama's service
kyfreepress.com.au, 03 Jul 2019

ECHUCA Service Centre and Echuca 4X4 was crowned the best in the business at the 2019 VACC industry awards last month. The business took out the category of best mechanical, light vehicle and was among 36 Victorian businesses and owners in the...
 

3AW, Melbourne: McCallum is joined by James Talia, state reporter. McCallum says ...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
McCallum is joined by James Talia, state reporter. McCallum says as Tom [Elliott] was adamant during the State Budget, one of the huge losers out of the Budget was those in the market for an electric
3AW, Melbourne, Drive, Nick McCallum, 02 Jul 2019 5:24:18 PM

McCallum is joined by James Talia, state reporter. McCallum says as Tom [Elliott] was adamant during the State Budget, one of the huge losers out of the Budget was those in the market for an electric car. He states as of 1 July, anyone who bought a car over $100,000 is going to be faced with a new tax. He says car dealers argued it was going to drive the number of safe and fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. He states it now appears the State Government amended part of this policy. Talia says the VACC, which is a peak body for the automotive industry in Victoria, is pleased that they have had a hearing from Treasurer Tim Pallas on this. Talia states the Opposition is portraying it as the Government being arrogant. He says Pallas is on holiday.
 

industryupdate.com.au: ENGINE REMANUFACTURER WINS INDUSTRY AWARD

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
ENGINE REMANUFACTURER WINS INDUSTRY AWARD
industryupdate.com.au, 02 Jul 2019

HM Gem Engines of Dandenong, Victoria has been awarded Best Engine Reconditioner (large business) at the 2019 VACC Industry Awards. It was one of 36 businesses and business people announced as winners of the premier prize of the Victorian automotive...
 

GoAuto: VACC wins duty relief

Monday, July 1, 2019
VACC wins duty relief
GoAuto, 01 Jul 2019

Vic govt accepts that lifting stamp duty on cars already ordered was unfair to buyers THE Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has pulled off a major victory for its LMCT new- and used-car dealers, with the state treasurer accepting...
 

paintandpanel.com.au: VACC 2019 award winners

Monday, July 1, 2019
VACC 2019 award winners
paintandpanel.com.au, 01 Jul 2019

Thirty-six elite businesses and business people have been announced as winners in the 2019 VACC Industry Awards, the premier prize dedicated to the Victorian automotive industry. Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Chief Executive Officer,...
 

GoAuto: Carworks takes more honours

Friday, June 28, 2019
Carworks takes more honours
GoAuto, 27 Jun 2019

Renault dealer in Ballarat adds to its awards tally with best VACC new-car dealer for 2019 CARWORKS Ballarat Renault has added yet another award to its tally of accolades by winning the Best New Car Dealer award at the recent 2019 VACC Industry...
 

Auto Talk: VACC announces best Victorian auto businesses

Thursday, June 27, 2019
VACC announces best Victorian auto businesses
Auto Talk, 27 Jun 2019

The finest automotive businesses in Victoria were revealed on June 22. The 2019 Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) saw 36 businesses and business people announced as winners in the VACC industry awards, the highest prize dedicated to the...
 

ABC Ballarat, Ballarat: Interview with Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geof...

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Interview with Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Chvastek reports a motorist has won a VCAT hearing ordering car manufacturer Mitsubishi to refund the cost of his Triton. Chv
ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Statewide Drive, Nicole Chvastek, 26 Jun 2019 4:17:35 PM

Interview with Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Gwilym. Chvastek reports a motorist has won a VCAT hearing ordering car manufacturer Mitsubishi to refund the cost of his Triton. Chvastek notes it's found that the vehicle's fuel consumption figures were higher than advertised. Gwilym explains VCAT has found that the vehicle did not meet expectations of the consumer or the window advertisement. Gwilym mentions Australian Consumer Law helped determine that the motorist be refunded. Gwilym points out there are international standards used for fuel ratings on vehicles. Gwilym believes vehicles should be re-tested in Australia to double check the fuel ratings. He says people should expect some level of variability when it comes to energy ratings on a piece of equipment. Gwilym thinks the issue is likely an individual case rather than a case across all vehicles. Gwilym believes the issue is not for the dealership but for the manufacturer.
 

The National Collision Repairer: VACC celebrates in style at their Industry Awards

Thursday, June 27, 2019
VACC celebrates in style at their Industry Awards
The National Collision Repairer, 24 Jun 2019

Over 600 delegates and guests attended Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt Ballroom on Saturday evening, for the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce’s Industry Awards and gala event (VIA). Master of Ceremonies, media personality Larry Emdur kicked the evenin...
 

GoAuto: AADA warns on task force

Thursday, June 27, 2019
AADA warns on task force
GoAuto, 27 Jun 2019

Progress but auto industry may be sidelined as government slows on car franchising code THE federal government may have watered down one of its key election promises made to the automotive industry, raising concerns this week by Australia’s peak...
 

GoAuto: Honda stalwart retires – again

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Honda stalwart retires – again
GoAuto, 25 Jun 2019

Stuart Strickland to step down from consultancy role with VACC and MTAA STUART Strickland, OAM, who has spent more than 40 years in the motorcycle, power products and marine power industry, is retiring for the second time in his career and will leave...
 

c-store.com.au: Best auto businesses announced

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Best auto businesses announced
c-store.com.au, 25 Jun 2019

Thirty-six elite businesses and business people have been announced as winners in the 2019 VACC Industry Awards, the premier prize dedicated to the Victorian automotive industry. Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Chief Executive Officer,...
 

retailworldmagazine.com.au: Victoria’s best automotive businesses

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Victoria’s best automotive businesses
retailworldmagazine.com.au, 25 Jun 2019

Thirty-six businesses and business people have been announced as winners in the 2019 Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Industry Awards, with the premier prize dedicated to the Victorian automotive industry. Caltex Star Mart in Albert Park...
 

Motoring.com.au: Victoria’s best automotive businesses recognised

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Victoria’s best automotive businesses recognised
Motoring.com.au, 25 Jun 2019

VACC Industry Awards announced, picking 36 winners from 5500 members The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce held its annual VACC Industry Awards at the weekend, recognising the state’s finest automotive businesses. This year, 36 businesses and...
 

Carsales.com.au: Victoria’s best automotive businesses recognised

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Victoria’s best automotive businesses recognised
Carsales.com.au, 24 Jun 2019

VACC Industry Awards announced, picking 36 winners from 5500 members The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce held its annual VACC Industry Awards at the weekend, recognising the state’s finest automotive businesses. This year, 36 businesses and...
 

Motoring.com.au: Stamp duty changes causing confusion

Friday, June 21, 2019
Stamp duty changes causing confusion
Motoring.com.au, 21 Jun 2019

Uncertainty reigns, government departments are caught on the hop, lobbyists regroup Automotive lobby groups are already in full PR strike mode, but the Victorian government shows no sign of backing down from its plan to change the way stamp duty is...
 

GoAuto: No go on tax exemption

Thursday, June 20, 2019
No go on tax exemption
GoAuto, 20 Jun 2019

Pallas rejects VACC plea to exempt pre-ordered cars from new super-luxury stamp duty THE Victorian government has taken a hard line on the issue of charging its new super-luxury stamp duty on new vehicles, refusing to exempt buyers who had already...
 

Auto Talk: VACC seeks luxury tax exemptions for pre-orders

Friday, June 14, 2019
VACC seeks luxury tax exemptions for pre-orders
Auto Talk, 14 Jun 2019

Vehicles already pre-ordered through Victoria’s franchised dealer network are the focus of potential luxury car tax exemptions. The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce is trying to have new vehicles worth more than $100,000, which were pre-ordered...
 

GoAuto: Victorian auto super-tax could fall short

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Victorian auto super-tax could fall short
GoAuto, 13 Jun 2019

Expectations of a tax windfall to boost state coffers might evaporate with fall in sales THE desire of the Victorian government to make up for vital lost real estate stamp duty revenues – caused by a slump in real estate sales and values – by raising...