Media coverage

VACC in the media.


EV training in Lalor

15 August 2022

Monday, August 15, 2022

VACC is offering a course in depowering and reinitialising battery electric vehicles. Training will be run in Lalor (Northern suburbs).


Industry Policy Matters

11 August 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Now the dust has settled on the federal election, the Chamber policy team turns its attention to the forthcoming Victorian State Election, slated for November 2022. 


VACC House EV chargers

3 August 2022

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Members, visitors and staff can charge their electric vehicles on-site when they visit VACC House for business.


WinA careers panel event

29 July 2022

Friday, July 29, 2022

At a panel event hosted at VACC House, Women in Automotive engaged and informed audience members about the many career opportunities available in automotive.


ELV program update

28 July 2022

Thursday, July 28, 2022

As demand for an End of Life vehicle program grows, dismantlers are offering insights and data to help inform government of the processes and infrastructure required.


FIMDA members attend TOWARDS 2030

21 July 2022

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Industry Policy Advisor Michael McKenna caught up with VACC FIMDA members at the 2022 Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia Annual Conference.


EV training

8 July 2022

Friday, July 8, 2022

VACC is offering a course in depowering and reinitialising battery electric vehicles.


Tassie’s finest

5 July 2022

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Recently qualified technician Sam Mitchell, from Jackmans Garage in Moonah, is in rare air, having recently been recognised as Tasmania’s automotive future.


What a night

16 June 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Member-business owners joined automotive dignitaries, Chamber directors and staff to celebrate the spectacular new VACC headquarters in North Melbourne.


Commercial disputes help portal

7 June 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has launched an online portal for businesses applying for help.


VACC Member Open Night

6 June 2022

Monday, June 6, 2022

Join us for an unrepeatable night of celebration at VACC’s spectacular new headquarters on Wednesday 15 June 2022.


Save the date

2 June 2022

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Join us for an unrepeatable night of celebration at VACC’s spectacular new headquarters on Wednesday 15 June 2022.


VALE Mr Robert Mark Johnson

1 June 2022

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

VACC extends its deepest condolences to the Johnson family at the recent passing of Mr Robert ‘Mark’ Johnson in May 2022.


TOD: Road Rule 79A update

26 May 2022

Thursday, May 26, 2022

VACC has been lobbying the Victorian Government to have towing operators included in the protections afforded by Road Rule 79A.


Member Phill Hodges wins big

12 May 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

VACC member-business owner, Phill Hodges of Transport Certification Services has been formally recognised for his enormous contribution to the heavy vehicle industry.


Industry Policy Matters

10 May 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

While VACC supports the education and training measures announced in the Budget, there is a lack of focus on emerging skills and training needs associated with the uptake of EVs. 


Committee agrees to Code review

9 May 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code of Conduct Administration Committee has met at the new VACC House in North Melbourne for its first in-person meeting.


Next auto generation honoured

6 May 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022

During Australia’s most acute labour shortage in living memory 248 apprentices have entered the automotive workforce, thanks to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC).


Donny Seyfer shares Scheme updates

28 April 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Scheme will be implemented in Australia from 1 July 2022. Spearheading the roll-out is the US-based National Automotive Service Task Force Executive Director, Mr Donny Seyfer. He sat down with Australasian Automotive.


VACC on the road

27 April 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym and VACC Executive Training Manager, Nigel Muller left the Chamber’s new North Melbourne hub and headed to regional Victoria to talk shop with member-businesses and political figures.


Industry insights

26 April 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The automotive industry has continued to expand during the COVID-19 period, and this growth is reflected across almost every sector of the industry.


End-of-Life Vehicle grant a 'watershed moment'

11 April 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022

The 700,000 vehicles leaving Australian roads annually will be recycled – rather than destined for landfill – thanks to new government funding and the advocacy efforts of VACC and national body, the Motor Trades Association of Australia.


F1 flavour at 2022 VACC President's Breakfast

8 April 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022

The 2022 VACC President’s Breakfast was a hit, with automotive dignitaries, VACC directors and members hitting the track at the Formula 1® Heineken® Australian Grand Prix. 


Webinar: MVIS update with Donny Seyfer

6 April 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Members are invited to a webinar with US National Automotive Service Task head, Donny Seyfer, in preparation for the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Scheme roll-out. 


Rev up

2 April 2022

Saturday, April 2, 2022

There’s demand for a new auto event. Words: VACC ambassador Shane Jacobson.


Vale Max Kirwan

23 March 2022

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

VACC giant and automotive industry figure, Max Kirwan Snr OAM has passed away.


AASRA appointed key role as data scheme takes shape

17 March 2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar has appointed the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority inaugural Scheme Adviser status and announced a $250,000 Commonwealth grant.


Member reconnect

11 March 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

The TACC hosted its first member briefings for 2022, kick-starting member engagement activities following two years of restricted gathering protocols.


Cool Cars with Dermott

4 March 2022

Friday, March 4, 2022

Want to show off your workshop on national TV? The Chamber is hitting the road with Cool Cars with Dermott to visit businesses and talk about skills and career pathways.


Roaring success

1 March 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The 2022 Women in Collision Seminar and Awards was a roaring success.


Welcome to new VACC House

28 February 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

It's official! VACC President Mark Awramenko has been presented with the keys to the new VACC House in North Melbourne.


VACC releases federal election manifesto

18 February 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

VACC has launched its federal election manifesto, REVolution: The automotive industry’s policy priorities for the next Australian Government, which calls on the next Federal Government to implement 35 recommendations that will make a real difference to Australian voters. 


CVIAA welcomes new President

27 January 2022

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia welcomes Clive Polley to the position of CVIAA President.


New era for TACC

18 January 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bruce McIntosh has taken the driver’s seat at the Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce.


Creating the VACC Boards of the future

14 January 2022

Friday, January 14, 2022

VACC President Mark Awramenko shares the Executive Board's plan to diversify Chamber leadership and capitalise on the specialist skill sets within the wider membership base.


Toyota Australia Hydrogen Centre visit

17 December 2021

Friday, December 17, 2021

Chamber leaders visited the Toyota Hydrogen Centre to learn more about the latest marque initiatives and view the Mirai – a cutting-edge hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. 


TACC members need to prepare

10 December 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

Tasmanian borders reopen from Wednesday, 15 December 2021 and TACC members need to prepare.


TACC General Manager retires

2 December 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021

After 21 years in the General Manager seat at the Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Malcolm Little is retiring. 


Industry Policy Matters

1 December 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, VACC’s Industry Policy team would like to thank members who have engaged with the Chamber throughout what has been an incredibly difficult year for business.


Get a MOVE on

18 November 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

VACC President, Mark Awramenko; farm machinery dealer and Executive Board director, Paul Bertoli; along with CEO, Geoff Gwilym attended the official MOVE opening.


Skills crisis

17 November 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

VACC Senior Research Analyst, Steve Bletsos breaks down current apprenticeship and traineeship numbers in Australia. 


Tech investment a good move

10 November 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Federal Government has announced a $1 billion technology fund as part of its mission to develop new low emissions technology.


Young drivers

9 November 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The big picture. Words: VACC ambassador Shane Jacobson.


VACC: 2020/21 snapshot

21 October 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The 2020/21 scorecard gives members and motorists a snapshot of Chamber initiatives during the financial year. 


Industry events set to return

7 October 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Industry has welcomed the return of events, with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo announced for April 2022.


New superannuation ‘stapling’ laws

21 September 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

From 1 November 2021, superannuation laws will change and this may affect how employers comply with their super obligations.


VACC on air

13 September 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym hits the airwaves to discuss all things automotive with 3AW's Denis Walter.


Kingsbury Auto Electrical

9 September 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Rodney O’Gorman, owner of long time VACC member-business Kingsbury Auto Electrical, has called time on his automotive career.


Coronavirus: Poster pack

2 September 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021

A COVID-19 workplace poster pack has been developed by the VACC Workplace Relations team. 


Coronavirus: Lockdown restrictions extended in Victoria

1 September 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Lockdown restrictions in place throughout Victoria will be extended until 70 percent of Victorians have had at least one dose of vaccine, which is expected to be on or around 23 September 2021.


Member mental health support

24 August 2021

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

It is a difficult time for many businesses, therefore VACC has arranged for members and their staff to have access to external mental health support.


EPA webinars

4 August 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Members are encouraged to attend free webinars on the new Environmental Protection laws that took effect on 1 July 2021.


EPA pilot program update

22 July 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The initial findings from an EPA pilot program conducted with VACC members have been revealed.


Murray member milestones

22 July 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

VACC hit the road recently to mark the milestones of some of the Chamber’s longest-standing regional members.


Your car, your choice

21 July 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Motorist rights are front and centre of a new initiative from VACC's Body Repair Division.


New EPA Act means business

21 July 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Members and the wider industry, in particular auto recyclers and wreckers, are encouraged to review their current processes.


VACC ambassador: Shane Jacobson

15 July 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Shane Jacobson is a much-loved Australian actor, presenter and knowledgeable automotive enthusiast. Now, he takes on a new role as VACC ambassador.


Shepparton’s MOVE impresses

14 July 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

It’s full steam ahead for the soon-to-be-open Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) in Shepparton.


New EPA legislation

2 July 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

Major changes to the Victorian environmental legislation came into play from 1 July 2021.


New Dangerous Goods regulations

2 July 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

The new Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2021 (amended Regulations) commenced on 1 July 2021.


New QR Code record keeping requirements

9 June 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Victorian Government has announced new electronic record keeping requirements as part of new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.


Coronavirus: June 2021 poster pack

7 June 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

A COVID-19 workplace poster pack has been developed by the VACC Workplace Relations team. Posters will be mailed to members and are also available to download.


Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two

4 June 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Victorian Government has launched a new round of support for eligible small to medium businesses impacted by the circuit breaker lockdown, offering grants of up to $5,000.



Collective bargaining class exemption

3 June 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The ACCC has made a class exemption which allows eligible businesses to collectively bargain without breaching the competition laws.


ZEV road user charge confirmed

28 May 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

The State Government's contentious road-user charge for zero and low emission vehicles will come into force from 1 July 2021. 


Industry report released

21 May 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

MTAA has released the second edition of Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry – An Industry Report. 


Budget leaves business cold

20 May 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Victorian State Government 2021 Budget is a mixed bag for the still-struggling business sector.


Extending automotive research

13 May 2021

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Federal Government is supporting innovation in the automotive sector by extending the automotive research and development tariff concession.


Budget snapshot

12 May 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Federal Government has released the 2021 Budget, delivering a package of measures aimed at boosting business investment, productivity and participation measures. 


QR code clarification

29 April 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

While auto businesses, with the exception of those operating a food and drink facility, have not been mandated to implement the government QR code system, record keeping remains vital.



29 March 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

A VACC Towing Operators Division initiative, Tow Me VACC is a new trade towing service exclusive to VACC members.


Easter holiday rates

25 March 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Members are reminded that the Easter public holidays are coming up and that they must be aware of their obligations to employees. 


Repair data breakthrough

24 March 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Industry has welcomed the Federal Government's move to introduce legislation to Parliament to establish a mandatory scheme for the sharing of vehicle service and repair information.


Victorian COVID-19 rules to ease

23 March 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including reduced mask-wearing and more visitors in the home from 6pm Friday, 26 March.


JobKeeper ending soon

23 March 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Members are reminded that the JobKeeper scheme comes to an end on 28 March, meaning businesses will no longer be entitled to receive payments for their eligible employees.


New Melbourne charging hub

22 March 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021

Melbourne residents unable to charge their electric vehicles at home now have a convenient new option thanks to GET.


Positive dealer outcomes with

18 March 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The key outcomes of the VACC Dealer Advisory Board discussions have been released, and VACC thanks for taking on board industry feedback and insight.


Small Business Digital Adaptation Program extended

18 March 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program has been extended to help more sole traders, micro and small business operators trial digital products, including VACC MotorTech.


Labor pushes for EV road tax in Victoria

17 March 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Victorian Labor Government has confirmed plans to introduce legislation into state parliament that will see EV drivers pay a road user tax.


VicRoads private 'joint venture'

5 March 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Andrews Government has confirmed plans for a new VicRoads 'joint venture' with the private sector but denies it will result in privatisation.


Financial Assistance Hub

2 March 2021

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

While many small businesses are getting back to a sense of normality, some operations are facing further financial hardship.


Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme to end

26 February 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Members are advised that the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme will officially close on 28 March, after this date repayments will recommence.


Victoria snap lockdown ends

17 February 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has confirmed the state will end its five-day lockdown as planned on 17 February at 11:59pm.


Parts supply survey

16 February 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A survey has been created to capture the necessary data to advocate for better conditions and highlight to the Federal Government how COVID-19 has created supply issues.


Stock shortage survey

15 February 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

New and Used Car, Motorcycle, Commercial Vehicle and Farm Machinery Dealer division members are encouraged to take a new Chamber survey in a bid to tackle stock shortages.


Coronavirus: Face masks mandatory

4 February 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Victorian Government has reintroduced the mandatory wearing of face masks indoors (including workplaces), and updated Stay Safe Directions have been issued.


VACC MotorTech rebate

2 February 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Members can subscribe to VACC MotorTech and get the first 12 months free under a new government program – but operators must sign-up quickly as places are filling fast.


Slow down rules update

29 January 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

On behalf of Towing Operators Division members, VACC has been lobbying the Victorian Government to have towing operators included in the protections afforded by Road Rule 79A.


EPA webinar

27 January 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

EPA Victoria is hosting an online event to provide business owners with information on how changes to Victoria's environmental protection laws could impact their businesses.


VRSR wage increase

25 January 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

A wage rate increase will take effect from the first complete pay period commencing on or after 1 February 2021, under changes to the VRSR Award.


VicRoads roadworthy eCertificate trial

13 January 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Join the VicRoads roadworthy eCertificate trial to enjoy the benefits of reduced admin and improved compliance. It's a win-win for industry and consumers.


Industry wary of 'cash for clunkers' trial

13 January 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Victorian Government is set to trial a 'cash for clunkers' program in regional areas of the state in an effort to get old and unsafe cars off the road.


EPA Small Business Program pilot

11 January 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

EPA is calling for body repair participants for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria's Small Business Program pilot.


Stay safe this summer

18 December 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020

As Australia begins to recover, members are reminded to stay vigilant and maintain their COVID safe practices this summer.


Fair data access in near future

18 December 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020

The release of draft legislation to mandate access to motor vehicle service and repair information in Australia is unprecedented, says VACC and its national body, MTAA.


New leadership for VACC

17 December 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

VACC and TACC members have voted and a new Executive Board has been revealed. Positions for President, Vice President, and Secretary have also been filled.


Contact tracing solution

11 December 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020

VACC has partnered with Wavin to take the hassle out of contact tracing, so members can get on with business. 


Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer

8 December 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the further easing of restrictions in Victoria, including changes to face covering rules.


Sole Trader Support Fund extended

23 November 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

The application period for the Victorian Government’s Sole Trader Support Fund has been extended to 30 December 2020.


Mental health program launch

13 November 2020

Friday, November 13, 2020

Fine Tuning Automotive Mental Health, a free program, aims to assist employers to manage and control risk factors associated with poor mental health at work. 


New VACC HQ build begins

12 November 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

VACC’s move to new headquarters in North Melbourne is making tracks, with VACC President, Fury Bortolotto turning the first sod, and with building now underway.


Coronavirus: Partners in Wellbeing helpline

6 November 2020

Friday, November 6, 2020

A Partners in Wellbeing helpline has been established to support business operators, their staff and family, as Victoria moves toward COVID Normal.


Small Business Program Pilot

6 November 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Registrations are now open for a new Small Business Program pilot, an initiative intended to support small businesses to understand Victoria’s upcoming environment protection laws.


Coronavirus: Remain vigilant, avoid fines

2 November 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Industry has reopened in metro-Melbourne, and members are reminded of the importance of remaining vigilant and adhering to government guidelines.


Step forward for fair data access

30 October 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Federal Government has announced that the release of draft legislation for mandating access to motor vehicle service and repair information is imminent.


Coronavirus: Welcome back

27 October 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

As businesses prepare to reopen in metro Melbourne, it's important customers are aware of the COVID-safe steps that have been put in place.


Coronavirus: Useful poster pack

27 October 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In the lead up to reopening, VACC is reminding members that the OHS&E Unit has compiled all of the VACC and useful DHHS COVID-19 posters in one place.


Annual wage increase 2020

20 October 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

From the first complete pay period commencing on or after 1 November 2020 minimum wage rates increase.


Member Forum: 2020 Budget tax incentives

9 October 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

Following the release of the 2020 Budget, VACC has organised an online Member Forum in order to give members an opportunity to have questions answered.


Key budget takeaways

9 October 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

The 2020 Federal Budget is good news for business, VACC outlines key points and encourages members to discuss with their accountant.


MMAL goes it alone

5 October 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

ACCC seeking submissions from automotive aftermarket on Mitsubishi Motors' exclusive dealing lodgement.


$5000 MTAA Super Scholarship

29 September 2020

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

VACC Corporate Partner, MTAA Super is offering up to $5,000 to aspiring or current workers in the automotive or related industries.


$74.5 million toward EV adoption

27 September 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Future Fuels Fund is set to subsidise business adoption of electric vehicles and corresponding infrastructure. 


Coronavirus: Changes to retail leasing

25 September 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020

A landlord can now pass on to their tenant the costs of repairing, maintaining and installing as part of a fit-out, essential safety measures.


Petition for two-wheeler rights

22 September 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A petition calling for improved conditions for owners of motorcycles, scooters, and two-wheeled electric vehicles has been launched by the 2 Wheel Action Group (TWAG). 


Coronavirus: Masks in the workplace FAQs

17 September 2021

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The VACC OHS&E Unit has put together some FAQs for workplaces, following the announcement of mandatory face covering in Victoria


Coronavirus: $3 billion support package

17 September 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Andrews Government announces a new $3 billion-plus support package to further aid businesses impacted by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.


Coronavirus: Servicing permitted

16 September 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Any vehicle, be it for a permitted industry or a member of the public, can now have a routine service or scheduled service performed.


Coronavirus: VACC on 7NEWS

11 September 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020

VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym spoke to 7NEWS Melbourne, addressing growing fears Melbourne's roads could become unsafe due to a ban on regular vehicle servicing during Stage 4 lockdown.


Coronavirus: Worker Permit update

10 September 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Members who have employees operating on-site in a permitted workplace must ensure they have updated and reissued worker permits.


Coronavirus: Government Stage 4 advice

17 August 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

In response to member feedback, VACC has published an official communication received from the COVID-19 Team in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.


Coronavirus: Government provides further clarity

6 August 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Victorian State Government provides further clarity on Melbourne restrictions and this advice takes precedence over previous VACC communications on Stage 4 guidelines.


Coronavirus: New poster set for member premises

21 July 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The VACC OHS&E Unit has designed some useful posters for members to display on their premises, following the announcement of mandatory face covering in Victorian hotspots. 


Coronavirus: JobKeeper Payment extended

21 July 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The JobKeeper Payment has been extended – at a lower rate and with stricter eligibility – until March 2021, the Morrison government has announced.


Coronavirus: Letter template for member customers

9 July 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

VACC has created a letter template for members to distribute to customers, following reports of motorists being told that automotive is not an essential service during lockdown. 


Coronavirus: Melbourne to head back into lockdown

7 July 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has announced a lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne, as the state records the highest increase in cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Good record keeping key

6 July 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

During these difficult times, it's important not to lose track of your record-keeping. Complete and accurate records, kept up-to-date in real-time, can play a huge role in keeping businesses profitable.


Coronavirus: Costly workplace complacency

2 July 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Members are reminded that even if COVID-19 restrictions begin to change, control and safety measures are still required and will be enforced by WorkSafe.


'Drive-away deals' on SRO website

25 June 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Information about calculating the dutiable value of new and used motor vehicles sold as 'drive-away deals' from 1 July 2020 is now available on the SRO website.


Annual wage increase

23 June 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Fair Work Commission has awarded an annual wage increase of 1.75 percent to be phased in over three separate operative dates based on award groups.


Wage theft legislation passed

19 June 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

New laws establishing criminal penalties for employers found to have withheld wages, superannuation and other employee entitlements are set to be introduced in Victoria.


Coronavirus: Tax in the time of COVID

16 June 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Australians have experienced unprecedented challenges so far in 2020, and as tax-time looms the ATO has put together specific COVID-19 related support and guidance.


Bruce Parker awarded OAM honour

11 June 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Headmod Group Managing Director and Chairman, Bruce Parker has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Coronavirus: JobKeeper steps

13 May 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Eligible businesses set to receive support so they can continue paying employees and bounce back once conditions improve. 


Coronavirus: 'Auto is open' campaign launch

12 May 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

VACC launches community awareness campaign, Auto is open, to support member businesses and get the word out that auto is open for business. View campaign assets here!


Coronavirus: restrictions set to change

8 May 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

National Cabinet agrees on three-step plan to create 'COVID-safe' economy by July, but what this means for Victorians is yet to be revealed.


Coronavirus: Watch out for VACC

6 May 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

With the Chamber's Auto is open television advert having 100 percent coverage across Victoria, you'll be seeing us, and so will your customers!


Coronavirus: VACC on TV

1 May 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Auto is open campaign sees VACC reach out to motorists across Victoria and Tasmania with a television advert featuring member businesses.


Coronavirus: COVIDSafe app

1 May 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Getting business back faster. VACC President, Fury Bortolotto has led the charge in downloading the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe app.


Coronavirus: Workplace manslaughter webinar

29 April 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Workplace manslaughter becomes a jailable offence from 1 July 2020. VACC recommends members attend a WorkSafe Victoria webinar on 19 May 2020 to find out more.


Coronavirus: Commercial tenancy relief scheme

28 April 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Victorian Government has announced a commercial tenancy relief scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of Coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Instant asset write-off

23 April 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanded include businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million.


Coronavirus: Auto is open – tell your customers

23 April 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

It's likely that lack of work and cashflow are a problem for you right now. In the main, the automotive industry remains open and if your business is too then you should tell your customers about it. Here are three simple tips to help...


Coronavirus: Leverage Chamber alliances

18 April 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Members have access to many deals and offers through the Chamber alliance program. During the Coronavirus situation, these partnerships remain key member benefits.


Coronavirus: Land tax relief

16 April 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Victorian Government has announced land tax relief measures, providing eligible landlords with a 25 percent reduction on their property’s 2020 land tax bill. It's a welcome move but thresholds should be revised to support large businesses.


Coronavirus: OHS&E checklist

9 April 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The VACC OHS&E Unit has developed a quick and easy checklist for automotive businesses to use to ensure the safety of their workers and customers.


Coronavirus: Banking relief measures

7 APRIL 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Banks have put in place financial relief strategies including pausing mortgage repayments for up to six months. However, it's important to read the fine print and do your calculations.


Coronavirus: ACCC advice

6 APRIL 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

The ACCC has developed a package of advice for business owners to help manage cancellations, delays, and suspension of products and services.


Coronavirus: Online learning platform

3 APRIL 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

VACC and TACC members can gain access to the Chamber's internal online learning platform. An easy-to-use system, it's a great way for members and their staff to refresh or upskill.


Coronavirus: Land tax deferral

3 APRIL 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

Eligible land owners can now defer their 2020 land tax payment until up to 31 March next year after a new State Revenue Office ruling.


Coronavirus: Posters for premises

3 APRIL 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Chamber has created three posters especially for members, designed to remind employees and customers to follow social distancing guidelines.


Coronavirus: Payroll tax waived

2 APRIL 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Businesses with taxable wages up to $3 million will have their payroll tax for the 2019/20 financial year waived.


Coronavirus: Early super access

2 APRIL 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Individuals affected by the Coronavirus will be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019/20 and again in 2020/21.


Coronavirus: Ideas for contactless service

1 APRIL 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Automotive businesses (with the exception of public auction houses) remain open for business. Here are some ideas to keep business flowing, but in a contactless manner...


Coronavirus: ATO FAQ

31 MARCH 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has answered frequently asked COVID-19 related tax questions.


Coronavirus: Managing teams remotely

30 MARCH 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

With working remotely becoming the new normal, it's essential business owners take control and make the new arrangement work for them and their employees.


Coronavirus: $130 billion government commitment

30 MARCH 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

To help preserve and protect the Australian economy the Federal Government has announced assistance worth almost $70 billion each – a lifeline for many Australian employers.


Coronavirus: Alert service for scams

27 MARCH 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Stay Smart Online Alerts is a free service for internet users, to explain recent online threats and how to deal with them.


Coronavirus: Letter to Premier Andrews

24 MARCH 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym has written to Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews formally requesting that he classify the entire automotive industry an essential service.


Coronavirus: SME Guarantee Scheme

23 MARCH 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme will be established to support the flow of credit in the economy, in particular for small and medium enterprises.


Coronavirus: Help from the ATO

23 MARCH 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

The ATO will provide administrative relief for certain tax obligations for taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Coronavirus: Business continuity plans

22 MARCH 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

No one could have foreseen the effects of Coronavirus, globally and on local communities, but hopefully you already have a continuity plan for your business.


Coronavirus: Reduce your risk

19 MARCH 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

With a view to protecting you and your workers, VACC has prepared a downloadable poster that you can print and display in kitchens and bathrooms in your business.


Coronavirus: Employer guide

19 MARCH 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

VACC Industrial Relations and OHS&E departments have created an information booklet for employers.


Coronavirus: Self-assessment tool

19 MARCH 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has developed an interactive self-assessment tool for those living in or travelling from overseas.


Coronavirus: get the facts

16 March 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Coronavirus situation is changing consumer and business behaviour, VACC is conducting a teleconference to address member queries and concerns. 


nib partners with VACC

1 February 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

VACC has reached an agreement with health insurance provider, nib, that will bring exclusive discounts and the waiving of waiting periods.


VACC technical services expanded

4 November 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Introducing VACC MotorTech, a new era of product offerings that will change the automotive technical information game in Australia.


VicRoads privatisation pros and cons

25 October 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Areas and opportunities for financial and service improvement with regards to VicRoads R&L cannot be made at the expense of service delivery and industry.


VACC members renew and win

14 October 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

Members were who renewed their membership between July – September 2019 went in the draw to win a VACC AFL Grand Final Experience.


Recycling associations sign historic MoC

18 September

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

MTAA has initiated the signing of an agreement between recycling associations, in a bid to increase cooperation and create a united global automotive recycling industry voice.


Engineer’s Bill lacking industry insight

16 August 2019

Friday, August 16, 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.


Keep your business on track

6 August 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

There's an ATO webinar on the agenda, designed to support small business owners throughout their journey. 


Duty exemption granted for pre-ordered deals

30 June 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

An exemption from new super-luxury rates of duty has been granted for any vehicle ordered by a consumer on or before 27 May 2019, that will be delivered and registered after 30 June 2019. 


ATRA Australia finds new home with VACC

22 June 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019

An all new association for transmission specialist professionals has been established, in collaboration with Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) in North America and VACC.


Update: Super-Luxury Duty

11 June 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

VACC met with the Victorian Treasurer's Senior Advisor to discuss industry concern regarding the Super Luxury Duty.


Confused regulation holds business back

6 May 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

Red-tape is strangling Australian business owners. It's time the next Federal Government stood up and harmonised outmoded individual state and territory laws. 


Keys key to dealership security

12 April 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Recently there was a meeting of minds between police and industry, following the robbery of a local dealership which saw thieves drive away with over $400,000 worth of stock.


Solid IR law key to growth

8 April 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

The next Federal Government needs to set its industrial relations policy settings correctly and not let the pendulum swing too far in the wrong direction...


VACC talks shop with key government figures

28 March 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Recently VACC made its presence known at a National Party of Australia function held at The Woolshed, close by to the much-loved Shepparton Motor Museum.


Industry night of nights

21 March 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

One of automotive’s most prestigious events was held at VACC House, with 120 industry guests treated to the hospitality of freshly appointed VACC President, Fury Bortolotto.


VACC supports new Franchising Code

14 March 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has completed its inquiry into franchising in Australia, and its findings – published under the title Fairness in Franchising – was released today. It has been worth the wait.


Auto industry demands VET changes

12 March 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The next Federal Government should introduce an automotive industry-led skills advisory council to place industry at the heart of VET development and help alleviate the biggest auto skill shortage in history, says VACC...


Auto business owners need plan in place

4 March 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Australian auto industry is a major contributor to the country’s GDP – but it needs a clear and considered blueprint for the future in order to continue to do so...


Electronic scam costs business owner thousands

8 February 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

This week an automotive business was defrauded of a significant amount of money through a sophisticated scam that broke into their email, replicating a supplier.


Post Election Report 2018

19 December 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Elections for the Executive Board concluded on 29 November 2018.  A copy of the post-election report, prepared by the Australian Electoral Commission, is available to eligible members upon request. 


Deputy Prime Minister visits VACC

11 December 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack met with VACC's Executive Board to discuss policy positions for the automotive industry in the lead-up to next year's Federal election.


Cash incentive to engage adult apprentices

5 December 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Liberal National Government has announced a $27.7 million initiative, put in place to encourage businesses to take on an apprentice between the age of 21 and 24 years.


Motorists pay the price for roadworthy oversight

12 November 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

The cost of unnecessary roadworthy certificates to Victorian consumers is estimated to be $22.2 million per annum, not to mention the unnecessary red-tape businesses endure.


There’s still a place for strong regulation in Victoria

5 November 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Victorian business owners are experiencing rising costs, lost productivity and increasing disputes with insurance companies, due to a lack of compliance with a voluntary industry code. The next Victorian State Government needs to step in and support regulation of this code before it's too late, says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce...


Out of step payroll tax threshold harming Victorian business

22 OCTOBER 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Victoria’s payroll tax threshold is the second lowest of all Australian states and territories, which puts Victorian businesses at a major competitive disadvantage. It is imperative, therefore, that the next Victorian State Government increases this threshold if it wants Victoria to compete for business nationally, says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce... 


It's a wrap: VACC celebrates centennial in style

24 September 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Last week marked 100 years of VACC and the occasion was commemorated with a three-day celebration, concluding on Saturday, 22 September with the VACC Centennial Cavalcade & Show ’n Shine and Gala Dinner.


VACC Centennial Cavalcade has arrived

22 SEPTMBER 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Australia’s once in a lifetime celebration of motoring is finally here: the VACC Centennial Cavalcade and Show ’n Shine, which kicks off today. 


VACC celebrates centenary


Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) celebrates its centenary today, with numerous events planned over three days. 


Executive Board elections 2018 open

7 September 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Nominations are called for Executive Board members (nine members). Nominations open 7 September 2018 and close not later than 12.00pm on 21 September 2018 and must reach the Returning Officer at the Australian Electoral Commission via the lodgement method(s) stipulated in the Election Notice. 


Fair trading only a dream for many small business operators


Monday, September 3, 2018

Trading conditions for small business owners in Victoria are not always as fair as they should be, claims the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, so the employer association wants the next Victorian State Government to create a playing field that is equal for all...


Australia all alone when it comes to End of Life Vehicle policy

31 August 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Australia is the only developed country not to have a national policy dealing with End of Life Vehicles, which leaves the system vulnerable to rogue traders and environmental breaches, says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce. 


VACC Centennial Cavalcade a one-in-100-year event

7 AUGUST 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The VACC Centennial Cavalcade and Show ’n Shine is on such a scale that it's believed an event like it has never before been attempted anywhere in the world. And it's coming soon, as part of VACC's 100th anniversary celebrations in September.


Victoria still lumbering under antiquated roadworthy system

6 AUGUST 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Motorists, businesses and the police force in Victoria are being seriously hampered by an outdated, paper-based roadworthy system, and the next Victorian State Government needs to do better, says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce... 


Game up for fuel thieves

10 July 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Time has run out for Victoria's fuel theives, with Victoria Police promising to get tough on the crime...


Grow your business at the Small Business Festival

4 July 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Small Business Festival is an annual curated events program run across metropolitan and regional Victoria, providing ideas, information and networking opportunities to start, operate and grow a business. There's plenty on offer, so get involved...


It's tax time!

29 June 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

The ATO has a new handy tool to help make tax time less stressful. What are you waiting for? Download it today...


Centennial Cavalcade a world first

27 JUNE 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A world first will take place in September when the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce hosts its VACC Centennial Cavalcade, featuring 100 different vehicles from 100 different years. Expressions of interest are open, but filling fast. Will you be there?


Auto's best of the best announced

24 June 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The finest automotive businesses in Victoria have been uncovered in a gala celebration in Melbourne. Are you, or someone you know, in the winners' circle? Read on to find out...


Proposed alterations to the VACC constitution

1 JUNE 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

On 30 May 2018 an Extraordinary General Members Meeting was held at VACC House to consider and vote on proposed alterations to the VACC constitution. At this meeting a ballot was taken on the proposed alterations and the proposed changes were endorsed. Consequently an application to alter the rules of the association has been lodged with the Fair Work Commission. Information posted 1 June 2018.


ACCC meets with wholesalers and auction houses at VACC

3 May 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

VACC has convened a special meeting between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and automotive wholesalers and auction houses to feedback information about ongoing challenges surrounding the Takata airbag recall. And you can have your say too... 


VACC House sold

20 April 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

VACC's headquarters for 60 years has been purchased for over $95 million.


Auto industry’s next generation recognised

11 April 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Victorian automotive industry’s next generation was recognised on Wednesday, 11 April when 121 apprentices and trainees graduated in a formal ceremony in Melbourne, attended by more than 400 people.


If you own an automotive franchise we need to hear from you

9 April 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

On 22 March 2018, the Senate referred an Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct. As part of VACC’s evidence-based response to the Senate Committee, we want to hear your stories. We are seeking input from all automotive related franchisees, VACC members and non-members, from all corners of Australia.


Sale of the century

14 March 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

One of Australia's most significant car collections – and more – is up for grabs in a four-day auction event, not to be missed.


Bulletin: Guidance for dealing with insurance assessors

7 March 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Maximise your opportunity to secure repair work while protecting your rights to make a claim for remedy against an insurer for breach of the Code and/or breach of the unfair contract terms legislation.


New tool to assist dealers with franchise issues

15 February 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

VACC has rolled out its new Franchise Code Dispute Assist online tool that alerts VACC of franchisee-franchisor disputes. The information added to the online tool will be aggregated to assist with dispute settlement. 



February 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Read the latest news from VACC: includes a new apprentice mentoring program, Women in Small Business award, VACC Industry Awards, flexible rego payments, and the latest VACC centenary news. 



6 December 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Information about next year's VACC Industry Awards, our Centennial celebrations for 2018, and other goings-on in and around the VACC.


VACC's 100-year countdown has begun

20 September 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Today marks the centennial countdown for the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), which turns 100 on 20 September 2018.


Women are key auto decision makers: VACC

12 September 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Women play a key role in vehicle purchasing, and automotive servicing and maintenance decisions in Australia, according to research by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC).


2018 VACC Industry Awards

17 July 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

The VACC Industry Awards have been a great success over the past two years and we are delighted to announce that the 2018 VIA and Centenary Gala Dinner will be held at Crown Palladium on Saturday, 23 June 2018.


Wages Guide 2017

16 June 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

VACC sent all members notification of the recent 6 June 2017 decision of Fair Work Commission which awarded a 3.3% increase to adult minimum award rates of pay in the VMRSR and Clerks Award.


2017 VACC Industry Awards

15 February 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

It is with great pleasure, that we announce the second Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce - Industry Awards.


Christmas Day in Victoria

30 November 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Victorian Government announced last Friday, 25 November 2016 that it has reversed its controversial decision to not prescribe Christmas Day as a public holiday in Victoria.


Issues accessing repair information & parts

10 October 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Access to vehicle repair information is becoming more and more important and in some cases a necessity when you factor in software updates (pass thru) required when performing general service work.


Business operations affected by floods in Victoria

16 September 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Some locations in Victoria may be subjected to more flooding due to the ongoing wet spring Victoria is currently experiencing. The likelihood of future rain and the impending school holidays could create problems for both businesses and employees.


Cashing out annual leave

August 3, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

VACC Industrial Relations has received numerous enquiries from members regarding the progress of this matter in the four-year review of modern awards. The Fair Work Commission has now issued final award determinations to introduce encashment of accrued annual leave for award employees in most modern awards.


Back to work scheme closure

July 12, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Victorian Government's Back to Work scheme, worth up to $16,000 to employers taking on unemployed workers, will close early on 18 July.


VACC Industry Forum

July 7, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

All VACC members are invited to attend a forum with Victorian Minister for Small Business, The Hon Philip Dalidakis MP, on 7 July at Sandringham Yacht Club.


Tech Online update: instructional video

May 30, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

VACC has upgraded its Tech Online platform with more information, a cleaner layout with new features and better mobile integration. More changes will be made in coming months.