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New Mandatory Data Sharing Law To Transform Australian Automotive Repair Industry

To ensure fair competition for small businesses and consumers, a mandatory data sharing law will ensure independent workshops in Australia have access to all motor vehicle service and repair information at a fair price. This law will provide a level playing field in the sector and allow consumers to have their vehicles safely repaired by the repairer of their choice.

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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.

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To ensure fair competition for small businesses and consumers, a mandatory data sharing law will ensure independent workshops in Australia have access to all motor vehicle service and repair information at a fair price. This law will provide a level playing field in the sector and allow consumers to have their vehicles safely repaired by the repairer of their choice. 

The announcement also is a huge moment for the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) who has long championed the Choice of Repairer campaign on behalf of their members and the wider industry.  

“This is an incredible result for our members, who came to us with their concerns, put competitive rivalries aside and fought alongside us to have the law changed for their customers, their businesses and the wider industry,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association. “It is also an important win for consumers. Our Choice of Repairer campaign has sought to increase community awareness around consumers right to choose their repairer, and their new car warranty and servicing rights.

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“This announcement has been a long road and is the culmination of tireless work by the AAAA team to push for government action to address this important competition issue. We have personally met with over 75 Federal MPs, facilitated hundreds of workshop visits by MPs all around the country and had countless early morning and late-night discussions with Ministers and other industry stakeholders,” said Charity. 

He added, “This has been an industry-wide effort and I would like to acknowledge the invaluable role played by automotive industry associations – Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA), Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), Australian Automobile Association (AAA), and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

“I’d like to personally thank the Assistant Treasurer Hon. Michael Sukkar for his leadership on this issue and commitment to introduce a mandatory data sharing law that will benefit small businesses in the automotive service industry as well as every Australian car owner.” 

“We look forward to seeing progress on an exposure draft and we will review every word to ensure that car manufacturers are not able to wriggle though any loopholes that would prevent or restrict consumer choice and ultimately harm competition,” said Charity. 

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