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 specially convened meeting between peak automotive bodies with Federal Assistant Treasurer, the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, and Treasury Department officials in Melbourne at the end of October.

A mandatory data sharing law will ensure independent workshops have access to 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 vehicle safely repaired by the repairer of their choice.

“We welcome the Government’s announcement that it will develop legislation to regulate the sharing of service and maintenance information, and commend Minister Sukkar for his leadership on this matter,” AADA CEO, James Voortman said.

“The AADA maintains its support for a regulatory approach to information sharing, provided it is done on fair and reasonable commercial terms and allows for the secure release of sensitive information such as that used on safety, security and emissions systems.”

“There is still much detail to be developed and we look forward to working with the Government and the other industry participants to arrive at a workable solution.”

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) also welcomed the announcement. MTAA CEO Richard Dudley said the MTAA and its members had arranged business and workshop visits for many Parliamentarians and stakeholders and engaged experts from the United States in preparing a draft Code of Conduct to guide further discussions and analysis of international jurisdictions.

“MTAA congratulates Minister Sukkar on his leadership in finalising Government’s response to this critical issue and in addressing a recommendation of the ACCC for a mandated and prescribed scheme,” Mr Dudley said.

As well as AADA, VACC, and MTAA, the other peak automotive organisations involved in the process were the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, and Australian Automobile Association.

“The AADA will continue to work with the Government, Departmental officials and the industry association involved to ensure the best possible outcome is reached for members,” Mr Voortman said.

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