MTA NSW Calls Upon Next Federal Government to Address Automotive Skills Shortage
The Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW), an Employers
Association representing thousands of automotive businesses in NSW,
calls upon the next Federal Government to address the estimated 10,000
plus short fall in NSW for qualified automotive technicians and
specialists, and to properly plan for the technology, qualifications and
jobs that will be required to service a rapidly changing national fleet
of over 6.6 million vehicles in NSW.
MTA NSW supports the work done
by our national body, the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA),
and has released its own Federal Election policy imperatives for NSW
paper entitled ‘Keeping Australia Moving’ which highlights the
priorities of: Policy and Regulatory Reform; Industry Skills Shortage
and Training; Automotive Business Environment; and Infrastructure.
NSW calls on the next Federal Government to engage in a better
automotive industrypartnership to develop a sector plan, an automotive
sector blueprint, to address current skills shortages and a range of
other matters impacting the sector, industries within it, and
“MTA NSW and the other State and Territory
Association Members have warned for years that anindustry specific
strategy for automotive Vocational Education and Training (VET) that
attracts, retains and mentors new entrants, apprentices and trainees to
the automotive sector is desperately needed. The current shortage
within NSW of over 10,000 qualified technicians accounting for 34% of
the national shortage, is causing delays for consumers and increased
workplace stress for many automotive small businesses as increasing
workloads impact on the sustainability of the workforce’ MTA NSW CEO,
Stavros Yallouridis noted.
Imperatives for the NSW automotive industry include:
• Develop an automotive blueprint to assist in seizing opportunities in global mobility innovation.
• Support the ACCC’s scheme to mandate access to repair information.
Call for a detailed market study be undertaken into the effect of
vertical and horizontal integration by insurers of smash repair
• Support the proper provision of training to
trades-based apprentices and trainees to ensure the nation has a skilled
workforce to meet future demands.
• Restore Federal Government funding to conduct industry specific approved WHS training.
• Abolish the Luxury Car Tax or, at the very minimum, the threshold should reflect a revised level of $125,000.
To view the MTA NSW Media Release, please click on the following link:
To view the MTA NSW ‘Keeping Australia Moving’ Automotive Industry Policy Imperatives for the 2019 Federal Government Election, please click on the following link: