During 2016 MTA WA will continue to strongly advocate for the WA automotive industry to the State and Federal Governments to ensure the industry’s interests are at the top of policy maker’s agenda. As government seeks consultation from industry we will continue to monitor issues of importance to the WA automotive industry and respond accordingly.

The following issues are at the top of the MTA WA agenda for 2017/18

Access to repair information

Access to technical repair information is a significant issue across the industry. The MTA WA is committed to the consumer’s right to choose their repairer and we will continue to work with government and industry groups to find a fair and balanced solution which addresses the concerns and needs of all industry sectors.

Stamp Duty

WA’s Stamp Duty rates are significantly higher than many other states. MTA WA will campaign for an overhaul of the State’s Stamp Duty to increase the attractiveness of purchasing a vehicle in WA and allow the WA automotive industry to compete on a level national playing field.

Simplify uncollected goods

The issue of uncollected vehicles and the time and expense it takes to clear these are a significant cost burden for the WA automotive industry. In 2016 MTA WA had success in working with government to increase the threshold allowing repairs to dispose of a vehicle without seeking permission from the court if it is valued under $3,500. There are still significant changes required to the Act which the MTA WA will continue to work on but this has been a significant achievement.

Sustainable 4WD

Western Australians love four wheel driving and in 2016/2017 the Association will focus on improving track facilities. MTA WA will work closely with State and Local Governments to keep tracks open and promote sustainable four wheel driving.

Employment and training opportunities

WA faces a skill shortage of over 1,500 people in 2018 and MTA WA is committed to working with employers and government to bridge the gap. Going forward the Association will work at a state and national level to ensure that training packages are developed which meet the future needs of industry.  Through our Registered Training Organisation we contribute high quality, practical industry focused training which meets the needs of employers.

Preparing the industry for the future

Over the coming decades the WA automotive industry is facing a rapid and significant amount of change. The emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles will dramatically impact the automotive businesses. MTA WA is committed to providing members with the information they need to build market knowledge, business skills, capacity and technical knowledge to ensure their business remain viable in the future.

Payroll Tax

Payroll Tax continues to be one of the most significant costs of doing business for automotive businesses and effectively acts as a disincentive to employ West Australians. MTA WA will strongly advocate for both a reduction in the payroll tax rate and increase in the threshold and we will be seeking commitments from both major parties in the lead up to the State election.

Compulsory vehicle inspections

MTA WA seeks the introduction of compulsory vehicle inspections before the sale of any vehicle in WA on a private-to-private basis. This will provide consumers with added protections in ensuring roadworthy vehicles are sold. The introduction of this scheme would also significantly reduce unsafe modifications and the sale of these types of vehicles by criminal elements. The scheme would improve the overall safety of the WA vehicle fleet. In support of this initiative, the Association will also strongly advocate for an increase in Automotive Inspection Station (AIS) locations.

More information

For more information about MTA WA and our 2016 policy agenda please contact 9233 9800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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