Category: Latest News

OurAuto Scan Tool Demo

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:31

Over 60 members came to check out OurAuto’s latest product offering at the scan tool demonstration in August.

“Access to technical information is the number one issue for repairers at the moment,” said MTA WA CEO Stephen Moir, “the motor trade associations and chambers around the country have been working together to address this issue and MTA WA is proud to be able to bring OurAuto’s latest product to the WA market.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has welcomed the passing of new laws that will significantly enhance its capacity to take action in cases of exploitation of vulnerable workers.

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passed the Parliament on 5 September.

New Online Vehicle Modification Application Form

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:18

The Department of Transport (DoT) has created a new online vehicle modification application to streamline the process.  Gone is the old manual process of downloading, printing and posting the application form to DoT’s Vehicle Operations team.

The new online application is simple and requires information relevant only to the particular modification request, making the process much quicker.  When an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an immediate email response from Vehicle Operations with a PDF copy of the application.

Home based business, you've got the licence but can you trade?

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:01

If you’re running a business from home make sure that you’ve received written permission from your local council. In Western Australia it is a business owner’s responsibility to ensure that they comply with all of the requirements of local and state government authorities.

Over the past 12 months the MTA WA has received numerous enquiries about setting up a business which requires a dealer’s licence from home. There is significant confusion with many people believing that if they are issued a dealer’s licence by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (formerly Department of Commerce) then they are legally allowed to trade.

Like technology? Choose an automotive career.

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:56

Grease monkeys are becoming extinct. Enter the era of the tech-heads.

Employers say they failed to find enough mechanics to fill more than half of the jobs available in the automotive industry last year.

ACCC to authorise Woolies discounts at BP

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:12

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision proposing to grant conditional authorisation to a commercial alliance between BP Australia Pty Ltd, BP Resellers, and Woolworths Limited (ASX:WOW).

Authorisation would allow participating BP service stations to accept Woolworths shopper dockets and participate in the Woolworths Rewards loyalty program, if BP is successful in acquiring Woolworths’ service stations.

Increased penalties for workplace safety offences

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:16

The McGowan Government will increase penalties for workplace safety offences to bring Western Australia into line with other States and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace.

The amendments will increase penalties for businesses which commit safety offences under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) for the first time since 2004.

ACCC directives to manufacturers on Takata recall

Pia Duxbury Friday, 25 August 2017 16:17

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have issued directives in relation to the recall on Takata Airbags fitted to a large number of vehicle makes and models.

Under the recall, the vehicle manufacturer must replace the airbags at no cost to the consumer.

Change of date for WA Automotive Industry Dinner

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:16

The inaugural WA Automotive Industry Dinner which was set for the 5th of October and has now had to be rescheduled.

The Federal Government has called for a Council of Australia Governments (COAG) meeting for the 5th of October and the Premier has no alternative but to attend.  Due to this unforeseeable issue the dinner has been rescheduled to Thursday 22 March 2018.

The Motor Trade Association of WA (MTA WA) welcomes the Turnbull Government’s announcement to scrap a policy change that would have allowed the personal importation of new motor vehicles from the United Kingdom and Japan from 2018. This follows a review of the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act conducted from 2013 to 2015, the announcement of the changes proposed in response to the review in February 2016, and extensive industry consultation since that time.

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