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Monday, 12 March 2018 08:53

This submission is provided as a public submission

Submission by the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) into the Review of Australian Fuel Standards

Dear Director

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) appreciates the opportunity to present a national industry endorsed policy position concerning proposed changes to Australian fuel standards. MTAA also highlights the need to consider any impacts changes to fuel standards will have on Australian fuel retailers and in particular, independent Australian fuel retailers.

MTAA is the peak Australian automotive association and represents the interests of its State and Territory jurisdictional associations which include: the Motor Traders Association of New South Wales, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (incorporating the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce), the Motor Trade Association of South Australia, the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, the Motor Trades Association of the ACT and the Motor Trades Association of the Northern Territory.

MTAA represents many of the 69,365 retail motor trades businesses which employ over 379,365 Australians and contributed $37.1 billion to the Australian economy in 2015/16; which equates to 2.2% of Australia’s GDP. The Australian fuel retailing sector is a significant component of the nation’s largest small business sector, the Australian Automotive Industry.

The interests of fuel retailers are represented in MTAA, through its State and Territory Member Associations and the Australian Service Station and Convenience Store Association (ASSCSA) which is one of eight national industry specific associations within MTAA. Policy issues considered by MTAA and ASSCSA include franchising arrangements with fuel manufacturers, environmental concerns and compliance requirements, and fuel theft, supply and quality and the continued sustainability of the fuel retailing industry. Consequently, MTAA is conscious of the impact that changing fuel standards has on the business strategy and outcomes of fuel retailers.

This submission should be considered alongside any of those that may have been submitted by any of the Association’s Members.

MTAA on behalf of its State and Territory Association Members remain available to assist with any additional line of inquiry relating to the impact of changes to Australian fuel standards on the fuel
retailing industry.

Please do not hesitate to contact Division Manager Marie Donato on (08) 9233 9800 should you require any additional clarity or further information.

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