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Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s automotive sector.

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Compulsory Takata Airbag Recall - ACCC briefing: What dealers and other automotive industries must know!

Key Points:

  • Briefing to be held 28th May 2018
  • Speakers include ACCC, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Advisers to the Takata Task Force)
  • Interested parties should register below (Free)


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The Motor Trade Association of WA has taken aim at the CCI WA over the fight to retain payroll tax exemptions for trainees and apprentices which the McGowan Government has announced they will scrap.

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How the MTA WA can help you avoid fines and back-pay during the current audit sweep of WA.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:39

Women shine at industry first event.

Nearly 90 women in the WA automotive industry gathered together on Thursday 23 February at Burswood on Swan.  It was the inaugural Women in Automotive lunch featuring panellists who have achieved across different sectors of the industry.

The four panellists Robyn Cook, Jessica da Silva, Bianca Timber and Toni Hunter told their career stories and talked about the challenges and possibilities for women in the industry.

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Industry attitudes, real and perceived, have been a major hurdle in allowing automotive businesses to realise the potential benefits of women in the workforce. Shutting the door on 50% of the population significantly reduces an employer’s ability to find skilled, qualified professionals, whether it be technicians, customer service or management.

Problematically for the industry, there is still a strong perception that the automotive industry is a man’s world where women aren’t welcomed as equals in the business. A survey by Deloitte in 2015 of women employed in the automotive industry found 64% believe that automotive is an unattractive environment for females.

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The automotive industry still has a long way to go to fully realise the full ‘X factor’ potential of women in the industry. Whether it’s in the workshop or as a customer, women will have – and are having – a huge impact on the future success of the automotive industry. In this edition of Motor, we look at the state of play and the issues industry faces in attracting more women. We also talk to the WA women who are breaking the mould, and look at businesses thriving with women at the helm and in the workforce.

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