Automotive industry and trade

Audio program

12 Sep 2017

China's plans to eventually ban the sale of new petrol and diesel engines could hurt Australia's multi-billion-dollar car-parts industry, which exports to China.

The group which represents Australian car parts manufacturers says there are benefits and opportunities for local companies. It...

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Discussion paper

12 Sep 2017

Thanks to its compact geography, Tasmania would encourage people to purchase electric vehicles by providing even just a handful of public vehicle charging stations. This paper explores two options for providing coverage to a large part or most of the state, with three or six charging stations....

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Report

11 Sep 2017

The Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources focus throughout this inquiry was on the social aspects of driverless vehicles in Australia. While technological developments and questions and regulatory approaches were considered within that context, the committee’s...

Report

08 Sep 2017

Prior to this research, the most recent analysis available was the Cost of road crashes in Australia 2006 (BITRE 2009) report published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

Importantly, the report shows that...

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Discussion paper

24 Aug 2017

This consultation paper seeks feedback from insurers, credit providers, car dealers, insurance and finance brokers, consumers, consumer representatives and other interested parties on options for reform to the sale of add-on insurance and warranties through caryard intermediaries.

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Fact sheet

14 Aug 2017

This information sheet presents Australian data on how realised rates of fuel consumption vary over time, and how the rates depend on key vehicle characteristics such as number of cylinders, fuel type and vehicle age. It also investigates state/territory differences in fuel economy and presents...

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Draft report

10 Aug 2017

Buying a new car is a significant purchase for a consumer. The purchase of a car and its ongoing maintenance account for around five per cent of total average household expenditure annually, typically making it second only to housing expenditure in importance. Well-informed consumers and...

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Discussion paper

09 Jun 2017

Automated vehicles that do not require human driver input into the driving task for at least part of the journey are expected to arrive on our roads from around 2020. Currently there is no explicit regulation covering these automated driving functions. Manufacturers are aiming to ensure...

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Research report

14 Mar 2017

This report considers the potential impacts on vehicle registration, driver licensing and compulsory third party (CTP) insurance arrangements that might arise from the introduction of automated vehicles (AVs) in Australia and New Zealand.

The key vehicle registration issues identified...

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Commentary

Article

01 Feb 2017

South Australia enters 2017 facing mass layoffs in the automotive manufacturing industry and the potential closure of the local steel industry. These two shocks combined threaten to obliterate more than 25,000 jobs.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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Discussion paper

15 Dec 2016

The purpose of this Future Directions Paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of the regulatory environment in Victoria, how it relates to automated vehicles and our plans to make changes to the regulatory framework that will support the testing and development of highly automated vehicle...

Research report

15 Dec 2016

Executive Summary: The Synergy Automotive Repairs Program (Synergy Program) is a diversionary social enterprise aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people involved in motor vehicle offending (e.g. theft, vandalism, hooning). The program was developed in order to...

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Discussion paper

15 Dec 2016

In 2016, an independent review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 found that the regulation of the quality of fuel supplied in Australia had led to a quantifiable reduction in the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of fuel.

Following this review, the Australian...

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Research report

12 Dec 2016

Preliminary results from Australia’s first on-road vehicle emissions test program cast doubt over the relevance of laboratory testing and suggest consumers are commonly being misled.

Commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the test results also suggest forthcoming...

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Research report

26 Oct 2016

The transition confronting workers, businesses and communities that have historically relied on Victoria’s automotive industry is highly significant. The decision by Australia’s three remaining carmakers—Ford Australia, General Motors Holden (GMH) and Toyota Australia—to wind down local car...

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Discussion paper

17 Oct 2016

The ACCC has released an issues paper to assist interested parties in making submissions to the ACCC’s new car retailing industry market study. The paper contains:

  • the scope of the market study
  • issues on which the ACCC is seeking information
  • how to make submissions
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Commentary

Article

07 Oct 2016

The last Australian-built Ford has rolled off the production line, bringing an end a decades-long history of car manufacturing in the country for the company. About six hundred workers have lost their jobs, in Broadmeadows and Geelong, two years after Ford first announced that its days in...

Discussion paper

14 Sep 2016

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) enable real-time wireless communication between vehicles, roadside infrastructure, mobile devices and back-office systems. They have been developed as a way to deliver a safer and more efficient transport network that is less congested and more...

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Strategy

15 Dec 2015

Towards future industries: Victoria’s automotive transition plan is a $46.5 million package that will create jobs and help businesses, workers and communities in the automotive industry meet the challenges ahead and take advantage of emerging opportunities. The plan will provide...

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Briefing paper

09 Dec 2015

Victoria’s manufacturing sector has been in decline for several years. A range of workplace closures – not least the announcement by Australia’s last remaining carmakers that local motor vehicle manufacturing would be wound-down by 2016-17 – have had a significant impact on communities. Job...

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