Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar introduced the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme Bill) 2021 to parliament this afternoon, with the data sharing bill to be discussed by the lower house at the next parliamentary sitting.
The legislation has also been posted on parliament’s website for anyone to read online.
UPDATE 2:11 PM AEDT, 25 March 2011: The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) have welcomed the introduction of so-called ‘data sharing’ legislation to the Australian parliament to mandate access to motor vehicle service and repair information.
In a joint statement, the organisations say the legislation fulfils a government election commitment to act on a recommendation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for a mandatory scheme, compelling car manufacturers to share technical service and repair information with all Australian repairers.
Read more here.
UPDATE 1:47 PM AEDT, 25 March 2011: The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has warned that so-called ‘data sharing’ legislation for the mandatory sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information introduced to federal parliament may create an administrative burden on independent repairers and car companies.
Describing the legislation in its current form as “inefficient, cumbersome, expensive, and onerous for all parties”, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the new regulations will require car repairers to demonstrate that they are eligible to access the information to each car company individually, while every car company in Australia will become “a separate de facto ‘regulator’ ”.
Read more here.
Original story continues:
The AAAA, a key advocate for the bill’s introduction, said it is reviewing the legislation and will release information to its members shortly.
“We would like to thank Minister Sukkar for his leadership and significant support over the last few years to get us to this point. Without it, we would not be celebrating such a momentous achievement. This really is an incredible day for our industry,” said the AAAA.
The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021 will mandate the sharing of technical service and repair information from car manufacturers to independent repairers across Australia.