NSW Government Urged To Pick Up Pace On EV Repair Training

The NSW Opposition and the electric vehicle industry has called on the NSW Government to “take its foot off the brake” and provide a firm date for the recognition of a national course in electric vehicle technology.

The move follows a state parliament meeting between Justin Clancy, Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE, and Tertiary Education; Tim James, Shadow Fair Trading Minister; the Motor Traders Association of NSW; the Electric Vehicle Council; and Tesla Australia.

Clancy said current Fair Trading NSW regulations require individuals undertaking repair on motor vehicles, including EVs, to hold a motor vehicle tradesperson certificate (Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology and Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology). According to Clancy, the failure to recognise Certificate III in Electric Vehicle Technology as an alternative, suitable qualification hinders the industry’s ability to train a skilled workforce for the future.

The shadow minister said that while he recognises NSW Fair Trading is going through its processes, the ‘slow wheels of government’ are moving too slowly for the state’s rapidly expanding EV industry, while James urged the government to ensure NSW does not lag behind other states in servicing electric vehicles.

“The industry is suffering a lack of confidence due to this ongoing uncertainty. The NSW Labor Government must get its act into gear and confirm when this vital EV qualification will be recognised,” he said.

According to Clancy, the Certificate III in Electric Vehicle Technology qualification is pivotal in developing the skills required for the future workforce and driving innovation in the EV sector. The Opposition said it is recognised by several states and territories across Australia, but New South Wales recognition is crucial to ensuring the industry can offer apprenticeships in the state that will contribute to the growing EV industry and provide careers focused on a clean energy future.

Thom Drew, Country Director at Tesla Australia & New Zealand, said it is crucial that anyone conducting motor mechanic repair work on EVs is properly qualified and certified. “The establishment of an electric vehicle motor mechanic and recognition of Certificate III in Electric Vehicle Technology will ensure NSW continues to train automotive technicians with the skills to service and repair these vehicles. Recognising this certification supports more jobs, builds a new generation of apprentices, and equips them with the skills necessary for the future of transport,” he said.

Collin Jennings, Head of Government Relations & Advocacy at the Motor Traders Association of NSW echoed the call. “It’s critical that the state begins to upskill the workforce and trains apprentices in electric vehicles as other states are doing. This will ensure the existing workforce is up to speed,” said Jennings.

“The simple fact is NSW drivers need to know if they buy an EV, we will have enough qualified repairers to actually fix them,” said Clancy.