Australian Motor Body
Repairers Association (AMBRA)
A National Industry Sector Committee of the Motor Trades Association of Australia

Industry Activity

The Australian Automotive Industry conducts and supports a wide range of industry based conventions, programs and activities.

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As the Motor Vehicle Body, Paint and Interior Repair industry tend to rely on vehicle accident repairs to generate revenue, new automobile safety systems and reduced vehicle accident rates have negatively impacted revenue creation. These negative impacts for industry are offset by the growing fleet of Australian registered vehicles and the higher discretionary income of consumers. Profitability is often reliant on business arrangements with insurance companies. (Source: Johnson, S. IBISworld. Dec 2016)





The Motor Vehicle Body, Paint, and Interior repair industry is dependent on accidents in order to generate revenue. New cars are coming equipped with more and more safety features to help prevent the occurrence of accidents. As Australian consumers are showing a preference for newer cars, this will result in fewer cars needing repair work and a decline in revenue. Counteracting this, people with new cars are more likely to have repair work done than people in older cars.

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asa scan

Gathering industry intelligence and undertaking high-quality analysis of the skills needs and profile of the current and future workforce.

Auto Skills Australia, the Automotive Industry’s Skills Council produces an Industry Environmental Scan annually as part of a broader role in gathering industry intelligence and undertaking high-quality analysis of the skills needs and profile of the current and future workforce. A key finding of the 2015 Scan is that it is time for government and stakeholders to formulate a cohesive policy framework around the new identity of the automotive industry. This will require an understanding of the critical issues facing each sector as well as clearly defined policy outcomes that are measurable and can be implemented. To read the 2015 ASA Automotive Environmental scan please download the PDF below.

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industry pie chart

Based on IBISWorld data, the Australian automotive industry is comprised of the following industry components:

The Australian automotive industry is going through a period of unprecedented change culminating in the closure of car manufacturers Toyota, Holden and Ford, in Australia in 2017. The impact of these closures will mean an abrupt decline in the forecast of employment and revenue growth between 2016 and 2018. These closures will have the biggest impact on businesses involved in manufacturing, whether it be the vehicles themselves, or parts for vehicles. However, the industry will continue to adapt and evolve. Businesses involved in wholesale and retail will benefit from greater access to imported vehicles and parts. There is already evidence that new car sales are on the rise driven by a combination of low interest rates and Government incentives. And as long as there are more vehicles on the road there will be a need for servicing and repair. So it is forecast that the Australian automotive industry as a whole will return to a period of positive growth sometime after 2018.

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green stamp

Raising awareness on environmental issues

The program is intended to raise awareness on environmental issues, obligations and encourages the adoption of innovative and eco-efficient activities. Since its inception in 2005, the program has been developed into an accreditation (Green Stamp Plus Accreditation), and more recently nationalised into what it is known today as the ‘Green Stamp Accreditation’ program.


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