Category: Policy Viewpoint

Official Recognition CEMENTS AADA’s Authority

AADA Limited (AADA) has been granted new powers to protect and represent Dealers after official recognition from the NSW Department of Finance & Services. On 26 September 2014 AADA was classified by the New South Wales State Department of Finance…

The meaning of ‘Good Faith’

After months of consultation the Government released the final version of the Franchising Code of Conduct (new Code) on 3 November 2014, replacing the old Code from 1 January 2015. It is the most significant review of the Franchising Code…

Harper Review Competition Policy Draft Report RELEASED

Australia’s first comprehensive review of competition laws and policy in 20 years is well underway and will have serious implications for auto dealers. Earlier this year Automotive Dealer reported the Government’s intention to conduct the most substantial review of Australian…

Policy Matters

In a short space of time, the AADA has brought a number of important policy matters to the attention of Government, media and the wider community. Here’s a brief timeline looking at what’s been achieved as well as upcoming challenges…

‘We are Being Heard’

An open dialogue between the AADA and the Australian Federal Government has put the Association in a valuable position to address debates around ‘parallel’ and used imports. Dealers are being bombarded with unnerving news and speculation about the future of…

AADA Fights For Fairer Contracts

The Treasury has called for submissions on the topic of unfair contract terms for small businesses – and AADA has responded. The AADA has recently made a submission to the Treasury on behalf of Australia’s over 1500 new car dealers…

Used Car Import Debate Intensifies

An article run by Carsguide about the risks and pitfalls of importing used vehicles on a large-scale into Australia has attracted much attention – including our Kiwi cousins. The Carsguide article contends that while on the surface imported used cars…

Future Franchise Agreement a Hot Topic at Convention

The 2014 AADA National Dealer Convention will take an in-depth look at how changing market trends and laws will demand the need for a changed Franchise Agreement for Dealers. In the last issue of Automotive Dealer, a number of significant…

Dealers Losing Face

As more manufacturers demand a ‘one size fits all’ approach to online dealerships, they are put at risk of losing the critical elements that make them unique. Some Dealers have expressed concern towards the future of their online presence, as…