News

The MTA is committed to providing the automotive industry and our members with the most accurate and up-to-date news affecting the automotive retail, service and repair industry.

Check out the latest news below!

Members news

Scam targeting vehicle repairers

Monday 17 December, 2018

A MTA member has contacted us advising he has been targeted by a scammer claiming to be hearing impaired and requesting work to be carried out on their car. They then requested the business to pay a towing company on their behalf.

Public news

A standout year for apprentices

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

We take a look back at a great 2018 and the apprentices who are have been striving to achieve.

Public news

Upskilling course updates

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Units have been added to our HEV/ BEV, Aircon and Forklift courses. Read more.

Public news

Our ongoing engagement with schools

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

The MTA is continuing its automotive pathways program with schools with two high schools signing up for the delivery of automotive training.

Public news

Upcoming training at the MTA

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Many high school leavers are applying for apprenticeships with the MTA. If you are looking for a well trained apprentice or want to enrol your own in training, read this.

Public news

Increasing promotion of training and apprenticeships

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

The MTA has created four short videos to run over summer in an effort to encourage more young people to apply for an automotive apprenticeship. View the videos and share on social media.

Public news

WHS wrap for 2018 – Outstanding figures

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

MTA achieves over 50% reduction in apprentice workplace injuries.

Public news

WHS Management Systems

Tuesday 11 December, 2018

How we helped MTA member, Truckworks.

Public news

Unlicensed second-hand vehicle dealer conviction

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

Unlicensed second-hand vehicle dealership and its director have been convicted and fined.

Public news

IAG WHS referrals

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

IAG is requiring preferred repairers to undergo WHS auditing. Read more about how we can help you.

Public news

Accessing better State Government procurement

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

The MTA is making a submission on behalf of members and we would like your input in regards to tenders and submissions!

Members news

NHVR Information Evening FAQs!

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions!

Public news

Counting of time in written work diaries

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

Following now questions raised at the recent NHVR Information Evening on time in written work diaries, we have clarification for members. Read more.

Public news

Wins provide optimism for BRD members

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

Following a number of hard fought wins this year for crash repairers and with the introduction of the new Shop Rate Calculator, conditions are improving for BRD members.

Public news

Christmas and New Year trading hours 2018 / 2019

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

We explain when you can and can’t trade and what you have to pay.

Public news

Flexible working arrangements

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

There have been changes to the regarding flexible working arrangements. Get the help you need from the MTA’s WR team.

Public news

GPS tracking in your work vehicles?

Tuesday 04 December, 2018

There are a number of things you should know.

Members news

Optimism returns - Improved Market Conditions

Wednesday 28 November, 2018

BRD members are now beginning to reap the benefits of a lot of hard work however, there is still much to be done.


Members news

NHVR Night Follow Up: Fatigue Management Clarification

Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Further to the NHVR’s Information Evening held on 21 November, Peter Thomas, the NHVR’s Principal Safety and Compliance Officer, has asked us to communicate some clarification of the discussion on the counting of time in written work diaries.

Public news

Bree Callow in Harley-Heaven

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Not all automotive apprentices want to work in a garage. Some, like Bree, want to be experts in parts and customer engagement.

Public news

NHVR Working Group and Information Evening last week

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Getting the facts on the NHVL and Chain of Responsibility.

Public news

Upcoming classes at the MTA

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

School has finished for many young people and applications are rolling in for apprenticeships, both at the MTA and workshops around the state. Help fight the skills shortage by enrolling an apprentice in training now!

Public news

When was your last WHS workplace audit?

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Work, health and safety audits are essential under the Work Health & Safety Act (WHS Act) 2011. Ensure you get one to remain compliant!

Public news

Heat safety and UV exposure in the workplace

Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Overexposure to heat causes illness and excessive stress in the workplace. Ensure that you are implementing the correct procedures with Summer just around the corner!

Public news

New Repair Authority document available from the MTA!

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

If you are a repairer, you must read this. Strengthen your trading terms with the MTA’s Repair Authority

Public news

Positive changes to the PPSR

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

PPSR websiteSignificant wins for MTA members in regards to how PPSR searches can work for you.

Public news

October registration reports

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Get an analysis on registrations and sales in South Australia

Public news

Written off vehicles with Takata airbags

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Get important information in regards to Takata Airbags in written off vehicles. Essential for Dismantlers!

Public news

Have you been paid late?

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Have your say on payment times for small businesses.

Public news

Annual Leave Loading

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

When is it payable?

Public news

Employment documentation

Tuesday 20 November, 2018

The MTA has been increasingly assisting with underpayment and unfair dismissal claims as a result of insufficient employment documentation. Ensure you know what to do by reading more.

Public news

Increasing skills and training in South Australia

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Premier Steven Marshall applauds hosts, MTA members and industry for playing their part in increasing skills and training opportunities!

Public news

Promoting apprenticeships with a focus on schools

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Career pathways program and our ongoing promotion of automotive apprenticeships.

Public news

Upcoming classes at the MTA

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Looking for an apprentice? The MTA has you covered with apprentices due to start training soon.

Public news

Apprentices available in metro and regional areas

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Many businesses are looking for skilled labour and we have apprentices standing by to be placed.

Public news

Workplace inspection identifies faulty hoist

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Get your hoist checked!

Public news

Warmer weather means spiders are out in force

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Garages and workshops are a haven for spiders. Watch out.

Public news

President’s Luncheon a big success with MTA members, members of Parliament and other industry stakeholders!

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

MTA members, members of Parliament and other industry stakeholders attended the President’s Luncheon last Friday. Get images, a wrap and more.

Public news

Takata deadline approaching for new car dealers

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

The deadline is approaching for new car dealers in regards to the sale of new or demonstrator vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. Get essential information from our Industry Engagement Specialists.

Public news

Proposed changes in ReturnToWorkSA Premium Process

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

ReturnToWorkSA is proposing changes in the way they will operate and are seeking your feedback. Read more.

Public news

Change to flex commissions rules in effect!

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

A must read for those who operate in car finance.

Public news

Recycling grants

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

The State Government has announced a series of recycling infrastructure grants.

Public news

Changes in the MTA’s IR / WR team

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

Who to call for help when you need it in the next few weeks.

Public news

How to have tough talks at work

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

Essential advice from our Workplace Relations Team.

Public news

Update on Vehicle Award changes under the four year review process

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

Get an update on YOUR industry Award.

Public news

Work, Health and Safety policies

Tuesday 06 November, 2018

October saw positive results for the MTA, apprentices, hosts and members. Let’s keep it that way! Know what you should be doing in your workplace.

Members news

Deadline for selling new or demo Takata “Affected Vehicles” is December 31st 2018

Thursday 01 November, 2018

New car dealers are reminded that the deadline is fast approaching where they will not be able to sell a new or demonstrator vehicle that has any affected Takata Airbag Inflators.

Members news

Changes to ReturnToWorkSA Premium Process

Thursday 01 November, 2018

ReturnToWorkSA is working to improve its premium process and is requesting feedback on changes it plans to make.

Public news

New cars from the RAA to assist in training

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

The RAA has delivered damaged cars to the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre to assist with crash repair training. Read more.

Public news

Upcoming classes at the Training and Employment Centre

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

he MTA has a few classes to be filled in the next few months. If you have an apprentice who requires training, contact us today!

Public news

Standout Light Vehicle apprentices – Matthew John-Clarke and Steven Yothathone

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

The MTA currently has a standout class of light vehicle apprentices finishing up their first few weeks of training. Read about GTO and RTO apprentices who are showcasing their ability.

Public news

ASQA is cracking down on RTO’s

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

ASQA is cracking down on other RTO’s, yet the MTA remains of the highest standard.

Public news

Breakthrough in the transport of hydrogen

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Will be seeing more of these types of cars in the future?

Public news

Stay safe with the MTA!

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

he MTA currently has ZERO apprentices off work due to an injury. Read more about our fantastic results in National Safe Work Month.

Public news

A great early return to work story for an injured MTA apprentice

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Hosts employers, MTA members and staff are facilitating positive Return to Work outcomes in the industry. Read more about another win for an apprentice.

Public news

Shop trading legislation defeated

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

The MTA long campaigned against the harmful legislation and was defeated last week. Read more.

Public news

Important BRD determination

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

A finding challenges an insurer dictating a unsubstantiated rate. Read more.

Public news

South Australian Paint and Panel award winners

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

South Australian crash repair businesses took home quite a few awards this month. Read more about their achievements.

Public news

New MTA staff profile

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Rhys Braybook, WHS and Membership Support Officer.

Public news

Quarterly Report Cards

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Get an update on how your own divisions goals are progressing.

Public news

Fuel tax could fall as more make the switch to EVs

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

As consumers slowly make the switch to hybrid and electric vehicles, the fuel excise could continue to fall.

Public news

Scam watch!

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Two scams to watch out for. One has hit a repairer and one has hit service stations. Read more.

Public news

Hot weather hazards

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

South Australia is set to experience record rises in temperatures this summer. Ensure that your staff are looked after.

Public news

Bullying and Harassment isn’t confined to just the workplace!

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Did you know you are legally liable for bullying and harassment at work? Or at work related events such as the annual work Christmas Party?

Members news

Shop trading legislation defeated

Thursday 18 October, 2018

The MTA long campaigned against the harmful legislation and was defeated today. Read more.

Public news

“You don’t need a special car to get involved in motorsport.”

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

From tinkering with technology in high school to racing cars a few years later. Read more about fourth year Light Vehicle apprentice Riley Grigg who modifies and races his own cars.

Public news

MTA apprentice a success at the National PPG Colour Matching Competition

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

MTA trained Automotive Refinishing apprentice Lucy Grimwood competed in the national PPG Colour Matching Competition last week.

Public news

Updating automotive learning curriculums

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

The recent Focus Group sessions have provided PwC with much needed information to begin the updating of automotive curriculums. Read more.

Public news

Summer is the time to hire!

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

If you are looking at taking on an apprentice in the next few months, Summer is our busiest time. Read more about how the MTA is placed to assist with your recruitment.

Public news

Porsche to take on Tesla

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Porsche have recently announced that they are dropping diesel engines, moving towards electric sports cars.

Public news

SafeWork SA continues crack down on notifiable incidents

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

MTA members and hosts are being reminded of why dealing with notifiable incidents correctly is critical in the workplace.

Public news

Zero MTA apprentices off work from injuries at present!

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

The MTA, members and hosts are collectively leading the way in safe work practices in our workplace environments with zero apprentices off work due to injuries. Read more about how this is being achieved!

Members news

Important Determination Decision to Impact on Insurer - Repairer Relations

Friday 12 October, 2018

Your national repair association network of Body Repair Divisions including the MTA, MTAA, AMBRA and the VACC have pressed tirelessly to have Code and dispute matters addressed in a professional manner and to restore a better balance in relations between insurers and BRD members.

Public news

New Australian Consumer Law Guide for industry released

Tuesday 09 October, 2018

The office of Consumer and Business Services has advised a new Australian Consumer Law Guide has been released for industry.

Public news

Second-hand Vehicle Dealers Act Review

Tuesday 09 October, 2018

We are liaising with CBS to progress a much needed review of the Second-hand Vehicle Dealers Act review

Public news

September registration reports

Tuesday 09 October, 2018

Tractors and Trucks lead the way in SA

Public news

Federal Government unveils future transport technology office

Tuesday 09 October, 2018

The Government is planning for the future of technology!

Public news

In the road transport sector? A must read if you employ casuals.

Tuesday 09 October, 2018

A casual conversion clause now included in the Long Distance Operations Award.

Public news

Superannuation – What do I have to pay?

Tuesday 09 October, 2018

Paying the correct Superannuation? Get essential information from Workplace Relations

Public news

Fighting the skills shortage!

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

Careers Day showcases the industry to prospective automotive apprentices

Public news

Outstanding mentoring results!

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

Get an Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprenticeships update

Public news

Ongoing support for automotive apprentices

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

New hub at Royal Park providing extra assistance for apprentices

Public news

Changes to Chain of Responsibility now in effect!

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

Changes to CoR are in place and all hosts and MTA members must be aware of these, even if you do not operate a heavy vehicle!

Public news

New: Australian Consumer Law Guide for industry

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

The office of Consumer and Business Services has just advised a new Australian Consumer Law Guide has been released for industry.

Public news

Increased funding for employers in regional areas!

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

Employers of regional apprentices and trainees will get a funding boost as part of the travel and accommodation allowance from the State Government. Read more.

Public news

The positive Return to Work culture continues in SA

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

Following an accident, an apprentice’s host facilitated a good outcome.

Public news

Risk assessment management is important!

Tuesday 02 October, 2018

Get a refresher in risk assessment management and hazard identification.

Public news

Do you offer hire or loan cars to your customers?

Monday 24 September, 2018

Protect your business with the proper agreements.

Public news

Takata Airbags

Monday 24 September, 2018

Our Industry Engagement Specialist follows up questions

Public news

Meet the MTA’s specialists in your corner

Monday 24 September, 2018

We profile the MTA’s Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves.

Public news

MotoCap - Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program

Monday 24 September, 2018

MotoCap is an initiative that will be welcomed by motorcyclists. A must read for MIASA.

Public news

New IDR tools

Monday 24 September, 2018

New tools have been released. A must read for BRD members.

Public news

Insurers refund more to consumers

Monday 24 September, 2018

As a result of the Banking Royal Commission, more insurance companies have been ordered to refund customers. Read more.

Public news

Transport Forum last week

Monday 24 September, 2018

The MTA had the opportunity recently to speak with Minister Stephan Knoll on a range of issues affecting MTA members.

Public news

Are your casual employees entitled to leave?

Monday 24 September, 2018

With the issue of casuals and leave in the spotlight recently, MTA members can protect themselves with assistance from our Workplace Relations team. Read more.

Public news

Chain of Responsibility obligations

Monday 24 September, 2018

With less than one week to go before changes to the NHVL, it is imperative that all members are aware of their obligations! Read more.

Public news

Hold the Vehicle Until Repairs Paid!

Monday 24 September, 2018

MTA members have still been encountering issues in regards to holding vehicles until they are paid for. Get essential information from WR!

Members news

MotoCap - Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program

Friday 21 September, 2018

On 17 September, a rating system for motorcycle clothing was launched through the NSW Minister for Transport, called MotoCap - Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program.

Members news

New Insurer Dispute Resolution Tools Made Available

Friday 21 September, 2018

Given insurer behaviour at the moment and the MTA's and AMBRA's push to have insurers made accountable to the Royal Commission, new insurer dispute resolution tools have been made available.

Public news

A new video for sharing!

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Promoting Panel Beating apprenticeships.

Public news

Only 2 weeks to go until Chain of Responsibility changes!

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

If you operate or have heavy vehicles in your supply chain, you could be liable for accidents from October 1! Read more.

Public news

Two standout Automotive Parts Sales apprentices from Adelaide Motors

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

There are opportunities in Automotive Parts Sales

Public news

MTA Timesheets

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

What hosts and apprentices need to know

Public news

2018 Host and Apprentice Surveys

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

There is still a chance for you to have your say!

Public news

Workplace injury while using a hydraulic press

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

An apprentice was lucky to escape a workplace incident with only bruising and lacerations. Read more about why you need to use Safe Operating Procedures!

Public news

Continuing the positive Return to Work culture in the automotive industry!

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

A great early return to work story for an injured MTA apprentice at Solitaire.

Public news

Leading the way for future automotive skills!

Tuesday 18 September, 2018

The MTA has been facilitating sessions for updating automotive training curriculums. Read more about these discussions and how we are working with industry to improve the training of the future!

Members news

Automotive recall strategy

Tuesday 11 September, 2018

Members news

Independent Bus & Coach Operators Win from State Budget

Monday 10 September, 2018

After a significant amount of advocacy by IBCO Members and the MTA, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel in relation to the reforms we have been seeking for the bus and coach market arising from the State Budget last week.

Public news

DPTI will refuse registration of cars fitted with ‘Alpha’ type airbags

Monday 10 September, 2018

DPTI has revealed that cars fitted with 'Alpha' Takata Airbag inflators will be refused registration until these airbags have been replaced.

Public news

The Australian Motor Body Repairers Association recognises Audanet Private

Monday 10 September, 2018

Read from BRD Chairman Jeff Williams about AMBRA recognising the estimating platform.

Public news

August Registration Reports

Monday 10 September, 2018

Get the figures for vehicle and motorcycles registrations in South Australia for August.

Public news

2018 South Australian State Budget

Monday 10 September, 2018

Get a wrap of what it means for the automotive industry.

Public news

Addressing the issue of pre-reported car sales

Monday 10 September, 2018

Have your say in the VACC survey assisting in its investigations.

Public news

Chain of Responsibility changes are almost here!

Monday 10 September, 2018

Only three weeks to get prepared for changes!

Public news

Australian Consumer Law Guarantees

Monday 10 September, 2018

If you need a refresher in Australian Consumer Law, read this from the MTA’s Workplace Relations team.

Public news

Updating employee manuals

Monday 10 September, 2018

Need help in keeping your workplace compliant? The MTA is here to help.

Public news

Registrar Takes Initiative on Takata Recall

Saturday 08 September, 2018

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles to refuse registrations for vehicles fitted with Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018.

Members news

State Budget Divisional Summary

Friday 07 September, 2018

The MTA has prepared a summary of State Budget measures relevant to each of our Divisions.

Members news

AADA Conference Wrap

Friday 07 September, 2018

Get information on the major discussions that took place during the AADA Conference this week.

Public news

2018 State Budget - Australia Automobile Dealers Association Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

The State Budget revealed this week has a focus on lower costs for businesses, more jobs and better services.

Public news

2018 State Budget - Auto Repair and Engineering Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Body Repair Specialists Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Licensed Vehicle Dealers Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Automotive Dismantlers Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Rental Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Towing Services Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Tyre Dealers Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

2018 State Budget - Service Station Division

Thursday 06 September, 2018

Public news

State Budget to Lower Business Costs, Create Jobs & Boost Skills

Wednesday 05 September, 2018

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia today welcomed the Marshall Liberal Government’s focus on lowering business costs, creating jobs and investing in education and Vocational Training in the 2018/19 State Budget.

Members news

PwC Skills for Australia Survey

Wednesday 05 September, 2018

Skills for Australia survey

Members news

Addressing the issue of pre-reported car sales

Wednesday 05 September, 2018

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has put together a short survey to assist in its investigation of pre-reported car sales. Read more.

Members news

State Budget Snapshot

Wednesday 05 September, 2018

Yesterdays State Budget has revealed a focus on lower costs for businesses, more jobs and better services.

Public news

MTA trained apprentices getting real Motorsport experience

Tuesday 04 September, 2018

The MTA has been to The Bend Motorsport Park. Read more and view footage from the weekend.

Public news

Overcoming barriers in training

Tuesday 04 September, 2018

Automotive Refinishing Technology Apprentice Lachlan Mosely tells his story about overcoming barriers and succeeding in his training.

Public news

Two standout Panel Beating apprentices

Tuesday 04 September, 2018

Jayden Hardman and Nicholas Trace, about to start at their hosts, share their initial training experience with the MTA and why they chose to be Panel Beaters.

Public news

Solitaire Audi – Mile End leads the way in early intervention!

Tuesday 04 September, 2018

The automotive industry in South Australia is seeing a very positive turn towards a better Return to Work culture. Read more.

Public news

Why it’s so important to report workplace injuries

Tuesday 04 September, 2018

Get essential information from the MTA on reporting workplace injuries, ensuring you remain compliant.

Public news

Joint MTA and National Motor Museum project

Tuesday 04 September, 2018

The MTA has painted a Ford Cortina for the National Motor Museum at Birdwood. Read more and view images of the progress.

Public news

Changes to National Heavy Vehicle Law are less than five weeks away

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Ensure you know how to stay compliant with Chain of Responsibility training with the MTA!

Public news

MTA Apprentices received real Motorsport experience over the weekend

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Read more about the team taking part in the Supersprint at The Bend.

Public news

Proposed changed to Forms 5 and 6

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

A must read for AADA, LVD and MIASA members!

Public news

SafeWork SA clamping down on heavy vehicle safety

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

SafeWork SA has sent us communications indicating that they are clamping down on road safety in regards to heavy vehicles. Read more.

Public news

Have your opportunity to shape the automotive training of the future

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Dates and times locked in for the Skills for Australia sessions.

Public news

Possible Casual Employee Entitlements to Leave

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

A recent court decision highlights the importance of ensuring your casuals are paid correctly! Protect your business with essential information from the Workplace Relations team.

Public news

How to Bring a Minor Civil Claim

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Minor civil claims are a cost effective way which attempt to collect debt or to claim damages. Read how they work.

Public news

How to Defend Against a Minor Civil Claim

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Defending a Minor Civil Claim can be hard. Get the right information from the MTA’s Workplace Relations team.

Public news

Flex Commissions – What you need to know

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

A must read for Dealers!

Public news

Class exemption for collective bargaining

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

The ACCC is seeking feedback in regards to a potential ‘class exemption’. Have your say!

Public news

Providing apprentices with hands on Motorsport experience!

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Read about the Supercar teams our apprentices will be in and where you can find the Motorsport Repair Team mobile workshop!

Public news

New software at the Training and Employment Centre is ensuring that your apprentices are getting the training they need.

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Read about Electude, the new training program featuring interactive online modules apprentices and trainers are using in the classroom.

Public news

The MTA’s Careers Day is fast approaching

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Read about our ongoing engagement with schools and how we are engaging with young people, getting them into successful careers and providing them with opportunities.

Public news

Standout apprentice for this fortnight – Automotive Refinishing Apprentice Rowan Atkinson

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Rowan recently made the transfer from TAFE to the MTA and says the transition was very smooth and he is looking forward to completing his training. Read more.

Public news

The MTA is set to host a series of workshops and require industry’s input in regards to automotive training.

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Read more about how you can have your say.

Public news

Host and apprentice surveys. Your opinion matters to us!

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Your opinion matters to us as we seek to improve our training methods and learning materials.

Public news

Casual staff potentially entitled to annual leave!

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Last week, the full bench of the Federal Court found that casual workers may be entitled in certain circumstances to annual leave.

Public news

Work, Health and Safety inductions

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

A Work Health & Safety (WHS) Workplace Induction is an important step when a new apprentice commences work for the first time in a new environment. Read more.

Public news

How do you maintain Hoist Safety?

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Maintaining hoist safety is a must. Read more about how the MTA can help.

Public news

Supersprint double pass giveaway!

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

We are giving away a double pass to the Supersprint at Tailem Bend, 24th to the 26th of August.

Public news

Essential Takata Airbags FAQ.

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

The MTA’s Industry Engagement Specialist Nathan Groves explains in a new video from us what you need to look out for!

Public news

August and September are a busy time for MTA members

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Read about what is coming up and how the MTA is helping you and your business.

Public news

Have your say on the upcoming State Budget!

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

The State Budget is approaching and we value your input on how the State Government should be spending tax payers money.

Public news

July Vehicle and Motorcycle registrations

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Positives and negatives in the July vehicle and motorcycle registration reports. Read more.

Public news

Government fees to use the PPSR are now lower

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

A must read for LVD members.

Public news

NHVR open consultation on rear wheel modifications

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

The NHVR is having an open consultation in regards to rear wheel modifications affecting those in the heavy vehicle sector.

Public news

Congratulations – Peter Kittle Collision Repair

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Peter Kittle Collision Repair attains Level 3 Green Stamp Accreditation with assistance from the MTA’s Workplace Relations Advisor Laura Taylor.

Public news

The Fair Work Commission has decided to add a new entitlement for unpaid family and domestic violence leave in Modern Awards.

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Get more information from the MTA’s Workplace Relations team.

Public news

Contract offsets. Protect over Award payments you make.

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Don’t get caught out with an underpayment claim!

Public news

MTA member FAQs

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Get answers to frequently asked member questions fielded by MTA staff this fortnight.

Public news

MTA host and apprentice surveys

Tuesday 07 August, 2018

Your opinion matters to us as we seek to improve our training methods and learning materials.

Public news

“I have a passion for cars and the training I receive from the MTA is relevant to many industries.”

Tuesday 07 August, 2018

Read about our standout apprentice for this fortnight, Second Year Automotive Refinishing Technology Apprentice Daniel Jones.

Public news

Have your say on automotive skills training!

Tuesday 07 August, 2018

The MTA is set to host a series of workshops and require industry’s valuable input in regards to automotive training. Read more.

Public news

Additional qualifications and sites as a result of the VTECH Automotive Training transition to the MTA.

Tuesday 07 August, 2018

Read more about how your business and apprentices can benefit.

Public news

A great Return to Work story for an injured MTA apprentice

Tuesday 07 August, 2018

A host employer has done an excellent job in facilitating a great Return to Work outcome for an injured apprentice. Read more.

Public news

The importance of toolbox meetings

Tuesday 07 August, 2018

Toolbox meetings are an outlet for information and provide workers with the opportunity to have their say about safety hazards, incidents/accidents, work processes and company procedures.

Public news

All training services offered by VTECH are transitioning to the MTA’s Automotive Training and Employment services

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

All training services offered by VTECH are transitioning to the MTA’s Automotive Training and Employment services

Public news

The MTA’s Annual General Meeting was held last week where Past President Neville Gibb received Life Membership

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Read more about Neville Gibb's accomplishments.

Public news

Update on petrol theft reporting method

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

A must read for our Service Station Division members!

Public news

New MVIRI website for BRD members

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

A revitalised website for BRD members will complement internal processes that the MTAA, MTA Members and AMBRA have introduced in the IDR Builder, assisting in the IDR submission process. Read more.

Public news

Be wary of DIY electric vehicle repairs and retrofitting

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Read more about the increased need for industry training in emerging technology.

Members news

Trade plates and vehicle defect notices

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Can you drive with a trade plate on a heavy vehicle that has a defect notice? Hear from Industry Engagement Specialist Paul Back who answers recent member enquiries.

Public news

National Transport Commission (NTC) study on driver fatigue

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

The NTC is currently calling for transport companies and heavy vehicle operators to take part in a survey on driver fatigue.

Public news

Dealing with poor performance in the workplace?

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

One of the most common issues workplaces face is poor performance. Get essential information from the MTA’s IR team about how can deal with it.

Public news

Getting the redundancy process right

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Avoid claims against you and your business!

Public news

Frequently Asked MTA member questions

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Get answers to frequently asked questions from MTA members from our Workplace Relations team.

Public news

Domestic violence leave in Modern Awards

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

The Fair Work Commission has decided to include a new entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave in Modern Awards.

Public news

MTA election results

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

The election results of the MTA Board were announced at the 2018 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday August 24.

Public news

What is the future of automotive technology

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

We interview MTA GTO Manager Jason Polgreen about the future of automotive technology and career pathways!

Public news

Two Automotive Refinishing Technology apprentices shine after initial MTA training

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

First year apprentices Alana Baker and Katie Stewart are completing their initial training with the MTA and both are already making waves with their outstanding skills and dedication. Read more.

Public news

MTA apprentices recognising a changing industry and the need to adapt

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Read about 2nd year Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology apprentice Miguel Winkler and how he sees the need to be multi skilled in a changing industry.

Public news

Racing to The Bend Motorsport track

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

MTA apprentices to take part in the Motorsport Repair Team in August! Register your interest to take part!

Public news

Why risk assessments matter!

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Apprentice suffers deep cut requiring 3 internal stiches and 8 external stitches!

Public news

Why workplace inspection and observation tours are essential in your workshops

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Read about the MTA’s recent observation tours and what you can do to stay safe.

Public news

Revised transport awards!

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

A must read for Bus and Coach, Commercial Vehicle Industry Association members and others involved in road transport.

Public news

National AMBRA meeting and tackling ongoing Body Repair Division issues

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Chair of AMBRA Jeff Williams and the MTA attended the recent national meeting. Read more about the ongoing work the MTA is doing for BRD members.

Public news

Takata Airbags information for Second-hand vehicle dealers.

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Nissan Australia has released a guide for their vehicles aimed at LVD members. Read more.

Public news

Autonomous Emergency Braking systems becoming commonplace on Australian roads

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Autonomous Emergency Braking systems now found in 31 per cent of new vehicles sold in Australia.

Public news

June vehicle and motorcycle registration reports

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

June saw an overall drop in sales for vehicles and motorcycles. Read more.

Public news

Trust your local mechanic!

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

A national survey shows 86% of drivers trust their local mechanic!

Public news

NHVR Chain of Responsibility Training being run by the MTA

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

To assist members with Chain of Responsibility Laws coming in effect in October 2018, the MTA is providing a simple approach in regards to the safety of heavy vehicle transport.

Public news

WR FAQs

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Get the answers to the most common questions fielded by the MTA's Industrial Relations Department.

Public news

Time to review your workplace contracts

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Some businesses believe that paying above award wage rates, they are protecting themselves. This is not the case and the MTA can protect your business with the proper contracts you need.

Public news

Racing to The Bend Motorsport track

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

MTA apprentices to take part in the Motorsport Repair Team in August! Register your interest to take part!

Public news

MTA Apprentices taking part in a refinishing job for the Birdwood Motor Museum

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

MTA Automotive Refinishing Apprentices have been taking part in a job for the Birdwood Motor Museum, refinishing a 1970s Ford Cortina. Get images here!

Public news

Apprentices show off their colour matching skills

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

The Training and Employment Centre hosted the PPG Colour Matching Competition last week. Read more and get images here!

Public news

CMV Mercedes-Benz graduation evening

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Two MTA trained apprentices have graduated and attended the recent CMV Mercedes-Benz graduation night.

Public news

Improving automotive training

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Your opportunity to give advice the Industry and Skills Commission on where investments in training should be going!

Public news

A great return to work story for an injured MTA trained apprentice

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

The industry is seeing a positive change in Return to Work culture for injured apprentices!

Public news

Heavy Vehicle Technician suffers exhaust inhalation incident

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Why SafeWork SA notifications matter! Don’t get caught out after a serious injury or incident in your workshop!

Public news

MTA trained apprentices shine in PPG Colour Matching Competition!

Friday 06 July, 2018

MTA trained apprentice Lucy Grimwood from Fleurieu Crash Repairs has won the PPG Colour Matching Competition which was recently held at the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre.

Public news

Flawed Shop Trading Hours Legislation introduced into Parliament

Wednesday 04 July, 2018

On the 3rd July 2018, the State Government released the Retail Trading Bill 2018 which seeks to deregulate shop trading hours in South Australia.


Public news

Minimum wages increased by 3.5% as a result of the Annual Wage Review

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

The revised wage schedules are operative from the first full pay period commenced on or after 1 July 2018. Get essential information here!

Public news

Towing roster fee update

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

The new regulations commenced on 1 July 2018. This is a must read for the Towing Services Division!

Public news

Recycler obligations in regards to written off vehicles

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

What are your reporting obligations to change a vehicle write-off status once it is in your possession? Get essential information from our Industry Engagement Specialists

Public news

Recall obligations for suppliers under voluntary recall

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

If you need clarification on recall obligations for suppliers under voluntary recall, you must read this.

Public news

9 out of 10 car buyers opt for automatics

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

Latest research shows that 90% of Australian buyers are opting for vehicles with automatic transmissions.

Public news

67% of road users don’t understand compulsory third party insurance

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

An alarming number of vehicle owners are unaware of what their compulsory third party insurance gives them, potentially leaving them out of pocket in the case of an accident. Read more.

Public news

Supporting school transport

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

Bus and Coach industry representatives attended a National Disability Policy and Programs workshop, discussing options for the delivery of supported school transport under the NDIS.

Public news

Do you employ an apprentice? Make sure you are registered!

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

If you have received a letter from the Department for Industry and Skills in relation to expiring employer registrations under the Training and Skills Development Act 2008, this is a must read!

Public news

Time to review your employment contracts!

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

MTA members should consider reviewing existing employment contracts.

Public news

Member Frequently Asked Questions

Tuesday 03 July, 2018

Get the answers to frequently asked questions by MTA members.

Public news

Drug and alcohol session a great success with apprentices

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Sammy D Foundation working with the ISMAA program to assist apprentices who may be facing barriers in their training.

Public news

Apprentice racing in rally car

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Get an update on third year Light Vehicle apprentice Shane Alker who has been racing a rally car he built himself!

Public news

The keys to an apprenticeship in Panel Beating

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

We profile 4th year Automotive Body Repair Technology Apprentice Scott Clothier

Public news

Australian electric vehicle charging network expanding

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Range fear is soon becoming a thing of the past as electric charging stations begin to cover most populated areas of the country.

Public news

Another great return to work outcome secured for a MTA apprentice!

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

The MTA in conjunction with an host employer has facilitated another good return to work outcome for a first year apprentice following an accident with an angle grinder.

Public news

Serious apprentice incident results in SafeWork SA notification

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

A fourth year apprentice was badly injured while moving a high performance vehicle off a tow truck highlighting once again the importance of knowing what is a notifiable incident and what to do.

Public news

What is a risk assessment?

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

The legal duty of an employer is to provide safe working environments. Risk assessments are a way of ensuring this. Get essential information from the MTA’s Workplace Relations Department here!

Public news

Single Touch Payroll starts 1 July 2018!

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Ensure your business is prepared with the MTA.

Public news

New Compulsory Third Party premium pricing for 2018/19

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Get the updated figures here.

Public news

Forms 5 and 6 Working Group coming up

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

The MTA is facilitating a Working Group designed to improve sales contracts for vehicle dealers. Read more.

Public news

The ACCC wants to know what you think of them!

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

The ACCC is inviting MTA members to participate in a survey as to how the ACCC carries out their work. Read more.

Public news

May Vehicle and Motorcycle Registration Report

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Mixed results in the May Vehicle and Motorcycle Registration reports.

Public news

Fatigue related heavy vehicle 12t law – NHVR Information Evening follow up

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Follow up Answer to Fatigue Regulated Heavy Vehicle 12t Law

Public news

The ACCC hits back at quad bike industry claims

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

The ACCC has proposed major changes to improve the safety of quadbikes, including the introduction of mandatory crush and roll-over protection.

Public news

Minimise Fines Fear and Red Tape in 2018

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Sort out your training and auditing requirements with the MTA now!

Public news

After hours fatalities from fatigue

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Why you shouldn’t ignore known risks – access the MTA’s checklists and policies.

Public news

Frequently Asked Questions – Terminations of employment

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

What to pay upon termination of employment and other termination requirements to watch out for.

Public news

Congratulations to our automotive graduates!

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

The MTA held our annual graduation on Friday June 1. Read more and get footage from the evening

Public news

The keys to a mature aged apprenticeship.

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

A big hurdle for some looking to get into the automotive industry is a mature aged apprenticeship. Read about one apprentice who took every opportunity to succeed in her mature aged apprenticeship.

Public news

MTA apprentice to Jarvis Subaru Service Manager!

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

MTA Apprentice Alumni Adrian King has recently become Service Manager of Jarvis Subaru. Read more about Adrian’s journey through the MTA and Jarvis.

Public news

MTA to host PPG Colour Matching Competition.

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

The MTA is hosting a Colour Matching Competition in July which will be open to MTA and industry apprentices. Get registration information.

Public news

How much work, health and safety consultation do you provide?

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Workshops must stay on top of requirements!

Public news

Why operating procedures are just as important as PPE.

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

Accident leads to thumb laceration despite wearing correct PPE.

Public news

MTA CELEBRATES THE GRADUATION OF 96 AUTOMOTIVE APPRENTICES

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia (MTA) held its annual graduation ceremony last Friday night celebrating the success and hard work of 96 graduating automotive apprentices.

Public news

Essential Takata information.

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

Read more about the recent ACCC Takata Briefing held at MTA House and reporting obligations for dealers.

Public news

Consumer and Business Services continue their support of second-hand vehicle dealers.

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

Consumer and Business Services investigations and enforcement have led to four written assurances not to carry on a business as a Second-hand car dealer.

Public news

The ACCC recommends 10 Changes to the Franchising Code.

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

The ACCC has made recommendations to the Code in a recent submission. Read more.

Public news

The ACCC announces continuation of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme.

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

The ACCC announces continuation of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme.

Public news

Light vehicle inspections are a must to improve safety on our roads!

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

A Mobile Pink Slip system is being trialled in New South Wales. More work needs to be done in South Australia to facilitate the safety inspections.

Public news

The MTA calls for enhanced safety in regards to tyre fitments.

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

Two wheel drive equivalents of four wheel drive vehicles and the National Code of Practice issues.

Public news

Minimum wages increased as a result of the Annual Wage Review

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

All workers on the minimum wage will need to receive a pay rise following the Fair Work Commission’s decision.

Public news

Member FAQ’s – Employer responsibilities

Tuesday 05 June, 2018

clicking hereclicking hereclicking hereEmployers have many responsibilities in regards to their employees. Get answers to commonly fielded Workplace Relations questions.

Public news

MTA Apprentice Alumni to Red Bull Holden Racing Team mechanic!

Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Read about Lana Brooks who graduated in 2017 who now has a key role in the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

Public news

Trusting MTA apprentices to get the job done!

Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Read about 4th year Light Vehicle Technology apprentice Joseph D’Angelo who looks back on his apprenticeship as he repairs rare cars such as a Ford XC Cobra and a Ford GT XB.

Public news

MTA at the Careers and Employment Expo.

Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Encouraging the next generation into an automotive trade to fight the skills shortage.

Public news

Host employer supports injured MTA apprentice with return to work recovery.

Tuesday 29 May, 2018

A positive change is occurring in Return to Work culture in Automotive businesses. Read more.

Public news

Are your emergency procedures up to date?

Tuesday 29 May, 2018

The MTA can assist with legislative requirements covering the health and safety of your workers, avoiding a costly disaster.

Public news

ANCAP ‘slams’ Federal and State Government over failures to address ageing vehicle fleets

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

ANCAP says State and Federal Government are not addressing the issue of cars becoming too old for our roads. Read more.

Public news

April Vehicle Registration Report

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

South Australia has fared better in April with a Year over Year increase.

Public news

Continue to support independents!

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

The ACCC confirms that independent petrol stations have cheaper prices in Adelaide!

Public news

Essential Takata Airbags information.

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

What MTA members need to know before mandatory reports are due in July and the upcoming ACCC briefing on the Takata Airbags recall.

Public news

Hold the vehicle until repairs are paid for!

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Having trouble getting paid for repair work done? Read the latest advice for MTA members.

Public news

Have a No Mobile Phone at work policy?

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

A recent Fair Work Commission hearing found the sacking of one employee using a phone to be unfair.

Public news

Authorised Deductions for Staff Accounts.

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

There are strict rules surrounding deductions from employee wages. Don’t get caught out!

Public news

Accommodating apprentice needs and skills requirements

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Third year Automotive Refinishing Technology apprentice Adam Shultz looks back on his training and ahead to more study with the MTA to become dual trade!

Public news

How the MTA is tackling apprentice issues with drugs, mental health and budgeting.

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

The MTA has been working hard to deliver mentoring services to automotive apprentices and getting their lives on track! Read more about what is currently being done...

Public news

Promoting automotive apprenticeships

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

What happens when you take a remote control car, fit a GoPro to the top, put it next to a supercharged Monaro and drive it around the Training and Employment Centre? Find out!

Public news

MTA trained apprentice to Service Manager in 3 years!

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Read more about Tim Mallen, MTA apprentice Alumni and now Jarvis Norwood Service Manager!

Public news

Near accident displays why proper PPE is critical!

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Without the proper PPE, an apprentice would have suffered a serious trip to the doctor! Read more.

Public news

Have welding equipment in your repair shop?

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Routine inspections are a must in any workshop, including at the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre. Pre-use checks revealed a faulty welding hose.

Members news

Vehicle Award Review Update

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

The Fair Work Act 2009 requires that all modern awards are to be reviewed by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) as part of a four year review process. The Vehicle Manufacturing Repair Services and Retail Award 2010 (the Vehicle Award) was listed with a number of other modern awards in the first tranche of awards in this four year review process.

Public news

Are electric vehicles coming to your workshop or business?

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

Presently, the sale of electric vehicles is low and hybrid vehicle sales could be classified as promising without being spectacular. Getting consumers on board by having Governments provide incentives, providing industry with support to train the next generation of electric vehicle service technicians and providing more charging infrastructure may be the keys to meeting targets set by Government.

Public news

New way to report petrol theft

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

Service station operators have been frustrated for some time over the time it takes to report a drive off and being able to provide enough evidence of intent of not paying.

Public news

Federal Budget 2018

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

Last night the Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison handed down his third budget which has some positive elements within it.


This budget attempts to give businesses and households confidence to invest and spend as the Government has committed to structural tax reform including...

Public news

Important Heavy Vehicle Inspection Information

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

With the South Australian Government committing to the introduction of mandatory heavy vehicle inspections, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has created a link to specific information for interested parties.

Public news

Increasing engagement with industry and continuous improvement

Tuesday 08 May, 2018

Our ongoing review of the automotive industry's requests and review of our learning materials ensures our training remains relevant for industry. Our trainers continue to be out and about, talking to businesses about what skills automotive technicians need today and into the future. This is all part of the MTA’s commitment to providing work ready apprentices for your workshops from day one of their apprenticeship.

Public news

ATV Safety - Coroners' evidence ignored

Monday 07 May, 2018

Recent recommendations with the aim of improving ATV safety handed down at three separate and independent Coronial Inquests have gone unheard interstate. Following the findings into several ATV fatalities over a period of five years, the Tasmanian Coroner noted that none of the riders tragically killed received formal ATV-rider training and consequently recommended mandating training for all riders.

Members news

Electrical Testing and Tagging - Saving time and money!

Monday 07 May, 2018

The MTA will be running an Electrical Testing and Tagging course at our Training and Employment centre on 28 May. This course is an excellent way to reduce costs in your business in relation to the legislated requirement to have all of your electrical equipment tested and tagged. The below table stipulates to current timeframes for equipment to be tested depending on location or use.

Public news

Vehicles with Takata Airbags - What are the rules on selling?

Sunday 06 May, 2018

Given the importance of the Takata airbag recall and recent discussions with members, the MTA is re-iterating some information regarding when vehicles that are under an active or future recall can be sold. Please ensure this information is known by all your staff.

Public news

Australian Consumer Law review underway

Sunday 06 May, 2018

Following the Federal Government’s Regulatory Impact Statement to examine the proposed changes to Australian Consumer Law (ACL) from a recent review, the MTA has lodged our submission containing several recommendations.

Members news

Frequently Asked MTA member questions

Sunday 06 May, 2018

We continue our FAQ section, covering answers to the most popular questions by MTA members this fortnight...

Public news

SafeWork SA Improvement Notice issued on vehicle hoist compliance

Tuesday 01 May, 2018

Workshops must always consider safety when employees are required to work under raised vehicles. Although this everyday task of raising a vehicle for servicing is necessary in most workshops, it should never be taken for granted. The consequences may be fatal if a hoist collapses while an employee is working underneath it.

Public news

Takata Misdeployment Incident Report Form

Tuesday 01 May, 2018

MTA members, hosts and apprentices need to be aware of the regulations surrounding the misdeployment of a Takata Airbag and what to do in the event that this happens in a workplace.

Public news

Meet the MTA's new Panel Beating trainer, James Williams

Tuesday 01 May, 2018

James Williams is the latest automotive industry specialist to join the MTA in training the next generation of Panel Beaters at the Training and Employment Centre.

Public news

Apprentice to Diagnostic Technician, Dale Hawke

Monday 30 April, 2018

How many people can say they get to service cars in an environment surrounded by Ferrari’s, the latest high performance BMW’s and other luxury vehicles?

Public news

460 defect notices issued to motorists during police blitz

Tuesday 24 April, 2018

A recent safety blitz on Adelaide roads has revealed an alarming number of unroadworthy vehicles currently being driven, with some drivers were aware their vehicle was defectable.

Out of the 460 defect notices issued, 29 motorists were cautioned for breaching vehicle standards and 16 were issued with expiation notices for driving contrary to a defect notice or breaching vehicle safety standards.

Members news

Payment Terms Caution

Thursday 05 April, 2018

The MTA has been advised that several members have experienced payment difficulties when undertaking work for clients through Drivercare.

Members news

New Services Available on mySA GOV account

Wednesday 04 April, 2018

Recent changes to the Motor Vehicle Act allow a client with a mySA GOV account (formerly known as an EzyReg Account) to complete a range of transactions online. These include 'Transfer vehicle to my name', 'Submit a notice of disposal' and 'Cancel registration' which were introduced in February 2018.

Public news

Detailed Easter trading hours information

Wednesday 28 March, 2018

The Easter break is imminent and MTA Members are reminded of their obligations regarding shop trading hours over this period. This includes the observance of public holiday conditions and rates for any work performed on public holidays, as set out in the relevant modern awards.

Members news

HVIS Registration of Interest

Tuesday 27 March, 2018

The MTA wishes to advise that it will be tendering to provide end to end system manager services for the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme. These services are anticipated to be delivered through a new company that will manage the system on behalf of the MTA if we are successful in the tender process.

Members news

IBCO Divisional meeting date change

Wednesday 28 February, 2018

It has been requested that the date of the next meeting be changed to April.

Members news

Summary of the MVIRI Code of Conduct

Tuesday 20 February, 2018

The MTA has been working to inform members about the benefits of the Code over the last few months with reviews of all 13 sections of the Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry (MVIRI) Code of Conduct.

Members news

BRD Industry Briefing Follow up

Wednesday 07 February, 2018

Thank you to the approximately 80 members who attended the BRD Industry Briefing last night.

Members news

Deadline for Forms Compliance

Monday 05 February, 2018

The compliance deadline regarding the new Second-hand Vehicle Dealers Act forms is almost upon us.

The MTA reminds all dealers that the new forms must be used from March 1 to ensure compliance.

Public news

Motor Trade Association of South Australia gets real about the true costs and charges of motor vehicle body repair

Tuesday 30 January, 2018

A new cost calculator tool that will assist motor body repair businesses across South Australia transparently identify their costs and a charge out hourly rate for their business, was launched today by the MTA of SA, and its Motor Body Repair Division, as a Member of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Australian Motor Body Repairers Association (AMBRA).

Members news

New Cost Calculator

Tuesday 30 January, 2018

A new cost calculator tool that will assist body repair businesses across South Australia to transparently identify their costs and establish a charge out hourly rate for their business, will be launched this Friday, 2 February by the MTA and its Body Repair Division, as a member of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Australian Motor Body Repairers Association (AMBRA).

Members news

Motor Vehicle Standards Act Review

Tuesday 23 January, 2018

The Federal Government has released proposed legislation resulting from the review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act.

Public news

Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting January 2018

Friday 12 January, 2018

December 2017’s Motorcycle Reference Group meeting contained much discussion on ways to better achieve a reduction in motorcycle fatalities in 2018. The Minister for Road Safety has called for all options to be put on the table.

Members news

Code of Practice for The Provision of Facilities for Sanitation and Personal Hygiene

Friday 05 January, 2018

The Minister for Health has proposed a review of the Code of Practice following an incident where a child sustained a sharps related injury in a public toilet located in a service station.

Public news

MTA secures mentor funding to support automotive apprentices

Tuesday 02 January, 2018

Today the Federal Government announced the MTA will deliver mentoring services to South Australian automotive apprentices through the new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) service.

Members news

Deadline extension for Second Hand Vehicle Dealers

Tuesday 02 January, 2018

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has confirmed in writing with the MTA that the deadline to begin using updated Dealer Forms 5 and 6 (contract of sale) has been extended to 1 March 2018.

Members news

IAG / NTAR Implementation Date

Wednesday 20 December, 2017

Our Divisional Chair Jeff Williams received confirmation from IAG last week that although NTAR will be their preferred method from January 1 2018, they will not refuse other forms of estimates.

Members news

Roadworthy certificates on motorcycles and off road riding facilities

Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Further to our news alert last week on the South Australian Government following up safety talks early next year, roadworthy certificates on Motorcycles and off road riding facilities for registered bikes are still on the agenda for further discussion.

Public news

New Car Retailing Report Provides Direction for Industry

Friday 15 December, 2017

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia (MTA) today welcomed the final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Market Study into New Car Retailing which will improve the operation of the new car retailing market and provide a roadmap for resolution of a number of longstanding issues in the industry.

Members news

Important Tender Information re Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme

Friday 15 December, 2017

This morning the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Project Team released procurement documents that have been uploaded and can be found at the Tenders SA website by clicking here (Tender Document No. DPTI042748).

Public news

ACCC to oppose BP's acquisition of Woolworths service stations

Thursday 14 December, 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced today that it intends to oppose the proposed acquisition by BP Australia Pty Ltd of Woolworths Limited's retail service station sites.

Members news

Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting

Thursday 14 December, 2017

Off the back of 22 motorcycle related fatalities this year (double the yearly average of the past 5 years) the Motorcycle Reference Group (MRG) met on Wednesday 13 December to discuss road safety priority areas for motorcyclists.

Members news

ACCC Market Study into New Car Retailing

Thursday 14 December, 2017

Today the ACCC released the final report of their Market Study into New Car Retailing which will improve the operation of the new car retailing market and provide a roadmap to resolve a number of longstanding issues in the industry.

Members news

BRD Survey

Friday 08 December, 2017

The MTA is conducting a survey of the Collision Repair division to gain further insight into your thoughts about current issues affecting members and how much they concern you.

Members news

Dealer Fees / Regulations

Thursday 30 November, 2017

In response to concerns raised by a number of members in relation to both the timing and nature of changes to form 5, the MTA has approached the Commissioner for Consumer and Business Services requesting both an extension to the grace period for the introduction of these changes and consideration of additional concerns raised.

Members news

NHVR Survey

Friday 24 November, 2017

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is conducting market research as part of their continuous improvement approach to get views and opinions about the level of service they provide.

Members news

Bus Compliance Plates

Monday 13 November, 2017

DPTI has advised the MTA that the review of the regional passenger transport system is taking substantially longer than originally planned. As a result, the current contracts are being rolled over for a further 12 months to allow time for changes to procurement and contract processes to take place.

Members news

Class 88 Insurance for Farm Machinery

Thursday 09 November, 2017

The MTA has been in discussions with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Transport (DPTI) to determine how the insurance of farm machinery is applied where the Gross Combination Mass (tractor and towed implement) is greater than the recorded GVM of the Special Purpose Vehicle.

Members news

NHVR Feedback Needed

Friday 20 October, 2017

The NHVR has opened a page on its website where industry participants may comment on the development of a single National Agricultural vehicle combination notice.

Members news

PPSR

Friday 13 October, 2017

We are seeking engagement from MTA members in a national survey concerning the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR).

The PPSR has been the single national register of security interests in personal property which replaced all state based Vehicle Securities Registers.

Members news

QBE Calling For Expressions Of Interest

Friday 06 October, 2017

QBE Insurance Australia recently announced it is expanding its Accredited Smash Repairer (ASR) network to locations in metropolitan and regional Australia and has called for repairers to express interest in a Request for Proposal (RFP). Targeted locations in South Australia include Adelaide and Mt Gambier.

Public news

Contract of Sale Forms

Thursday 05 October, 2017

Forms 5 and 6 used in the sale of a second hand vehicle have recently undergone several amendments. Failure to display forms that do not have these changes will not comply with the Act and Regulations. The new forms came into effect on 1 September 2017.


Public news

New ‘Effects Test’ to help Crash Repair Sector

Wednesday 16 August, 2017

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia has today welcomed the introduction of an ‘effects test’ into Australia’s competition laws.

Public news

Standout Light Vehicle apprentices – Matthew John-Clarke and Steven Yothathone

Tuesday 30 October, 0001

The MTA currently has a standout class of light vehicle apprentices finishing up their first few weeks of training. Read about GTO and RTO apprentices who are showcasing their ability.