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Fair Work Commission announces wage increase for 2024

The Fair Work Commission has released its Annual Wage Review 2023-24 Decision, impacting millions of Australian workers. The decision, handed down last week, will see a 3.75% increase in both the National Minimum Wage and minimum wage rates under modern awards. Key Points: 3.75 per cent increase to National Minimum Wage and modern award minimum rates New National Minimum Wage: $24.10 per hour or $915.90 per week Changes effective from the first full pay period on or after July 1, 2024 Impact on Modern Awards The 3.75 per cent increase will apply to all modern awards, including the Vehicle Repair, [...]

De Haan Bodyworks celebrates 50 years with the TACC

De Haan Bodyworks Fifty-year TACC member, De Haan Bodyworks is a family affair. Dirk De Haan, started the business on 10 March 1958 in Devonport and he passed it on to his son, Dirk Junior, in 1981. Today, the founder’s grandchildren – the third generation – play an important role in the business. Dirk De Haan Senior has an incredible story. Jeremy: “My grandfather got taken away as a prisoner of war during WWII and he worked near to Hitler’s house (in Berchtesgaden) taking care of a disabled elderly lady. He was a servant, I guess you could say. “When [...]

Apprentice Jack West shines in automotive industry

In a testament to the depth of the automotive industry in Tasmania, European Technology Bodyworks has put forward a candidate for the Skills Tasmania Tasmanian Training Awards. Jack West, a TACC apprentice, is in the running for the prestigious Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by TasTAFE. Jack’s journey began in 2020 when he started his apprenticeship after completing Year 10. Employed by TACC and hosted by the Bocchino family at European Technology Bodyworks in Moonah, Jack has quickly risen through the ranks to become a standout in his field. Alfonso Bocchino appreciates and acknowledges Jack’s achievements and contributions. “Jack [...]

New TACC Executive Committee elected

TACC is pleased to announce the results of its bi-annual elections. Members have elected a new nine-member Executive Committee, representing a diverse cross-section of the automotive industry. The committee will serve for the next two years. The newly elected TACC Executive Committee members are: Roger White – Specialised Car Centre Jesse Carter – Autotechnik Mark Cooper – Cooper Automotive Robert Jenkyns – Blackmans Bay Motors Peter Killick – B Select Moonah Michael Grubb – Specialist Auto Group Kate Presnell – Kate Presnell Body Works Gene Finn – Finns Bodyworks Matthew Allen – North City Cars and Commercials. As we welcome [...]

Tasmania invests in automotive education

Tasmania invests in automotive education: TACC Grant and TasTAFE upgrades Tasmania’s automotive education sector is receiving a significant boost through two major initiatives aimed at enhancing training capabilities and addressing industry skills shortages. TACC has secured substantial government funding to improve automotive apprenticeship programs, while TasTAFE is upgrading its facilities to provide state-of-the-art training environments. These developments represent a coordinated effort to strengthen the state’s automotive workforce and align educational offerings with industry needs. TACC has received a grant through the Tasmanian Automotive Training Partnership which is supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Department of State Growth’s Industry Partnerships [...]

Skilled labour – Keeping the state moving

It’s no secret Tasmanian businesses find it difficult to attract labour. We all know the pain of not being able to get staff and the automotive industry is no different. TACC has a long history of doing something about it. Currently, TACC employs and places almost 90 apprentices all across the state. That’s vital work. We’re also heavily involved in training, and work with schools and TAFE colleges to help young people develop serious, real-world skills that can help TACC members run better businesses. In the end, Tasmanian motorists are the real winners. After all, what would you do if [...]

Launceston member night

What a fantastic Member Engagement Night we had in Launceston last week at X Golf! With 60 attendees the evening was a perfect mix of socialising, golf-themed fun and some industry discussions and updates. The simulated golf experience was a huge hit, with members enjoying team games and driving competitions throughout the night. A big thank you to our generous sponsors – Spirit Super, Kennedy Welding Supplies, and Spectrum Paints – for helping make this event possible. Amid the socialising, we also took a moment to brief attendees on TACC’s pre-election submission document, our recent success with Tasmania’s waste tyre [...]

Northern members event

Don’t miss out on this chance to join us for an evening of entertainment and an opportunity to network together and meet industry sponsors while enjoying a drink and nibbles. You are invited to attend a free TACC member event   Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2024 Where: X Golf 90 Gleadow Street, Invermay TAS 7248 Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm (Light refreshments served from 6pm, presentation to begin at 7pm.)   We’re keeping it entertaining and simple and there will be trade exhibits and giveaways on the night – don’t miss out! No golfing experience is necessary to enjoy in the [...]

TACC Bulletin

Have your say on current skills shortages

Dear member,

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), of which VACC is a member, has engaged Deloitte Access Economics to support their response to Jobs and Skills Australia’s (JSA) 2024 Skills Priority List stakeholder survey.

The Skills Priority List is used to assess current skills shortages and future labour demand in industries across Australia. It is a key resource used to shape domestic education and training policy and to inform Australia’s Migration Program planning.

This is an opportunity for the Australian automotive retail industry to advise government of the current and expected skills shortages you are experiencing. As such, we invite you to complete the following survey link to inform our submission to government.

Automotive Skills Shortages Survey

This survey is being sent to all current MTA members and should be filled out by individual businesses. Please only provide one response per business. The findings from this survey will be used by Deloitte Access Economics and MTAA for the purpose of completing the JSA Skills Priority List stakeholder survey for the automotive industry.

Only aggregated responses will be reported, meaning your business will not be identified in any information provided to JSA.

If you have any questions about Deloitte’s privacy policy or about the survey, please contact

The survey will close Friday 9 February 2024.

Dr Imogen Reid,
Lead, Strategy and Policy