MTA Institute News

MTA Institute Launches Auto Camp Course for School kids

As the automotive industry continues its evolution through new technological advancements, it becomes ever more important to provide the training, programs and projects that assist and prepare those already in the industry, and those about to enter it, for the future.

MTA Institute Students Get to Work on Classic Ford Restoration

Getting some hands-on, real-life work while training for a career can be a priceless learning experience for any apprentice. Be it in a working business dealing with real customers or toiling over a training project that demands industry-standard results, there’s a real benefit to be had in that type of experience.

Welcome to the New World of 3D Printing Automotive Parts

The automotive industry is entering a phase of rapid change. We are facing the greatest level of technological disruption seen since the inception of cars and the future of motor trades has two clear paths; innovate and succeed in the new era of technology, or proceed with business as usual, and become obsolete.

The Benefits of Training with MTA Institute

The MTA Institute (MTAI) (RTO No. 31529) is the largest private provider of automotive apprenticeship training in Queensland. With over 1,600 apprentices and trainees state-wide, the Institute has developed a reputation for excellence, flexibility and professionalism.

$30,000 Boost to hire youth in South East Queensland

South East Queensland employers have up to 30,000 reasons to hire a young person with the Queensland Government’s expansion of their $20,000 Youth Boost Payment in combination with the Federal Government’s Youth Wage Subsidy of up to $10,000*

Queensland’s VET sector is strong and vibrant

In Queensland alone over 250 000 people will undertake publicly funded training every year with 25 per cent of this group completing either a Cert I or Cert II (traineeship) and 50.6 per cent of this group completing a Cert III (Apprenticeship).


R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services - a motorcycle services, parts and accessories business based in Townsville - has won the top prize in the Small Employer of the Year category for the North Queensland region at the Queensland Training Awards (QTA).

Battery factory visit sparks interest of MTA Institute students

Century Yuasa is Australia’s oldest battery manufacturer and one of the most reputable sources in the business. Producing over a million vehicle batteries a year, it’s also the perfect place for MTA Institute apprentices and Employability Skills Training (EST) participants to learn firsthand the ins and outs of battery production.

An Automotive Apprenticeship Can Open Many Doors!

In 1986 the average cost of a new car was $9,200, the controversial VL Commodore was powered by an imported Nissan 6-cylinder engine, and Crocodile Dundee hit the cinemas. Cars ran a little slower and were built a little heavier and for Daryn Foster, Manager of ACM Autobody in Mansfield this was his reality as a panel beating apprentice in Darwin.

Government funded Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) are proud to work with the Queensland Government in the delivery of the Automotive Industry Pre-Apprenticeship - Collision Repair Assistance to Support Hiring Apprentices (CRASH) Program.

MTA Queensland supports focus on VET

MTA Queensland is the peak organisation representing the specific interests of businesses in the retail, service and repair sectors of Queensland’s automotive value chain.

MTA Institute speeds into the future

On Monday 23rd January, industry experts and those passionate about automotive innovation joined forces at the MTA Institute $10million state-of-the-art training facility, allowing attendees a privileged glimpse into the type of vehicles leading the future of the automotive world.

Embracing the digital future

By the time you have finished reading this sentence, Google will have processed 40,000 search queries (that’s more than 3.5 billion searches per day) being made by internet users just like you. That is a vast amount of information being circulated, read, shared and talked about, all online.

Allianz Insurance enters niche market for ride-sharing services

Allianz has expanded the cover available under its Private Car Insurance policy to include the use by eligible car owners for ride-sharing activities such as Uber and Lyft. The move follows recent moves by Australian state and territory governments to formally recognise ride-sharing.

From the desk of the CEO

My focus over the past month has been on business planning with MTA Queensland staff in preparation for the next financial year, and networking with local and interstate stakeholders. I’ve commenced meeting with our corporate partners to ensure products and services to members are optimum. I’m confident we are well positioned for the coming financial year, having the resources, systems, skills and networks to progress the Association and deliver for the Membership.

Gamble pays off for Gen Y entrepreneur

Jed Sheridan of Diesel Performance and Mechanical in Gympie exemplifies all that is promising about the next generation of automotive industry professionals. Articulate, digitally savvy, technically gifted and ambitious, the MTA Institute graduate, at just 24 years of age, already operates his own workshop — built from the ground up on the foundations of his hard work and dedication.

Rory’s Harley a true work of art

Rory McKenzie is a 24-year-old, fourth-year ‪‎motorcycle‬ apprentice training with MTA Institute and working for Morgan & Wacker Harley-Davidson in Brisbane. So far, so normal, right? Wrong. Rory is not your ordinary motorcycle apprentice. In fact, though he is technically still ‘learning’ his ‪trade‬, the level of ‪skill‬ and ingenuity that he is bringing to his work is pretty remarkable.

Palaszczuk Government to change motorcycle licensing system to boost rider safety

The Palaszczuk Government is changing motorcycle licencing to improve the skills and safety of Queensland riders and better prepare them for their time on road. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said changes to the competency based testing and licensing requirements would boost safety for one of the most vulnerable groups on our roads

The 2016-17 Queensland Budget: Key facts and figures

The outlook for the Queensland economy according to the budget documents is positive with Gross State Product growth increasing from 3.5 per cent in 2015-16 to 4 per cent in 2016-17. The Budget papers indicate that the state’s fiscal position is operating on a surplus of $152 million in 2015-16 and $867 million in 2016-17.

MTA Institute's Top 10 Car Gadgets, Gizmo’s and Accessories for 2016

Most of us spend a lot of hours in our cars these days, commuting, chauffeuring kids, and running errands. To ease your auto related anxiety, and after much heated debate, the MTA Queensland has chosen our Top 10 Car Gadgets, Gizmo's and Accessories for 2016. Some of these inventions are quite useful, and some are not when it comes to utlity. In fact, they might warrant this question from the user: "What on earth were they thinking?"

From the desk of the CEO

It is a great pleasure and a true honour to return to the Motor Trades Association of Queensland as Chief Executive Officer. One of the tasks that the MTAQ Board has entrusted to me as CEO is to implement its 2016-18 Strategic Plan. This, coupled with the Objects of the MTA Queensland, will be my ‘light on the hill’ - the parameters within which I will work with the MTAQ team to achieve the outcomes for the Board and members.

GM issues preliminary recall of certain 2007-’11 vehicles

General Motors (GM) is issuing a preliminary recall for certain 2007-2011 full-size trucks and SUVs with passenger-side front airbag inflators covered by Takata defect information reports (DIRs) submitted to US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on May 16, 2016.

Union slams Federal Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program

The Federal Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program has received the backing of employers and business groups, including the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA), who have pledged to use the scheme to give unemployed young Australians the opportunity to obtain employment and apprenticeships. The pilot scheme has, however, been slammed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) who believe the program may displace apprenticeships and threaten existing workplace agreements.

Uber tests self-driving vehicle

Drivers in the US city of Pittsburgh may have seen a strange sight recently on their local roads: a car that looks like it belongs in the riot squad, or driven by a superhero. But this is not the scene from a riot, or a superhero movie — it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) located in Pittsburgh.

Jayden’s Birthday gift feeds his need for speed

MTA Institute student, karting and high-powered motoring enthusiast, Jayden Bulmer, was recently treated to a day behind the wheel of an SP21 Holden V8 Supercar at Adrenalin – a custom-built 2.1km circuit on the Gold Coast.

Dane Turnbull is the MTAQ Student of the Month for May

Dane Turnbull is the MTAQ Student of the Month for May. The 28-year-old third-year mechanical technician, working with Pedders Suspension in Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, is progressing well with the theoretical and practical aspects of his apprenticeship.

Troubled youth get a taste of the auto industry

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ and the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture Youth Justice Centres recently held a day of presentations and workshops focused on giving troubled youth a taste of training and employment opportunities within the automotive industry.

Jamahl Byrne’s 66 Ford Mustang a true thoroughbred

Jamahl Byrne is not your typical ‘live for the weekend’ 20-year-old. Already employed as a full-time automotive technician after completing his MTA Institute (MTAI) apprenticeship, Jamahl and his father David have spent the last two years meticulously restoring a 1966 Ford Mustang at home.

Comment from MTAI General Manager - Paul Kulpa

For those that have been involved in the review of the Automotive Training Package (which is the basis of all apprentice/trainee training), Auto Skills Australia has announced that the AUR (release 3) Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package has been published to the National Register (


Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast is the undisputed hub for all the great recreational opportunities the region has to offer. Boasting excellent fishing that draws anglers in from far and wide, as well as a thriving whale watching and boating industry, the region has been touted as ‘Australia’s leading nature-based destination’.