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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’.

Federal Budget 2016-17: SMEs and the Motor Trades

The 2016 Federal Budget included many changes, some quite substantial, in areas such as tax, superannuation and training to encourage youth employment. Here is a summary of some of those critical elements that will have an impact on small and medium enterprises and businesses working within the motor trades and automotive industry.

Chinese Electric Vehicle Maker Taking on Tesla in Australia

‘Build Your Dreams’ (BYD), the China based automaker that has emerged as the world’s biggest maker of electric vehicles, will soon be releasing its first EV in Australia, in what could be the most significant development in the local market since the release of the well received Tesla Model S.

Skills and youth employment under the 2016-17 budget spotlight

The Federal Government last night announced their 2016-17 budget, which includes an $840 million Youth Employment Package called Young Jobs PaTH — which stands for Prepare, Trial, Hire. The Young Jobs PaTH youth employment program seeks to assist 120,000 job-seekers gain new skills and experience that will help them join the workforce.

MTAI Apprentice strikes gold at WorldSkills

Ashley Beusche, an MTA Institute fourth-year spray painting apprentice with 4H Smash Repairs in Darra, has won a gold medal at the WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition in Vehicle Painting, held on the Gold Coast in April.

Mitchell's putting the spark back into classic Holden

Mitchell Parry is a third-year auto electrical apprentice at Maryborough Auto Electrics in Central Queensland. Having started his automotive career as a school-based apprentice, Mitchell has been putting his skills to good use after purchasing an HQ Holden he has been working on restoring and modernising.

Moody's: Auto Insurers Face Long Term Challenge From Self-Driving Cars

A recent report from Moody’s Investors Service tips accident avoidance features in vehicles, such as automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure prevention, will become more prevalent and will lead to lower accident frequency in the next five-to-ten years, delivering benefits for auto insurers.

5 stars across the board for four marques

The leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), released 5-star safety ratings for four vehicles, the Holden Spark, the Kia QL Sportage, the Jaguar XF and the Skoda Superb.

Radical Rolls reveals sinister side

Rolls Royce are challenging their ‘crusty’ stereotype by catering towards the well-heeled baby-boomer and millennial market with their new ‘Black Badge’ series, in the hope that it will capture sales opportunities for today’s young, ‘self-empowered, self-confident rule-breakers’.

Next Holden Commodore will speak German

The boss of General Motors’ European division has suggested that the next Holden Commodore is likely to be a rebadged Opel Insignia sedan. Karl Thomas Neumann hinted at the news while talking with Australian media at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday and said that “Australians will like this car a lot”. Asked how many new vehicles would be exported from Germany and shipped to Australia, Mr Neumann answered, “as many as possible.”