Federal government creates Automotive Advocate role

A position of Australia’s Automotive Supplier Advocate has been created in an attempt to increase Australia-made car sales to government fleets and to try and enter new markets.

A position of Australia’s Automotive Supplier Advocate has been created in an attempt to increase Australia-made car sales to government fleets and to try and enter new markets.

Industry minister Greg Combet has announced that named William Angove, formerly president of Ford in Indonesia, as the very first person in the role.

“Between the Commonwealth, Victorian and South Australian governments, about 77 per cent of the fleets of those three governments, including our own, are Australian manufactured vehicles,” Combet told the ABC.

"But when you look around at other states, like Queensland or Western Australia, or New South Wales, the level of Australian-manufactured vehicles in those fleets is significantly lower," said Combet in a statement.

The opposition has not yet commented on the announcement.