A senate inquiry has recommended the Automotive Transformation Scheme be extended, the trucking sector be stimulated and a taskforce be formed.
The ATS is scheduled to finish in 2017, but there is speculation that the Turnbull government might reverse this decision, according to motoring.com.au.
The Labor-dominated Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the auto industry made 20 recommendations, including that funding be extended to assist the adaptation of the sector past 2017.
The sector would continue past this point and, in view of this, as much as possible of it should be retained.
“This includes a redefinition of the automotive industry to recognise and support the role of all sectors, including, but not limited to, motor vehicle production, component making, aftermarket manufacturing, engineering and design, servicing and smash repairs, retail motor trades, sales support and training,” it advises.
The committee recommended that new investment be attracted to the trucking sector, including changes to fuel credit rebates to encourage the purchase of new trucks, according to The Advertiser.
The Coalition members were not in favour of incentives.
“The Coalition senators’ overall view on these matters is that we do not need a government teat to help wean a strong automotive sector in this country,’’ said Liberal Matt Canavan.
The formation of a taskforce to develop policy beyond the exit of Holden and Toyota, including industry, government and unions, was also recommended by the committee.