The COVID-19 health crisis is resulting in difficult decisions being made by Government

These decisions may include shutting down parts of our economy. While automotive service and repair is (at the time of printing) not included in shutdown orders made so far, you should be prepared in case of future changes.
The AAAA advises you to have your business continuity plan ready and also remember that all businesses need to exercise good judgement, leadership and diligent compliance to health and safety guidelines designed to minimise the spread of the virus. As per normal business management standards, all business owners are responsible for providing a workplace that is safe for employees and customers.

Will I need to shut down at a future date to be advised?
The AAAA is of the view that Government agencies need to recognise auto parts supply and repair as a very important service as the industry supports emergency vehicles, essential transportation services and those that will need to support the most vulnerable members of our community.
“Our industry keeps other industries moving. Without parts supply and automotive repair other services will suffer. Emergency vehicles, medical supply, food and other transportation will require  time critical replacement parts and urgent repair,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.
“We want to make sure that we can keep cars and trucks on the road in this time of crisis, particularly for those who are supporting others or accessing medical care or medication. With delivery services being restricted by some supermarkets, being able to access a local supermarket for many people requires a car.
“We are calling on Government to ensure auto parts and repair is deemed an essential service, so that our industry can play its role in supporting the country through these challenging times.”
Treating automotive repair and parts supply as an essential service would bring Australia into line with other countries, where these activities are already considered an essential service.
The AAAA is working very hard to make sure members are aware of any shutdown requirements, their responsibilities as an employer, and details of what assistance is available to help keep businesses up-and-running in these challenging times.

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