Donny Seyfer took the covers off Australia’s Mandatory Data Sharing Model at AAAE

Donny Seyfer, Executive Director of the American-based National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), travelled from the US to unveil the new portal of the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority Limited (AASRA) at the recent AAA Expo.
Donny has more than 40 years of automotive experience as a technician, manager and service consultant. For the past five years Donny has held the role of Executive Director of the NASTF, which is a cooperative effort among the automotive service industry, the equipment and tool industry and automobile manufacturers to ensure that automotive service professionals employed outside the OEM franchise system in the US and Canada have the information, training, and tools needed to properly diagnose and repair today’s high-tech vehicles.
Across two seminar sessions, Donny shared his considerable experience from the US, and demonstrated the system that will support Australia’s soon to be released Secure Data Release Model (SDRM).
The Australian platform will be based on the NASTF model, a tried-and-true SDRM system that has been effectively facilitating the secure transfer of diagnostic and reprogramming information between US vehicle manufacturers and independent repairers for over a decade.
The new SDRM will also provide repairers with access to immobiliser, pin and keycode information plus electric and high voltage vehicle repair information.
“The NASTF platform was chosen because, over many years in service, the system has been continually improved to make the process more streamlined, easier and secure for technicians who use the platform regularly,” Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.
Australia’s Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme will come into effect on July 1 this year after a tireless campaign championed by the AAAA on behalf of the country’s independent repairers.
Donny’s presentation, led by a clever Star Wars themed video to bring the audience up to date with Australia’s recently passed laws, took participants through how the NASTF model will be adapted to fulfill the needs of the Australian scheme. His 25-minute presentation was followed by a lively question session where audience members had their concerns answered.
Complimenting Donny Seyfer’s sessions were further education opportunities surrounding the forthcoming law, including a Mandatory Data Sharing seminar by Lesley Yates, AAAA’s Director of Government Relations and Advocacy (see separate story).

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