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Motor Dealers and Repairers Regulation Amendment 

Proposed Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Takata Airbag Recall) Regulation 2017 

Submissions closed on 20 July 2017 

What is this about? 

To facilitate the repair of vehicles affected by the Takata Airbag recall, it was proposed to provide a temporary 3 year licensing exemption to allow repair workers who do not hold the required qualification to remove and replace airbags.

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What’s happened so far? 

The proposed Regulation was released for public consultation and submissions closed on 20 July 2017.

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What are the proposed changes? 

The proposed Regulation would have introduced a temporary licensing exemption to allow repair workers who do not hold the required qualification to remove and replace airbags. The exemption was to be in place for three years from commencement and the following safeguards were proposed to ensure a satisfactory standard of repair work:

  • the work must be performed for the purpose of the Takata Corporation Airbag Recall only
  • the worker must have undertaken and successfully completed the VET qualification of AURVTA002 - Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems training course
  • the worker must be supervised by a qualified tradesperson who holds a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Technology
  • the business operator must provide certification/confirmation that the airbag was replaced in accordance with relevant specifications, and record the details of the work into the business register.

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Next steps 

Following extensive discussion with key stakeholders and consideration of public and industry submissions, the Minister agreed not to pursue the proposed Regulation on the basis that it would be unlikely to significantly assist in the management of the recall and may introduce safety risks for consumers or repairers.

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