News and events

2018 VACC Industry Awards

Entry is now open, enter here.

The VACC Industry Awards have been a great success over the past two years and we are delighted to announce that the 2018 VIA and Centenary Gala Dinner will be held at Crown Palladium on Saturday, 23 June 2018.

Being our centenary year, the event will provide a fabulous opportunity for the automotive industry to celebrate its rich history from the past 100 years, as well as bring together the very best in the industry as we award our members with the recognition they deserve.

2018 sees the introduction of some exciting new award categories for accredited members and general members (non-accredited) and will recognise individual achievement and company success.

New in 2018

Best Restoration Project – Open to accredited and non-accredited VACC members 

Best Transmission Specialist – Open to accredited VACC members 

Unsung Hero Award (x3) – Open to accredited and non-accredited VACC members 

Best Parts/Component Manufacturer - Open to accredited and non-accredited VACC members 

Best Mechanical, Regional Small & Large Business – Open to ARD accredited members 

Best Mechanical, Metro Small & Large Business – Open to ARD accredited members 

Definition for size of business: Small Business (six or less than employees); Large Business (seven or more employees). 

Stay tuned for more information on the VACC Industry Awards & Centenary Gala Dinner, this is a not-to-be-missed event for all VACC Members. Tickets will be on sale soon.  Stay tuned for more information.

Entries open Monday, 17 July 2017.

To see a full list of the 2017 winners, click here

Back To Work – Second Payment – Eligible Claims due by 30 June 2017

If you were deemed eligible to claim your second payment for the Back-To-Work scheme (through the State Revenue Office) and the nine months' duration has elapsed since your first claim; lodge your application online before 5pm 30 June 2017. For further details call the State Revenue Office on 13 21 61.

Back To Work – Other Categories 

Claims for the following categories will remain open until the $15 million fund is fully subscribed or 30 June 2018 (whichever occurs first):

Dairy industry workers ($5,000)
Retrenched automotive workers ($7,000)

Claims will remain open until the $1 million fund is fully subscribed or 30 June 2017 (whichever occurs first) for:

Unemployed people living in the Latrobe Valley ($5,000)
Retrenched workers from the Hazelwood power station ($5,000)

An additional amount of up to $4,000 is available to employers who provide accredited training to these eligible employees.


Watch the highlights from 2016 and be part of the action.

For a full list of 2016 winners click here



Reduction in Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates

Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision limited to hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy Industries 

On Thursday, 23 February 2017 a Full Bench of the FWC reduced penalty rates for work performed on Sundays and Public holidays for a limited number of awards.  The decision applies only to full time, part time and casual employees (except casuals employed in hospitality) in the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy industries.
The effect of the decision will result in a reduction of penalties, in broad terms, on Sundays and Public Holidays in the respective industries, as follows:

Sundays – reduction in penalty rates

in hospitality the full-time and part-time staff workers rate will be cut from 175 per cent of their standard wage to 150 per cent.
In the retail and pharmacy sectors the rate will be reduced from 200 per cent of the standard rate to 150 per cent for full-time and part-time staff.
The Full Bench has yet to determine an operative date to implement this part of their decision. 
Public holidays
The existing penalty rate will be reduced from 250% to 225% across the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy industries from 1 July 2017.

VACC Industrial Relations has received a number of calls from members, principally involved in the fuel retail sector, as to whether the decision will in any way impact on penalty rates in their sector.

The decision will have no impact on penalty rates which apply to any businesses covered by the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair Services and Retail Award 2010, (VMRSR Award) or the Clerks Private Sector Award 2010.

A review of existing rates of pay for full time and casual staff employed under the fuel retailing sector of the VMRSR Award shows that business in this sector have had the benefit of lower penalty rates for many years where work is performed on Sundays. 

The VMRSR Award also prescribes a Public Holiday penalty rate of double time for full time Fuel retailing staff which is lower than the public holiday penalty rate of 225% which will apply to businesses affected by the Full Bench decision.

Weekend penalties under the VMRSR Award 2010 – service station industry v Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates in the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy industries.

Console Operators and Roadhouse attendant – engaged to cook other than take away meals (Level 4)

Saturday Penalty Rate – VMRSR Award

Sunday Penalty Rate VMRSR Award

Sunday Penalty

FWC Decision


(Not applicable to motor/service station industry)

Full time employees weekly/part time

No penalty up to 12 noon and after 50% Saturday loading

All day 50% loading


Casual employees




Roadhouse Attendant – cooks take away meals (Level 2)

Saturday Penalty Rate – VMRSR Award

Sunday Penalty Rate VMRSR Award

Sunday Penalty

FWC Decision


(Not applicable to motor/service station industry)

Full time employees weekly /part time

No penalty up to 12 noon and after 50% Saturday loading

All day 50 % loading






Public Holidays Dec 2016/2017

Click here for holiday trading arrangements.

Funding for Women's Leadership Development

Submit your Expression of Interest by 22 December 2016.
These partial scholarships are for experienced senior and executive leaders, mid-level managers and early career managers.
For more information visit

Back To Work - 2nd Instalment Claims go on-line 01/12/2016

For employers who had their 1st Instalment to Back to Work Claims approved before the scheme scaled down 18th July 2016. As from 1st December 2016 they will be able to claim 2nd Instalments on-line (provided 9 months has elapsed since the 1st claim was lodged). For further information goto:

FOS compares insurer disputes

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has released tables comparing insurers’ performance in relation to the likelihood of consumer disputes. The tables, which were published early this afternoon, cover the past financial year and are broken down into product categories.

FOS says they will help consumers decide which insurer to buy particular products from, and will also assist financial services providers in comparing and assessing their own performance. For home building insurance, Hollard had the most disputes (44.6 per 100,000), followed by Auto & General (35.3). 

The best were Strata Unit Underwriters and Teri Scheer, both with 5.1 disputes per 100,000. In home contents, Hollard and Auto & General again had the most disputes, scoring 11.9 and 11.7 respectively. RACQ (2) and CGU (2.4) led the way. 
In motor AI Insurance suffered the most disputes by some distance (101.3), followed by Hollard (44.2). RAC-WA (1.9) and Zurich (3.8) had the fewest.

For travel insurance it was once again Hollard suffering the most disputes (26.9), followed by Mitsui Sumitomo (25.4). Life insurance disputes were most common at Suncorp Life (19.7) and OnePath Life (14), while Metlife (0.3) and AIA Australia (0.7) had the fewest. Take this link to view the tables in full:

The Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority: Changes to the apprenticeship dispute resolution process

Most apprenticeships proceed smoothly but occasionally disputes between apprentices and employers arise.

The apprenticeship dispute resolution process has changed to resolve disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Parties to a dispute may choose to have it resolved by a delegate ‘on the papers’, without the need for a formal proceeding. Time limits have also been introduced to stop employers and apprentices being left in limbo after an apprentice’s employment has ceased.

Information on these changes will be available soon on the VRQA website. In the meantime, if you would like to know more, contact Chris Ingham, Executive Manager, Apprenticeships and Traineeships at

Back to Work program closure

The State Revenue Office has reduced its Back to Work program for all employee categories (except for retrenched workers and dairy industry workers), which was worth up to $16,000 to employers taking on unemployed persons and/or unemployed apprentices into their business. The program ended 18 July 2016 (except for the two above categories). Originally scheduled to close in March 2017, the government reached its target early. 

Employers had until 9pm Monday 18 July 2016 to lodge applications here.

Employers who have lodged applications which have been approved, will have their future (nine-month point) payment honoured. However they will not be able to claim any fees reimbursement after the deadline. For further information contact Back To Work on 13 21 61 or the VACC Helpline on 03 9829 1133

VACC Diploma of Automotive Management

Develop your skills and knowledge to perform your role more effectively, and prepare for future management positions with this nationally accredited course.

VACC is offering business owners and aspiring leaders in the automotive industry the Diploma of Automotive Management (AUR50112). Delivered through Kangan Institute, this course will give you the workplace skills you need to shape the future of the automotive industry.

Consisting of five workshops scheduled once a month and online assessments, the course has a rolling intake in 2016, giving you flexibility to start when it's most convenient. Find out more