The Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers is the association for manufacturers engaged in the production of a comprehensive range of automotive products. It was formed in 1958 and currently consists of some 80 member companies.
The objectives of the FAPM include promoting the interests and welfare of the automotive components industry, to encourage and support government policies which support the operation of a large and diverse industry and to advance the development in Australia of an increasingly efficient and internationally competitive motor vehicle industry.
The FAPM maintains regular consultation with State and Federal Government, the Department of Industry, the vehicle builders as well as employer organisations and unions to discuss matters affecting the industry. The FAPM is recognised as the peak association for Australian automotive supply chain companies.
Learn more about FAPM and FAPM membership.
Industry Growth Centre appointments
17 February 2015
The roll-out of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres will be steered by a panel of highlyexperienced and internationally regarded business identities, who will provide a direct link to both the Australian and global business communities.
Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane today announced Chairs for three of the Industry Growth Centres, as well as an independent Advisory Committee.
“Australia is well served by a strong business community with business men and women who have both the experience and the international reputation to guide Australian industry into a new era of opportunity based on our areas of competitive strength,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“The independent Advisory Committee and the Chairs of the Industry Growth Centres will provide Australian businesses with an extended reach into expanding international markets.”
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As of 1 January 2015 the former Department of State Development, Business and Innovation has been incorporated into the new Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
The website will progressively be updated. The new Minister for Industry with responsibility for automotive is the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP.
Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014
On 25 November 2014, the Senate referred referred an inquiry into the future of Australia's automotive industry to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 November 2015.
This follows a dissenting report on the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014 by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee that can be found here.
The new inquiry will be a wise ranging review concerning all aspects of the future of Australia's automotive industry.
The terms of reference can be found here. Submissions close on 29 May 2015 and can be made via the Parliamentary website found here.
New Government Grants
Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme (EIP)
The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. It forms part of the Australian Government’s new industry policy outlined in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. This Agenda is a business-focused element of the Australian Government’s broader Economic Action Strategy and brings together and builds upon other economic reforms to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities.
For more information visit business.gov.au.
Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP)
The Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP) is part of the Federal $155m Growth Fund.
The ADP is a competitive merit-based grants programme and forms part of the Growth Fund initiative. The programme will assist Australian automotive supply chain companies to diversify out of the domestic automotive manufacturing sector and thereby retain manufacturing capability in Australia.
Information on how to apply and the application form are available at business.gov.au.
For enquiries about the ADP please email ADP@industry.gov.au or call 13 28 46.
FAPM Newsletter February 2015