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Auto industry (2002)

Inquiry report

This inquiry report was released on 13 December 2002.

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  • Contents

Cover, Copyright, Signing Page, Terms of reference, Contents

Key points, Overview, Summary of findings

1   About the inquiry
1.1   What has the Commission been asked to do?
1.2   How has the Commission approached its task?
1.3   What is in the rest of the report?

2   The global automotive industry
2.1   A key industry receiving widespread government support
2.2   An industry subject to continual change

3   The Australian automotive industry
3.1   A microcosm of the global industry
3.2   The industry’s position in the Australian market
3.3   Integration with the global industry
3.4   Factors underlying the industry’s growing international competitiveness

4   Outlook for the automotive sector
4.1   Future opportunities
4.2   Industry strengths in realising opportunities
4.3   The industry’s weaknesses
4.4   Threats to the industry’s future viability
4.5 Some implications

5   Workplace arrangements and skilling issues
5.1   Workplace arrangements and industrial relations
5.2   The Position Paper findings and responses
5.3   The Commission’s assessment
5.4   Skilling and training issues

6   Taxation and microeconomic reform
6.1   Taxation arrangements
6.2   Infrastructure services
6.3   R&D and workers’ compensation issues

7   Safety and environmental issues
7.1   Vehicle and related standards
7.2   Fuel consumption targets
7.3   The relationship between safety and environmental policies and industry policy

8   Market access
8.1   A major issue for the industry
8.2   What is the current state of play?
8.3   What is in prospect?
8.4   What are the implications for Australian policy?

9   The impacts of automotive assistance
9.1   The historical context
9.2   Current assistance arrangements
9.3   Impacts of assistance — the industry view
9.4   Impacts of assistance — the view from others
9.5 Broader considerations

10   Issues in formulating post 2005 assistance options
10.1   The objective: improving community welfare
10.2   Participants’ views on future assistance policy
10.3   The Commission’s view
10.4   Some implications for future assistance policy

11   Tariff and ACIS options
11.1   Balancing industry and community interests
11.2   The Commission’s preliminary assistance options
11.3   Participants’ views on the preliminary tariff options
11.4   The Commission’s view on tariffs
11.5   Participants’ responses to the preliminary options for transitional support
11.6   The Commission’s view on transitional support
11.7   ACIS design issues
11.8   A package to facilitate adjustment

12   Other assistance matters
12.1   Certainty and the policy environment
12.2   The specific tariff on second hand vehicles
12.3   Tariffs on four wheel drives and light commercial vehicles
12.4   Other tariff related issues
12.5   Government purchasing preferences
12.6   Automotive Market Access Development Strategy
12.7   An Overseas Assembly Provision for the automotive industry?
12.8   Ad hoc assistance

13   Broader adjustment issues
13.1   General perspectives
13.2   How much adjustment capacity is there at the firm and regional level?
13.3   What would be the impact of the exit of a vehicle producer?
13.4   Firm and regional-specific adjustment assistance

A   Inquiry processes and information sources

B   Selected automotive statistics

C   The automotive workforce

D   Barriers to automotive trade

E   Automotive industry support arrangements

F   Modelling the effects of post 2005 assistance reductions