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Are you headed to the APRAA 2014 conference?

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Not sure what's in it for you? Take a look at the Conference program!

- APRAA Yard Tours… Three yards to be visited!

  •  JJ AUTO PARTS, Lansvale
  •  ASV EURO CAR PARTS, Villawood

 Don’t miss the tours! Coach departing from Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport at 12:00pm.
Tours are FREE for all full Conference Delegates.

 - APRAA welcomes MICHELLE MANNEX from ReachLocal as a Conference speaker!

Michelle Mannex has worked in Digital Advertising as a product specialist for over 10 years, working for such businesses as Sensis - Yellow Pages and currently for ReachLocal Australia. Michelle has an extensive knowledge of the Australian digital landscape includling SEM, SEO, Online Directories, Social, Mobile, Display and Smart Websites. “How to get the edge on your marketing and add more to your bottom line!”    

Also, ensure you get your nominations in for the awards - What awards? read on...

At this year’s Welcome & Opening Function on Thursday 7th August from 7:30pm, it will be a night to celebrate the success of the industry as a whole, whilst highlighting some particular achievements of individual businesses.

 Every auto parts recycling business has the opportunity to nominate its business, so visit or to download the relevant nomination form and submit your nomination to the APRAA Conference Committee by Friday 31st July. Entry to the function is included in Delegate fees and extra tickets can be purchased by contacting the APRAA Conference Committee today!

Business Presentation Quality Awards (Small Category, Medium Category and Large Category)

These awards recognise excellent and professional business practices of business in the Auto Parts Recycling industry. Regardless of size, many businesses operate successfully and efficiently and have a positive impact on the surrounding community. These awards celebrate that.

Frank Nicastri – 2014 Memorial Award for Australia’s Most Environmentally Aware Parts Recycler

 This award is announced and presented at the APRAA Biennial Conference and is an acknowledgement for Australia’s most environmentally aware auto recycler in respect of Frank Nicastri’s dream and passion for a cleaner industry. The Nicastri family proudly honour Frank’s dedication to the auto parts recycling industry through the presentation of this award.

Bob Scott – 2014 Memorial Award for Outstanding Industry Contribution

 This award is announced and presented at each APRAA Biennial Conference in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Auto Parts Recycling Industry of Australia.

Donated by the Scott family, this prestigious award recognises the hard work and dedication of the late Bob Scott (1920 – 1983, Dubbo NSW) to the industry and his pioneering fortitude to establish his dream, a viable and operative Used Auto Parts Industry in the country.


 > Click on the name of the award above to download the Award Nomination Form relevant to the category you wish to nominate

 > Complete the form and forward to the APRAA Conference Committee (C/O MTA NSW, mail: PO Box 715, Burwood NSW 1805).
Nominations must be in a hard cover A4 presentation folder and include labelled photos of each area in the Nomination Form.

A big thanks to all who have made the 2014 Conference, trade show and these awards possible!


Hollander International, Parts Locator, Parts Plus Australia, ACM Parts, MTAA Super & ReachLocal


Capricorn, Jeeepart Recyclers, Parts Locator, Kobelco Construction Machinery Australia, Auto Parts Group,
Autorola Australia, PLUS a Pinnacle demo room.

The Suncorp/LKQ joint venture – What does it mean for you?


 In August 2013, Suncorp, Australia’s largest insurer announced the formation of a joint venture with international automotive parts company LKQ.

The announcement should serve as a warning to the automotive industry and in particular the body repair and parts recycling sectors. The sheer size and market dominance of organisations such as Suncorp and LKQ means that they will have the ability to snap up the lion’s share of parts currently in the Australian marketplace.

Click here to read the report from APRAA Chairman Chris Cooper

Theft Torque - October 2013

The latest edition of Theft Torque (issue 49) has been released. Visit for more info

APRAA honours one of its own - Vale Mike David Wolley

Around the world key figures are recognised for their outstanding contributions to their Industry. APRAA recognises the efforts, commitment and dedication of one such indiviual, Mike David Wolley who has sadly passed on.

Our thanks, thoughts and prayers are with those that are left behind and rest assured Mikes legacy of commitment is being carried on by his son Mathew.

On behalf of APRAA we thank Mike and his family for their support of our Industry. 
Chris Cooper

APRAA Chair.

September 2012 - APRAA – PINNACLE 2012 National Conference & Trade Show


The Auto Parts Recyclers Association of Australia (APRAA) has joined together with Pinnacle to hold its annual national Conference & Trade Show from 18th – 20th October 2012 located at Sydney Olympic Park in the geographical heart of Sydney, NSW. Check the national event page for more info!

August 2012 - New Damage Assessment Criteria for the Classification of Statutory Write-Offs

With the release of the new Damage Assessment criteria (produced by AustRoads and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council) which has been in development by Industry stakeholders such as APRAA for several years, will again require compliance by Industry stakeholders to adhere to these tougher protection measure to further improve the safety and viability of our Industry.

Progressive implementation is expected across Australia between September 2012 and February 2013. Commencement dates confirmed so far are:

1 September  - South Australia
3 September  - New South Wales
(see page 4 of the New Damage Assessment Criteria FAQs on how they will apply in NSW)
1 November  - Victoria

Other dates will be added as they are confirmed, but most jurisdictions are expected to adopt the changes by the end of 2012.

Click here to access the download page for the both the latest version of the Damage Assessment Criteria FAQs, and the Assesment Technical Guide.

July 2012 - Japan Auto Recycling News

Click here to download the July 2012 edition (vol.53)

June 2012 - ELV Forum Held in Melbourne

On 7 June the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council hosted a national forum on the management of ELVs in order to work towards developing a consistent view of priorities to combat the problem with our stakeholders.

The forum brought together more than 50 representatives of the insurance and automotive industries/trades, environmental agencies, scrap processors, police and registration authorities to define the common issues of concern and explore options for achieving improved ELV outcomes.

Representatives from APRAA, all the Motor Trade Associations and the VACC participated in the forum.

For those who were unable to attend the forum a full summary of the program content and outcomes of the national forum including links to presentations from keynote speakers is available from the NMVTRC website. Please click here to download, or visit


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Effective 1 July 2012, Under the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future Plan, synthetic greenhouse gases listed under the Kyoto Protocol have an equivalent carbon price applied through the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management legislation. Click here for more.

End of Life Vehicles (ELV’s)

There have been various changes proposed in recent times in regards to End of Life Vehicle (ELV) handling in Australia. With this in mind, Consider how things are operating in Korea...

Best Wishes for the Festive Season!

The APRAA Executive Committee wishes all in the auto parts recycling industry a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, exciting 2012!

2011 APRAA AGM Report

The 2011 APRAA Annual General meeting was held in Sydney on Friday the 4th of November , graciously hosted by MTA NSW.

As part of the meeting, Chris Cooper (MTA-NSW) was elected Chairman, with Glen Ford (MTA-Q) elected Vice Chairman.

As the APRAA Chairman is from NSW, MTA-NSW will now take over the role as the national secretariat. However, as before, any enquires should be directed via your State MTA or Chamber of Commerce.

The APRAA Executive Committee members would like to thank George Papillo (MTA-SA) for his service of APRAA Chairman, and John Purshouse for his service as Vice-Chairman.

The service of Peter McMahon, Division Manager MTA-SA,  as the APRAA National Secretariat was both recognised and  appreciated by the Executive Committee.

2011 APRAA Yard Tour - the Chairman's Wrap of a Great Event

What a fabulous event the 2011 APRAA National Yard Tour was, VACC our host, delivered a first class event for delegates to enjoy. All the functions were excellently organised and run and of course very central to Melbourne.


Click here to read all about it!

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Chairman's Report

APRAA Chaiman's Report October 2012
The Chairman's Report from October 2012

APRAA Chairman's Report June 2012
The Chairman's Report from June 2012

APRAA Chairman's Report May 2012
Your invitation to the 2012 APRAA - Pinnacle Conference & Tradeshow

APRAA Chairman's Report January 2012 
The Chairman's Report from January 2012

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APRAA Chairman's Report August 2011
The Chairman's Report from August 2011

APRAA Chairman's Report June 2011
The Chairman's Report from June 2011

APRAA Chairman's Report May 2011
The Chairman's Report from May 2011

APRAA Chairman's Report April 2011
The Chairman's Report from April 2011

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State Roundup

WA Parts Recyclers Update - October 2012 
The Division report from the upcoming November edition of Motor WA Magazine

MTA NSW  - September 2012 Report
Major Change to Australian Repair Industry

WA Parts Recyclers Update - July 2012
The Division report from the August edition of Motor WA Magazine

MTA NSW  - June 2012 Report
New "Write-Off Laws" for the ACT

MTA NSW - May 2012 Report
ELV Update - Notification Obligations

APRAA Roundup Report May-June 2011

This is the APRAA Roundup Report from May to June 2011

NSW  - Written off Vehicle Update - February 2011
The statutory write off changes that commenced on 31st January 2011 in NSW are now in place and although the full effects have not been seen yet, the general industry feedback is that this change is having a positive effect on both, the motor body repair and recycling/dismantling industries.





APRAA National Newsletter Aug 2010
The Executive Committee of APRAA met in Adelaide recently, as part of its normal program of scheduled meetings.

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APRAA National Newsletter Dec 2007 - APRAA celebrates its 25th Anniversary
On Friday 16 November, 100 people attended a dinner at the Comfort Inn Haven Marina Glenelg SA to celebrate APRAA's 25th Anniversary
Attachments Dec 07.pdf





APRAA Newsletter May 2007 - Natonal Accreditation Program Deadline 31 May
All MTA/VACC/TACC Auto Parts Recyler / Dismanter members throughout Australia should have by...




APRAA National Newsletter Dec 2006
APRAA 2006 Conference, Melbourne: A Great Success!...




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News (archived)


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Media Releases




26/11/07 Auto Parts Recyclers Celebrate 25 Years of Quality
APRAA celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a dinner for 100 people at the Comfort Inn Haven Marina in Glenelg SA on Friday 16 November...




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2/9/05 Auto Parts Recyclers continue industry progress
The Auto Parts Recyclers Association of Australia Inc (APRAA) has announced it is on track with preparations for the industry's premier event in 2005





26/7/05 Members overwhelmingly support joining state MTAs
The Auto Parts Recyclers Association of Australia Inc (APRAA) has announced the outcome of their national, Special General Meeting.




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Issues 2005



Automotive Training Australia (ATA)
Automotive Training Australia (ATA) has its annual conference on 8/12/05 in Melbourne.




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APRAA National Executive Committee Meeting 7/11/05 in Canberra at MTA House
APRAA National Executive Committee Meeting, held 7/11/05 in Canberra at MTA House - please contact your state MTA Division Manager for outcomes of this important 1st Meeting under the MTAs/MTAA umbrella. Congratulations to Kevin McAuliffe (MTA WA) elected as National Chairperson for 2005/06, and Peter Barrows (MTA SA) at Vice Chairperson...





APRAA submission to the NSW Staysafe Committee Inquiry (dated 8/11/05):
APRAA supports state and national road safety measures and the importance of ensuring vehicle safety.





Non Deployed (NBD) Air Bags - the US Debate. Refer the ARA July 2005:
AIR BAGS: Their Fate is Still Questionable - Collision industry discusses the use of non-deployed air bag.





APRAA "Merger" SGM 20/7/05 Results:
See the APRAA 'SGM' Results member letter mailed 22/7/05.





Independent Returning Officer's confirmation letter 21/7/05
Returning Officer's confirmation letter





National Parts Code Board) regarding the issues/debate on the $300M
Below is a letter and attachment dated 19/7/05 issued jointly by Alan Marshall (APRAA Executive Officer) and Michael Beasley (APRAA's delegate on the National Parts Code Board) regarding the issues/debate on the $300M...
APRAA letter 190705.doc
Stolen Parts Estim July 05.doc





APRAA wrote to the National Parts Code (NPC) 29/6/05
APRAA wrote to the National Parts Code (NPC) 29/6/05 to raise some concerns and to specifically query the wide promotion of the NMVTRC $300M figure said to be the level of stolen parts being handled in the auto parts recycling industry each year. To view the NPC 7/7/05.





APRAA "Merger Vote" Special General Meeting 20/7/05
APRAA "Merger Vote" Special General Meeting 20/7/05 and Proxy Form documents, mailed 23/6/05
MTA Project letter 23 June 05.doc
Why Merge June 05.doc
MTA Benefits June 05.doc
SGM Notice 23 July 05.doc
SGM Proxy form 23 July 05.doc
SGM Proxy Vote Example June 05.pdf




Note: the SGM Proxy Forms MUST be lodged by 7pm 19/7/05, otherwise they will be invalid.





National Parts Code Media Release 15/6/05
For details refer to the May 05 file.





APRAA Proposed Merger with VACC/MTAs/MTAA
National Parts Code Media Release 15/6/05, announces Allianz/Pickles On-Line SWO Auction Pilot. Details below...
MTA Project letter 17 May 05.doc
Why Merge March 05.doc
MTA-MTAA Chart June 03.pdf
MTA Benefits March 05.doc





IAG national ReUsable Parts "Request For Tender" April 05
IAG national ReUsable Parts "Request For Tender"





VIC Motor Car Traders Act Report
PDF 1 page 'Recommendations Summary'.





"Auto Industry" Asian Tsunami Benefit Breakfast (Melb. 2/3/05).
"Auto Industry" Asian Tsunami Benefit Breakfast (Melb. 2/3/05).




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Issues 2004



ICDPA have researched and produced a special report on ELVs in Australia
ICDPA have researched and produced a special report on ELVs in Australia. This confidential report can be purchased.




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Code of Practice Update
Code of Practice Update - the NMVTRC has mailed out a further industry update in July 2004 on this important matter. For more details see the APRAA website under 'COP' or visit the NMVTRC website...





EGARA's (Europe/refer 'Links') Recycled Parts Brochure:
EGARA has produced a Parts Brochure promoting the safe re-use of 'green parts'.





Australian Automotive Repairers Association (AARA):
The APRAA National Board has had several recent discussions with the AARA, and following the APRAA National Board Meeting (19-20 May 2004) in Sydney, has released the following statement in support of AARA...





Member Bulletin 6 May 2004
The APRAA National Board has made a decision on the "CAN" system proposal.





NSW (DEC) Auto Dismantlers Environmental Workshops, May/June 2004
NSW (DEC) Auto Dismantlers Environmental Workshops, May/June 2004.





WorkSafe VIC has issued the following Media Release dated 16/3/04
WorkSafe VIC has issued the following Media Release dated 16/3/04 (re the recent Wreckr Pty Ltd, t/a Budget Auto Salvage court case) referring to the use of wheel rim stands in our industry. APRAA is currently liaising with WorkSafe VIC to discuss the issues. (This has the potential for 'huge' impact on our industry re a) workcover in all states and b) public liability insurance. Await further advice from APRAA)...





Parts Plus Australia has issued the following bulletin
Parts Plus Australia has issued the following bulletin dated 10/3/04 (re the IAG Trial):..





IAG Parts Trial Update
After a meeting of the national board the following information bulletin, dated the 5th March 2004, has been sent to all members re: IAG Parts Trial...





An anonymous flier has been distributed amongst Auto Parts Recyclers
An anonymous flier has been distributed amongst Auto Parts Recyclers around the country regarding the IAG Parts Trial. Please find IAG's response to this flier in the document.





APRAA announced via a Member faxbulletin on 29/1/04
APRAA announced via a Member faxbulletin on 29/1/04 an update on the APRAA-Full Circle arrangement.




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Issues 2003



APRAA-CGU-VACC Risk Management Guidelines launched
APRAA-CGU-VACC Risk Management Guidelines launched at the APRAA National Conference "Dismantlers Do", September 2003.





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