National Events


 APRAA 2014 Conference & Trade Show

Major Sponsor 



Key Sponsor 


Opening Sponsor 


 Other sponsors

ACM Parts



A big thank you to all in the industry that attended and supported the event and made it such a success! MTA NSW and APRAA thanks all the State Associations who supported, promoted and attended the event: MTA SA, VACC, MTA WA and MTA NT.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next Conference in 2016!



2012 National Conference & Trade Show

A big thankyou to all in the industry, the event sponsors and suppliers that made this event such a success!!

The Auto Parts Recyclers Association of Australia (APRAA)  joined together with Pinnacle to hold the 2012 National Auto Recyclers Conference & Trade Show from 18th – 20th October 2012 located at Sydney Olympic Park in the geographical heart of Sydney, NSW.

Auto Parts Recycling businesses from around Australia and overseas came together to be part of this fantastic event. Of course such an event cannot happen without generous support, and the 2012 Conference was no exception!!

A big thankyou to all our Sponsors:

Major Sponsors 




 Key Sponsors




 Other Sponsors




APRAA 2012 Gala Dinner


On the final night of the conference, the APRAA Awards Gala dinner concluded a very succesful event. See below for the 2012 Award winners. To view some photos from the night, including the award winners, Click on the image below...

 Memorial Award Winners for 2012:  

 Bob Scott Memorial Award for Outstanding Industry Contribution

    Lawrie Beecham - Jeeepart Recyclers

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

    Mark Kroulis - U-Pull-It Auto Dismantlers
Business Quality Award Winners 2012:
Small Business Category - Jeeepart Recyclers, QLD
Medium Business Category - Hytech Parts Plus, NSW
 Large Business Category -
U-Pull-It Auto Dismantlers, SA


Chairman's Report – 2011 APRAA Yard Tour

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.

This event was one of many where all the state associations have got together over the last eighteen months and the first official event under the Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF), APRAA's new political voice in Canberra. It has been a long road to get here, but that now that we have a complete and unified national body, I hope this puts to rest the notion that APRAA was no longer.

Now let me give you a run down of the yard tour, Friday night was the opening with a cocktail party held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, where the International Motor Show was being held, delegates enjoyed a great night networking and we were also honoured with Mr David Purchase OAM the Executive Director of VACC officially opening the weekend and I would like to personally thank David for giving us his time.

On the Saturday we all met at the VACC to board the bus and head out to Deer Park Wreckers, where we were provided with a warm welcome from Charlie Sant and his team and a fantastic hot breakfast, Charlie's site is a mix of the 'pick a part' yard and a spare parts shop selling tools, new parts and is a very well presented property, Charlie who has been a stalwart in the industry reminded delegates of the need to constantly turn over stock and keep it fresh, I as many of us would be well aware of, we must constantly monitor our stock to produce the best results for our bottom lines.

Next it was back on the bus and down the highway to Geelong and to Corio Auto Parts and again my thanks to owner Graham Alexander for letting us visit and also to his staff, a special thanks to Brad who gave us all a good look around. We were also given a demo of the Kobelco, which provided delegates with excellent example of its efficient dismantling of a VY commodore, removing radiators and condensers in one move the wiring loom in the next and then the complete engine and transmission all in a very short space of time and the operator sat comfortably in the cabin.

And we also had the Holden Vs Ford engine blow up contest, VACC Chairman Michael Cox assisted delegates in participating in the contest with donations going to Beyond Blue, I'm pleased to announce the commodore lasted close to 15 minutes and Beyond Blue received $750.00.

Lunch was sensational and thanks to the guys for a great afternoon, we than headed back to VACC to be given an excellent presentation by I-Car Australia on the changes to modern vehicles and the dangers that face recyclers by not correctly dismantling vehicles especially when provided some parts to the collision industry our many thanks to Mark Czvitkoutis for coming down from Yass in the ACT and being part of the yard tour, Mark owns his own crash shop and tagged along with us on the tour to get a full appreciation of our industry.

Saturday night saw the formal dinner, where delegates networked together and enjoyed a fabulous night, with great music and some great door prizes as well, the room was full of people who have our industry at heart and are driving it further than we've seen in years. The mix of delegates exchanging information was a highlight for me, just to sit back and see small and new business owners listening intently to business owners who have become hugely successful and are more than willing to share information, to me that's what its all about, it make these weekends a huge investment for any business owner and a cheap one at that!

Sunday morning brought us all together for the last time before heading home for a breakfast seminar conducted by Heather Frame from Action Coach Business Coaching, this was an excellent seminar into 'Working with Gen Y'.

I would like to lastly thank our event sponsors, who are the backbone of these types of events, to Roger McKinnon and his team at Parts Locator I would like to thank your company for its continued support of the industry and also Part Group, motortradecard, I-Car Australia, Action Coaching and of course VACC.

Finally the APRAA Executive will soon be asking for you thoughts on our next Yard tour and its make up, these events are for you and we want you to help us in our next event, please contact your state Chairman to put forward your idea, it might include business seminars, sales training it might even include more social events like the Motor Show, any suggestion is valued.

George Papillo
APRAA National Chairman


2009 APRAA Yard Tour Round Up

In November 2009, APRAA members gathered in Fremantle, Western Australia to take part in the 2009 APRAA Yard Tour and Conference. A highlight of the APRAA calendar, the biennial APRAA Yard Tour and Conference celebrates and promotes best practice within the industry. The program is designed to facilitate networking and to provide parts recyclers with a forum to discuss new technologies and business practices.

During the Conference, delegates discussed the Australian Government’s Green Stamp Plus program, which is designed to facilitate ‘green’ business practices and compliance with Government regulation and the APRAA Accreditation Program, which seeks to improve the standards of parts recycling business and provides members with a platform in which to market their business to consumers. Delegates visited four automotive parts recycling businesses during the course of the weekend

2009 APRAA Yard Tour Sponsors


2009 APRAA Yard Tour


2008 Automotive Recyclers International Round Table Meeting

The automotive recycling international industry has successfully held its 4th annual International Round Table (IRT) Meeting in Australia, on 9-10 November, hosted by the Auto Parts Recyclers Association of Australia (APRAA) in conjunction with the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA). Attached is a copy of the communiqué compiled by the various international associations at the close of the meeting.

2008 Automotive IRT Meeting Communique

2008 Conference & Trade Show
APRAA National Conference & Trade Show Coffs Harbour, NSW (Hosted by MTA NSW) 6 - 8 November 2008

APRAA Conference and Trade Show Delegate Brochure
APRAA Conference and Trade Show Delegate Registration Form
AAPRAA 2008 Conference & Trade Show - Keynote Speaker Topics
APRAA Conference and Trade Show Partner Program Invite 
APRAA Conference and Trade Show Auction Donation Form
APRAA Conference and Trade Show Awards Night Categories 
Conference and Trade Show Nomination Form - Bob Scott Memorial Award 
Conference and Trade Show Nomination Form - Frank Nicastri Memorial Award
APRAA Conference and Trade Show Golf Day Invite
Conference and Trade Show Nomination Form - Business Presentation Awards
2008 Automotive IRT Meeting


2008 International Round Table (IRT) Meeting 9 - 10 November 2008
Hosted by APRAA Click on the file below for pictures of beautiful Coffs Harbour NSW

Coffs Harbour pictures.pdf


16 - 18 June 2007
International Round Table meetings & tour - Tokyo, Japan (Hosted by JARA)

IRT Program & Messages June 07
IRT Forum 2 Papers June 07
IRT Forum 3 Papers June 07
IRT JARA Licence Manual 07
IRT Tour Photos
Hungary Recyclers Association (GOE) May 23-25 2008 Meeting invitation
3R company brochure
3R welcome profile
APRAA presntn scan
ARA IRT presentn scan
ARC IRT scan notes.ppt
EGARA IRT presentn scan
IRT Report by Michael Beasley PDF
Showa Metal company brochure
IRT Report from APRAA July 07
Japan ELV Recycling slide July 07
Japan ELV Q&A July 07


21-23 June 2007
AAAA Trade Show ( APRAA will have an exhibitor booth)
Vehicle Design AAAA Collision Expo
AAAA PostShow Release
Alan & Kevin at Show

16 - 18 November 2007
APRAA National Yard Tour, Adelaide, SA (Hosted by MTA SA)

For more details click on the file below.
SA Yard Tour flier.doc
APRAA Dinner & Yard Tour montage PDF.doc.pdf
Final Program abbrev.pdf