At its 2019 AUPA AGM the decision was made the windup the Automotive Undercar Professional Association Limited due to…


AUPA’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Melbourne on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8.00am, as part of its annual get-together program running over 2 days on April 5-6. This will also coincide with Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAE), the nation’s biggest aftermarket trade expo, being staged over 3 days on April 4-6 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.


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A ground-breaking approach to vehicle driving laws in Australia will see the development of purpose-built legislation to allow an automated driving system (ADS) to drive more automated motor vehicles in place of a human.


AUPA’s 32nd annual get-together will be held in Wollongong, NSW (the association’s headquarters) at the Boat Harbour Function Centre on May 25-27, 2018.


At the 2017 AGM I mentioned that the regulators had been quiet over the past couple of years but all this came to a sudden halt when I noticed that EPA NSW has issued a revision of the noise control regulation.

Welcome to 2017

Here we are in 2017 and your association is ready to tackle whatever is thrown at us and implementing many of the ideas that originated from our 2016 AGM & Forum held in Wollongong – it’s your association so make 2017 the year to get actively involved in its future!

NSW Fair Trading Warning

Whilst I was aware of some changes being made to the NSW Repairers Licensing requirements by Fair Trading NSW, I understood that the prior rules for specialist business classifications and tradesman certificates for these specialist businesses would automatically carry over to the new Motor Dealers and Repairers Act. BUT, I was misinformed.

Confused Over Consumer Guarantees?

This subject was discussed at the recent AGM & Forum and it revealed a general lack of understanding of the Australian Consumer Law introduced in 2012, which includes Consumer Guarantees.

What Could Have Been

AUPA celebrates 30 strong years and Holden’s radical concept car turns 10!

Designed and built at the renowned GM Australia Design studio in Port Melbourne, EFIJY first debuted at the 2005 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, and blends stunning, hot rod inspired design with out-and-out performance…

Financial Report 2014/15

The last financial year trading results ending June 30, 2015 were as expected, but we expect some improved results through the increased membership fees this financial year.

AUPA Classified Ad Service

For 2016 I’m considering the viability of introducing a Classified Ad service in AUPA’s Fast Facts newsletters. To maintain reasonable control over content there will be a nominal charge for this service, payable at the time of booking, and it is only available to AUPA Members.

Court penalises retailer for resale price maintenance

The Federal Court recently sent a message to Australian businesses that they can’t use international suppliers to engage in anti-competitive conduct in Australia. The Court ordered an online retailer to pay a penalty of for aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring an overseas supplier.

Membership Renewals Due

Membership renewal invoices for the 2015/16 financial year for affected members have been posted out and are now payable. Due to increased operating costs there is a modest increase in the fees covering the next 12 months which was discussed and approved at the recent AGM held in Melbourne.

2015 Undercar Convention AGM

In mid-April, the Automotive Undercar Professional Association (AUPA) held its 2015 Annual General Meetings (AGM) and social events in Melbourne with the support of its affiliated association, the New Zealand Brake & Clutch Specialists Association (NZB&CSA).

Experience The Power Of Networking

The opportunity to attend another mega Industry event, which includes the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and the AUPA Undercar International Convention, won’t happen again until 2017 so don’t miss the opportunity to attend this year.

Revised Guidelines For Businesses About Debt Collection Activities

As 2014 draws to a close and we have our first full financial year of trading results as at June 30, 2014 the figures are probably what was expected but we most certainly need to address certain aspects of the results.

Undercar International Convention 2015

The Automotive Undercar Professional Association (AUPA) and the New Zealand Brake & Clutch Specialists Association NZB&CSA) are holding their 2015 Annual General Meetings (AGMs) in Melbourne as part of the Undercar international Convention 2015.

Important issues with the NSW exhaust noise regulations

Following extensive consultation with NSW EPA prior to the formulation of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2008 the NSW EPA supplied ESPA/AUPA with a document titled “New provisions affecting motor vehicles” which was a summary of the outcomes after the public submissions and it was then inserted into our Muffler Shop Manual under SECTION 7 which was supplied to all Exhaust Specialist Members of ESPA/AUPA.

ACCC releases guidance about online product reviews

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is addressing misleading conduct related to fake online reviews, by releasing best practice guidance about online product reviews for businesses and review platforms.

Exhaust Noise Regulations

After nearly 30 years of meaningful discussions between ESPA/AUPA and relevant regulators regarding the introduction and enforcement of ‘Signature’ noise levels for in-service vehicles manufactured under ADR83/00 specifications it is now a reality with new legislation now in place which the aftermarket will need to adjust to.

Mandating safety technology for light vehicles

By the end of 2013 we will have only a small number of unpaid membership fees which were invoiced on July 1, 2013. Unfinancial members will be deleted from the AUPA membership list and website listing on January 1, 2014.