Fighting for fair competition

Stuart Charity | CEO, AAAA
26 November 12:30-1:30 pm AEDT

Competition is a good thing. It forces us to do our best. But it must be a level playing field. In recent years anti-competitive and anti-consumer behaviour has been allowed to flourish in our industry. Do you feel that the car industry mislead consumers about parts and warranty? Have you struggled to get the information you need to complete a repair? Have you spent hours diagnosing a problem only to find that there is a TSB on the exact issue? We deliver great service in the aftermarket, we deliver choice and quality at a fair price and we outdo our competition in trust and professionalism.  But other factors are at play: confusion about warranty, electronic logbooks, extended warranties that tie consumers to dealer only servicing and capped price deals that lock in consumers without price transparency.  And whilst we are talking about Fair Competition - where is the Mandatory Data Sharing Law?  Are we winning the battle, or has it only just begun?  

In 2020 we are better equipped than we have ever been to work together to fight for fair competition:  Stuart Charity – CEO of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association will restore your faith in how advocacy can change the rules of the game as he delivers a not to be missed presentation on the key threats to fair competition and how we are fighting back.  

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About Stuart

Stuart Charity is a passionate, well-respected industry leader, having served the automotive industry in a variety of roles across a distinguished career.  Stuart is the CEO of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), which represents 2,500 members and the broader $14B Australian auto aftermarket industry. Under Stuart’s leadership, the AAAA has championed many initiatives, services and regulatory reforms; improving the sustainability and growth of the industry. The AAAA has also led the fight to tackle arguably the aftermarket industry’s largest issue; mandatory data sharing and in a landmark decision in late 2019 the Morrison Government announced that Mandatory Data Sharing will become law in Australia. 

Stuart’s previous career experience has enhanced his knowledge and market understanding to make informed strategic decisions and offer respected insights. Before his time at AAAA, Stuart served as the Executive Director of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A). Earlier, as the Automotive Industry Specialist with Austrade, Stuart successfully assisted automotive component manufacturers to develop new export markets.   

Stuart Charity | CEO, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association




with the speakers

Watch this space! We will announce our speaker schedule soon. 

There will be five keynotes by industry thought leaders on the main stage, followed by live Q&A sessions with the speakers. Plus tech talks by the subject matter experts of our leading aftermarket brands, where you can ask them anything and everything about their domain. And if that's not enough, you can always connect with us via video chat or re-watch your favourite talks on demand. 

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