In the past two weeks representations from Caravan Industry Association of Australia met with Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbot, Ian MacFarlane MP (Minister for Industry and Science), and Jamie Briggs MP (Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development) who is overseeing the current MVSA Review.
In the coming weeks we have confirmed meetings with Josh Frydenberg MP (Assistant Treasurer) and Andrew Robb MP (Minister for Trade and Investment) with the view to raising issues of concern on behalf of the industry.
Some of these matters include:
- Size and scope of the industry plus our tremendous reach into regional Australia
- Tourism Australia’s perplexing domestic partnership with Today Show
- Lack of data (plus what the industry is looking at doing to address this)
- Supply side concerns (and how we are addressing the accreditation issue)
- The risk to public safety of non-compliant products being brought into the country by personal importers
- Struggle around regulatory inconsistency between states
- The need for Government to work with industry on the development of Greenfield sites for tourism
- Concerns over the potential impact of the Building Code of Australia Review around the Premises Standard and the attempt to address accessibility concerns.
We have seen an increased willingness of the Federal Government to interact with the industry through Caravan Industry Association of Australia, and our access directly to both Cabinet Ministers and backbenchers will be leveraged over the coming year so that issues which impact the caravanning and camping sector are recognised within what will be an election year.