Your industry voice in Canberra

< Date: 29 March 2021

Advocacy update 29 March 2021

Caravan Industry Association of Australia travelled to Canberra during the sitting week of March 23 to discuss key issues with policy makers, departments and government agencies.  

Stuart Lamont, Minister for Trade and Tourism Dan Tehan and Hugh Fitzpatrick

A core focus was continuing to advocate for changes to insurance for caravan parks which are seeing premium hikes and/or extreme difficulty in accessing providers that will cover all aspects of a caravan park. Recent floods are expected to exacerbate issues around natural disaster coverage, hence it was timely to meet with Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar to push for governmental recognition of the problem and look at recommendations made by the ASBFEO Ombudsman Kate Carnell in their 2020 Insurance Inquiry.  

Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO, Stuart Lamont and Government Relations Executive Hugh Fitzpatrick met with Minister for Trade and Tourism, Dan Tehan, to highlight these issues as well as the broader issues of support for the industry and way forward post Job-keeper.  

Stuart and Hugh also met with Assistant Minister for Road Safety, the Hon. Scott Buchholz who, as an ex-truck driver understands the important role that the caravan industry plays in road safety. He was particularly interested in the creation of the Caravan and Trailer Road Safety Alliance which formed in August 2020, and is looking forward to engaging with this group in the coming months. 

Stuart Lamont, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Hugh Fitzpatrick

Friday March 26th saw Stuart and Hugh meet individually with sixteen MPs from the National Party to highlight the importance of the caravan industry and the role that the sector is playing in regional Australia’s recovery in 2021. This included meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack who continues to be a strong ally for the industry, with a large footprint in the regions.  

Caravan Industry Association of Australia continues to advocate for issues important to the caravan park and RV manufacturing sector across the federal government.

If you have any questions about our advocacy or policy platforms, get in touch with Hugh Fitzpatrick by email: hughf@caravanindustry.com.au