About the automotive industry
The automotive manufacturing industry is one of Australia’s major manufacturing sectors. It is a strategically important part of the Australian economy in terms of the investment, jobs, skills, research and development, innovation and exports it generates.
Research and analysis is conducted by the department to support policy creation and evaluation. Using this information and data, the department provides advice on general automotive trade issues, including the implications for the automotive industry of proposed free trade agreements.
Government initiatives and assistance
The Department delivers a range of programs to assist the automotive industry.
Automotive Australia 2020 Technology Roadmap
The Automotive Australia 2020 Technology Roadmap was released in August 2010 and identifies and maps the industry's capabilities and needs to 2020 and beyond - allowing the industry to play to its strengths and support innovative technologies with strong commercial potential.
The Government has allocated $26 million to the Automotive Cooperation Research Centre (CRC) from July 2012. Guided by the roadmap, the CRC is developing and commercialising low emmision automotive technologies.