Members of the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia (TMA) released the first Statement of Principles outlining their support for farmers to repair their own machinery.
The Statement of Principles clearly sets out agricultural manufacturers and importers’ support for Australian farmers’ ability to maintain and repair their own machinery. Executive Director of the TMA, Gary Northover said:
“Our members are committed to supporting farmers through provision of high quality and safe agricultural machinery that reduces downtime, maximises productivity and minimises environmental impact.”
“That includes providing farmers and repairers with training, diagnostic information and support, plus information on service, parts, operation and safety. The Statement of Principles reinforces the industry’s commitment to industry changes that improve machinery without adding additional cost or putting safety, performance or environmental standards at risk.”
“However, recent inquiries into the agricultural machinery market and ‘right to repair’ have made recommendations that will have far-reaching unintended consequences for the industry and more particularly for rural and regional Australia.”
On 4 May 2021 the ACCC released its report into the agricultural machinery market, and following that the Productivity Commission released its draft report into Right to Repair.
“Agricultural machinery is often highly complex and requires extensive training and experience to repair or service. “