Although the IAME has amalgamated with other companies to form a national automotive alliance, the IAME has also separated into specialist divisions offering niche support to either local areas or emerging sectors.
Please view our current Divisions and understand there are more being formulated.
The original ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association) was founded on January 1, 1982. It was a voluntary, non-profit trade association based on and affiliated with the US based Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association. ATRA was instrumental in bringing together the fledgling automatic transmission industry in Australia. It also set a precedence that was innovative to the automotive industry in Australia. ATRA provided members with a much needed source of technical information through a regular bi-monthly magazine named "ATRA/Torque". Through this magazine, members were kept informed of the constant changes in the automatic industry, with articles and information from overseas and locally. The resignation of its former Executive Officer, Peter Cardiff, in January 1999 prompted the directors of ATRA to join IAME. Winding up the association embraced a name change to what we are known now as Automatic Transmission Rebuilders of Australasia - the new ATRA! - which recognises our members in New Zealand and Fiji.
Pistons & Pearls is dedicated to assisting the automotive industry in recruiting, retaining, progressing and recognising female employees and leaders.
One of the most crucial challenges facing the automotive industry is the inclusiveness of the workforce. It has long been a male dominated sector, but to be sustainable and reach its full potential in the future, it is essential the industry becomes more diverse and embrace all workers. Ultimately, an inclusive and diverse automotive workforce is one that will be responsive and able to withstand other industry challenges in the future.
Pistons & Pearls is comprised of representatives passionate about providing opportunities, education, awareness and support to women in the Australian automotive community through:
- Linking industry associations, individuals and products through social media, marketing, events, sponsorship and the IAME Group of Companies.
- Giving women in automotive a public presence and voice.
- Offering individual and small to large business mentoring by experienced automotive women through advice, development plans and on-going progress support.
- Working in correlation with corporations to provide employment and growth opportunities for women in automotive.
- Supporting women entering the industry by providing resources, Q&A opportunities, inspiration and encouragement.
- Presenting achievement recognition through social media, E-Newsletters and award ceremonies.
- Organising events, seminars and workshops to acknowledge women in the automotive industry.
- Attending events, seminars, workshops, expos and career days to represent women in automotive.
- Providing up to date industry information, trends and events.
- Offering opportunities to communicate with relevant industry professionals, seek answers and pass on expertise.
All women associated with the automotive industry are encouraged to join our expanding network, such as but not limited to mechanics, spray-painters, panel beaters, service advisors and assessors. By offering a membership based network we are able to keep an up-to-date database of contacts, statistics and trends.
Due to the low percentage of females represented in the Australian automotive industry we aim to keep joining Pistons & Pearls free of charge and you do not need to be a member of the IAME.
The Business Services Division has been formed to further assist business owners within the Automotive Industry with Industrial Relations and Human Resources support and advice. By becoming a member of this Division of the IAME your business would have access to:
An Industrial Relations Specialist who has a Bachelor of Laws Degree from a prominent University and has had a number of years’ with direct experience in Industrial Relations. This Industrial Relations Specialist will be here to answer all of your questions on salaries and conditions and to prepare submissions to the Fair Work Commission when awards come under review.
Qualified staff to assist you in addressing technical issues that might confront you or members of your staff – Mechanical, Collision Repair or Sales. Our staff members are across a comprehensive range of legislation and regulations that might affect your business.
A quarterly journal that contains a plethora of technical and professional information for you and members of your staff.
Rather than “cold calls”, which often see people turning up at your business at an inconvenient time, we will arrange for one of our staff to visit you whenever you phone and request a visit.
A comprehensive suite of training courses will be made available at a very reasonable cost. These will be both accredited and non-accredited courses designed to ensure your business is ahead of current technological and regulatory advances. Some of these course included Service Advisor, Frontline Management and Customer Satisfaction.
Constant monitoring of State and Federal Governments to detect any actions, proposals or considerations that may ultimately impact negatively on our Automotive Industry. We then commence an intense lobbying process to ensure our Industry is protected.
In partnership with Acacia Insurance the IAME offers members specialist insurance advice, solutions and assistance. Our insurance solutions are tailored for the Automotive Industry, and members can select the level of cover that suits you, with the benefit of expert advice.