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ABIA was formed in October 1990 to serve the interests of Australian companies involved in the wholesaling of replacement automotive batteries in the Australian market place. Membership coverage now accounts for approximately 95% of automotive battery volume in Australia.

Since inception ABIA has been involved as the wholesale automotive battery industry representative with entities such as ACCC, Federal and State Environment Departments, MVRIC (NSW), Attorney-General's Department, National Transport Commission, WorkSafe Victoria, Advisory Committee for the Transport of Dangerous Goods, etc. In the latter case, key concessions have been granted to the Association's Members across successive editions of Australian Dangerous Goods Code that contribute to the safe and efficient the transport of automotive lead acid batteries, many of which have since been progressively incorporated the Code.

Representation in the Association ranges from multinationals to sole proprietors involving both local manufacture and importation, with individual distribution coverage varying from national, multi state and regional....
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Automotive Batteries is a general description for batteries used as starter batteries for the engines of cars, trucks, agricultural appliances, motor cycles, boats etc. Apart from providing starting power, in most instances automotive type batteries also help out with power for accessories when the vehicle alternator is unable to fully cover the power requirement, to provide power for lights, radios etc when the vehicle is parked and the engine is not running. They also play a vital role in smoothing out sudden spikes and drops in the vehicle’s electrical power needs.

Average automotive battery life is in the order of approximately 42 months but can vary dramatically depending on vehicle use. Infrequent vehicle use, regular short trips, rough roads, hot climates, continuous vehicle operation (taxis, long haulage trucks etc) for varying reasons could be expected to reduce battery life, depending on the severity of the conditions.

Until recent times, a ‘one battery technology fits all’ approach has applied to replacement batteries particularly to cars. But with the emergence of computer, ... >> Read More


ABIA is dedicated to responsible recycling programs for spent automotive battery arisings. The Association's reviews over a number of decades indicate an average annual Australian recycling rate for spent automotive lead acid batteries in excess of 96%, which continue to reflect superb 'cradle to grave' recycling outcomes. That such recycling rates are achieved via voluntary collection schemes and without the need for government intervention programs should be a matter of great pride to all concerned. >> Read More


The Association’s Code of Practice promotes consistent and fair trading practices in the interests of the public, battery retailers and Members. Drafting of the initial edition of the Code included input from the Trade Practices Commission (now ACCC).

The Code mandates as a minimum that battery performance claims be in accordance with AS2149–Starter batteries-Lead acid, enabling both the public and battery retailers to have a consistent basis for comparison of battery..>> Read More


The next General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st June, 2017 in Perth.






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