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This Part sets up a scheme to improve access by Australian motor vehicle repairers and registered training organisations (called "scheme RTOs") to information used to diagnose faults with, service, repair, modify or dismantle motor vehicles covered by the scheme.

Such information (called "scheme information") is required to be offered for supply to Australian repairers and scheme RTOs at a price that does not exceed fair market value.

Those who supply scheme information (called "data providers") to Australian repairers and scheme RTOs are protected from certain civil claims in doing so.

To protect the safety and security of vehicle owners, individuals working for an Australian repairer or scheme RTO who access scheme information relating to vehicle safety and security must satisfy certain criteria relating to whether they are fit and proper persons to have access to such information.

Sensitive information about such individuals may be obtained by data providers for this purpose. The handling of such information is also restricted under this Part. The information cannot be made available to anyone outside Australia (including to any data provider).

Provision is made for resolving disputes about the application of the Part.

Provision is made for a scheme adviser. The scheme adviser's functions include facilitating mediation of disputes between data providers and Australian repairers or scheme RTOs, and providing information about the operation of the scheme.

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