31/07/12 - The Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia (TMA) was established over 40 years ago to represent the interests of importers, manufacturers and sellers of agricultural tractors and machinery in Australia.The mission of the Association is "to effectively represent the development of manufacturers, importers and dealers in the agricultural machinery and allied industries."A member based industry organisation, TMA was formed in response to the need for a single voice for the tractor and machinery industry to tackle issues such as OH&S and other legislative requirements.Membership is drawn from every facet of the farm machinery industry, ensuring TMA speaks as one voice for the industry on issues as diverse as: government regulation and legislation industry training and development; and market sales statistics for the industry and its members.TMA notes that this approach has enabled the Association to assist in shaping changes to legislation in order to make these changes practical and commercial. This thereby protects the interests of the sellers and manufacturers of farm machinery without jeopardising the safety of the end user.Farm machinery sales in Australia total over $3 billion annually, with the industry employing more than 30,000 people across the country.The TMA is managed by a Board of Directors that comprises individuals nominated from member companies. The day to day affairs of the Association are managed by the Executive Director and Office Administrator.TMA listed seven strategies designed to guide the policies and work of the Association for 2003 to 2010. These were to: establish a representative and effective industry peak body expand exports set and maintain industry standards facilitate information exchange in the agricultural machinery and allied industries co-ordinate the establishment, and maintenance, of a pool of relevant expertise maintain and strengthen appropriate organisational linkages; and promote environmentally sustainable practices.