Wire & Gas 2024

Wire & Gas 2024

23 – 25 August

The Westin Brisbane, Qld

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Wire & Gas 2024 will be the Main Event for Asia-Pacific for those working in the increasingly crucial automotive thermal management and electrical sectors. This year’s Wire & Gas is essential for those who know that to thrive in this changing environment requires interdisciplinary know-how and skills, a strong support network and the confidence to see the opportunity within every challenge.

Truly living up to the Wire & Gas promise of world-class training and education, a huge and diverse programme of presentations, seminars and panel sessions, this year’s event will feature experts in hybrid and electric vehicles, air-conditioning, electrical, thermal management, business, the regulatory environment, emerging technological trends and much, much more.

Wire & Gas 2024
The Main Event

Trade Show, Awards & Cool Mavericks

In addition to the successful Wire & Gas networking opportunities and popular trade show, the Saturday night Gala Awards dinner will for the first time incorporate the Australian Refrigeration Council’s new annual ARC Award for Refrigerant Management (mobile sector), as well as the inaugural REDARC Young Technician of the Year Award and new Grant Hand Industry Mentor Award.

Wire & Gas 2024 will host the official launch of Cool Mavericks, the world’s most comprehensive history book on the topic of automotive air-conditioning. A glittering cocktail party on the opening evening will celebrate this significant publication with a bespoke beverage created to honour the book’s title and the people featured within its pages. The convention will also recognise 30 years of VASA as the voice of our industry.

Event Program

Friday August 23, 2024

  • Afternoon: Arrive at The Westin Brisbane
  • Evening: Opening Night, Book Launch, Book Signing, Trade Show and Industry Networking with Bespoke Cool Mavericks Cocktails and Canapes

Saturday August 24, 2024

  • Welcome
  • 2 x seminar presentations
  • Morning tea and Trade Show
  • 2 x seminar presentations
  • Lunch and Trade Show
  • 2 x seminar presentations
  • Afternoon tea
  • 2 x seminar presentations
  • Gala Awards Dinner with entertainment by Keegan Sparke

Sunday August 25, 2024

  • 2 x seminar presentations
  • Morning tea
  • 2 x seminar presentations
  • Event closes

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Training Program

Learn from the best – specialist trainers and industry experts

Master of Ceremonies

Michael Bennett AM

Michael Bennett AM

Former ARC chair and Refrigerant Reclaim Australia GM

Your host: Member of the Order of Australia and VASA Legend Award recipient Michael Bennett will bring his unique brand of wit, humour, intellect and industry knowledge to Wire & Gas 2024 as Master of Ceremonies.

Saturday

Grant Hand

Grant Hand

Founder of Automotive Training Solutions

Seminar: Detailed Low Side Pressure Analysis – An in-depth analysis for all systems including conventional cycling clutch (both TX and expansion tube), mechanical variable pumps, electronic variable pumps and electronically variable pumps incorporated into full electronic climate control. We will also look at frosting specifically with heavy vehicle. Alleviate confusion in one simple session.

Aaron Feast

Aaron Feast

Alientech Academy trainer

Seminar: With three decades of experience from engine reconditioning and machining to engine conversions and diesel chip-tuning under his belt, at Wire & Gas Aaron will deliver a presentation and demonstration on ECU/TCU cloning and re-flashing.

Oscar Vall

Oscar Vall

InfinitEV business development manager

Seminar: As a member of the pioneering InfinitEV team that is leading the way in creating a circular economy for hybrid and electric vehicle batteries, Oscar will bring to Wire & Gas his expertise in hybrid and electric vehicle battery technologies including battery pack replacement, repair and remanufacturing, with an overview of hybrid/EV electrical systems and diagnostic methods.

John McCormack

John McCormack

Representing Chemours in Australia

Seminar: A look at the current global landscape of refrigerants, how this influences the Australian market, and what the future looks like for refrigerant technology in a hybrid and EV world.

Jeff Smit

Jeff Smit

Co-founder of The Automotive Technician network

Seminar: A recent inductee to the AAAA Hall of Fame, besides his work with TaT Jeff is the owner of two auto electrical and repair workshops in Sydney who advocates for continuous training in the automotive repair industry. At Wire & Gas he will share the latest in electric and hybrid vehicle technology developments.

Clinton Brett

Clinton Brett

Founder of Diesel Help Australia

Seminar: A fifth-generation heavy vehicle mechanic and diesel fuel injection specialist who recently became the AAAA’s first Automotive Education Excellence Award winner, Clinton will discuss the function, operation, common faults and diagnostic testing of control valves and how they differentiate in the hydraulic fuel circuit of common rail technology for diesel vehicles and heavy machinery.

Geoff Mutton

Geoff Mutton

Co-founder of The Automotive Technician network

Seminar: Known for his expertise in implementing profitable business practices for automotive workshop owners, at Wire & Gas Geoff will focus on setting goals and tracking progress by using key performance indicators (KPIs).

Grant Hand

Grant Hand

Founder of Automotive Training Solutions

Seminar: Professional Diagnostic Platform – Grant’s platform of diagnostics used for 40 years in the industry. A guideline to system balancing together with detailed pressure and temperature analysis that can be used on all systems. With the variation in systems we are now confronted with, this is a “one procedure covers all” guide to diagnostics.

Keegan Sparke

Keegan Sparke

Musician

Soundtrack: Acoustic musician and one-man-band Keegan Sparke will return to entertain Wire & Gas delegates on Saturday night, following unanimously positive feedback for his performances at the 2018 and 2022 events.

Sunday

Kylie Farrelley

Kylie Farrelley

General Manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia

Seminar: Kylie Farrelley, who in addition to leading RRA serves on the United Nations Environment Programme Refrigeration, A/C, and Heat Pumps Technical Options Committee, plays a pivotal role in providing critical technical advice to countries participating in the Montreal Protocol negotiations. At Wire & Gas she will highlight the central role of technicians in local and global initiatives to reduce refrigerant emissions and how the automotive repair and maintenance sector fits into the big picture of environmental protection.

Rodney Cumming

Rodney Cumming

ARC General Manager, Compliance and Training

Seminar: Explaining the ARC audit process, including the new ‘quality’ certificates given to first-time fully compliant permit holders who contribute to maintaining professional and environmental standards in what is a highly regulated industry.

Lesley Yates

Lesley Yates

AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy

Seminar: One of Australasia’s leading lights in advocacy campaigns for the automotive repair sector, at Wire & Gas Lesley will discuss technological trends and share data to help workshops and the broader industry address challenges such as workforce shortages and government regulation changes.

Bob Ansett

Bob Ansett

Founder of Budget Rent A Car and bestselling author

Keynote: Bob Ansett founded Budget Rent A Car in 1965 and earned international recognition for his pioneering customer service and employee programs as well as innovative marketing strategies. At Wire & Gas He will share inspiration and insights from his bestselling books  “The Customer” and “The Meaning Of Success” tailored to the sectors in which VASA members operate.

Book Your Tickets

VASA Member Ticket
$750 + GST
Special discounted ticket for VASA Members

Standard Ticket
$950 + GST
(Non-VASA Member)
Includes 12 months of VASA Membership valued at $199 inc GST

Social Pass
$295 + GST
Friday night cocktail party, trade show and book launch + Saturday Gala Awards Dinner

Friday Pass
$90 + GST
Friday night cocktail party, trade show and book launch

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Venue and Accommodation

The Westin Brisbane 111 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000

Very special discounted Wire & Gas room rates for The Westin Brisbane and adjoining Four Points by Sheraton are available to attendees:

  • The Westin Brisbane room only: $325 per night – king bed or twin beds
  • Four Points by Sheraton room only: $210 per night – king bed or twin beds (availability limited)
  • Add breakfast: $25 per person per night when booked in advance (usually $48)
  • Add parking: $35 per vehicle per night when booked in advance (usually $60)
  • Add rollaway bed: $80 per night (maximum one per room)

All prices are inclusive of GST.  These discounted rates also apply for three days prior to and/or following the event.  Check-in is from 3:00 PM and check-out is 11:00 AM.  Rooms and availability are limited and these special prices are available only for bookings placed before close of business on Wednesday July 24, 2024.

Book a room at The Westin Brisbane
from $325 per night

Book a room at Four Points by Sheraton
from $210 per night

Code of Conduct

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Contact

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