2024 President's Gala Dinner

VACC and TACC are proud to host the prestigious 2024 President’s Gala Dinner. Hosted by Shane Jacobson, it will be a jam-packed evening of entertainment, gourmet food and drinks, magic, music and dancing. The 2024 Automotive Industry Awards (AIA) winners will be presented:

President’s Awards

  • Employer of the Year
  • Employee of the Year


  • Best Small Automotive Business – Metropolitan
  • Best Large Automotive Business – Metropolitan
  • Best Small Automotive Business – Regional
  • Best Large Automotive Business – Regional


  • Best Small Automotive Business – Tasmania
  • Best Large Automotive Business – Tasmania

VACC and TACC will recognise the achievements of apprenticeship graduates and present awards to outstanding apprentices from across Victoria and Tasmania as part of the annual Automotive Industry Awards.

The following awards will also be presented:

  • Outstanding 1st Year Apprentice
  • Outstanding 2nd Year Apprentice
  • Outstanding 3rd Year Apprentice
  • Outstanding Trainee
  • Progressive Excellence – VACC
  • Progressive Excellence – TACC
  • President’s Award – VACC Apprentice of the Year
  • President’s Award – TACC Apprentice of the Year

We welcome all members to attend this landmark industry celebration to recognise our award winners – the best of the best in the automotive industry – and  acknowledge VACC and TACC Automotive Apprenticeships award winners and graduating apprentices.


Venue: Palladium at Crown Melbourne

Date: Saturday 29 June 2024

Time: 6:30pm – 12 midnight

Dress Code: Lounge suit

Price*: $229 per person

              $2,290 per table of 10 

Tickets Closed


president's message


The Automotive Industry Awards honours high performing businesses, staff, and business owners across Victoria and Tasmania. It’s our time to shine. So, if you’re the best in the business, make sure you apply.

This year, we will present the Automotive Industry Awards winners at the President’s Gala Dinner at Crown Palladium on 29 June. We’ll also acknowledge our graduating apprentices and award winners from across Victoria and Tasmania.

It promises to be a fantastic night of celebration, entertainment, and networking. I look forward to seeing you there.

Chris Hummer
VACC President



Rocking the night will be the Voices Super Group Taxiride’s Jason Singh, The Eurogliders Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch, Rob Mills and the Voices Supergroup. They will deliver you an event to remember as they perform their original chart-topping smash hits before coming together on the one stage for an array of classic covers.


Cosentino is a multi-award winning Illusionist, a best-selling author, a Guinness World Record holder and his own TV shows have now been broadcast in over 60 countries to more than 300 million viewers worldwide. You’re in for a night of illusions, magic, dance routines, escapes, mentalism and humour.


Chamber Ambassador Shane Jacobson will be your host at the 2024 President’s Gala Dinner and AIA winners presentation. An immediately identifiable and well-loved actor, presenter, and knowledgeable automotive enthusiast with fuel coursing through his veins. When he’s not living his passion for high heels and lipstick in Hairspray The Musical, he’s tending to his numerous classic cars and trucks and motorcycles…