2018 Conference Speakers and Presentations


   

Conference Opening

 

Are we in a transport storm?

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Michael Apps, Executive Director - Bus Industry Confederation

Michael Apps is the Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC). He established the BIC National Secretariat in Canberra in 2001 to engage the Federal Government in taking a strategic role in the future of Australia’s Public Transport systems. Under him the BIC has developed a moving people strategy that aims to provide solutions to the nation’s long term transport problems through the development of a public and active transport culture. He is the former Deputy Chief of the Australian Trucking Association and has previously worked for Ministers in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales governments.
 

Conference Welcome Opening Address.

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Wayne Patch, Chairman - Bus Industry Confederation

During a 20 year career with the Queensland government Wayne had considerable exposure to the bus industry which culminated in him heading up the government’s team to negotiate the introduction of the major passenger transport reforms of 1994 with industry. In 1995, Wayne took over the reins of Queensland’s newest bus company Transit Australia Group. Wayne was also a driving force behind the amalgamation of two industry bodies and the formation of the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC). He served as QBIC President for 4 years. He has served as the Queensland representative on the national industry body, the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) and was elected Chairman of the BIC in October 2011. During his many years of service to QBIC and BIC, Wayne has willingly contributed his time and experience at no cost to industry.

 

Keynote Address.

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Phil Twyford, New Zealand Minister for Transport and for Housing and Urban Development

Phil Twyford was born and raised in Auckland. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatu, where he lives. Phil’s vision is for New Zealand to deliver hope and opportunity to all people. He is committed to fixing the housing and transport problems that affect our biggest city, as well as much of the rest of the country. After studying politics at Auckland University, Phil worked as a journalist and union organiser before becoming the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Phil’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC. Upon returning to New Zealand, Phil was elected to Parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In Opposition, he held the portfolios of Housing, Transport, Auckland Issues, and Disarmament and Arms Control. As Minister for Housing and Urban Development and Transport, Phil is looking forward to working with communities to build a better New Zealand.

 

Keynote Address.

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Michael McCormack - Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Prior to entering Parliament, Michael began professional life with a journalism cadetship with The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Wagga Wagga in 1981. He was appointed to the newspaper’s editorship in 1991. At the age of 27, Michael was the youngest person appointed to edit a daily newspaper in Australasia at the time. Michael then co- founded a media and publishing small business in Wagga Wagga, which he owned and operated in partnership until he was elected to Parliament in 2010. The 2013 Federal Election saw Michael appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance followed by an appointment as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister in 2015. On 26 February 2018 Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia’s 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Guest Speaker

 

ENGAGING GEN Z:Emerging Consumers & Staff

Presentation embargoed

Guest Speaker - Claire Madden

Claire Madden (www.clairemadden.com) is the nation’s leading voice on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator, Claire is in demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and implications of generational change. Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials. Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications for educators, managers and business leaders. Claire is commissioned by some of the nation’s largest companies and leading brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society. As a media commentator, Claire is regularly interviewed on prominent television programs including The Drum, The Project, The Today Show, SkyNews, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in print media.

Conference Presentations


The economic outlook - Australia and New Zealand - China the USA and an era of disruption.

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Matthew Hassan, Senior Economist - Westpac Economics.

Matthew Hassan is a Senior Economist with Westpac. His specific areas of expertise are housing markets and the Australian consumer. Matthew’s research has been instrumental in shaping Westpac’s views on the Australian economy, including recent calls on official interest rates. His research has provided important insights into housing market developments and the behaviour of the Australian consumer. He is the author of Westpac’s Red Book and Housing Pulse reports regarded as essential reading on the consumer and housing sectors. Before joining the Westpac team in 2007, Matthew held senior positions with leading economic consultancies in Australia and New Zealand.


Future cities and regions, population and public transport.

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Robin Jackson, Integrated Transport and Land-use Specialist - Infrastructure Australia

Robin Jackson is an Integrated Transport & Land Use Specialist at Infrastructure Australia, with a responsibility for providing planning and policy advice on nationally significant infrastructure. Infrastructure Australia publicly advocates for reform on key issues including means of funding, financing, delivering and operating infrastructure and how to better plan and utilise infrastructure networks. Robin has 25 years of experience planning and delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Infrastructure Australia, he led AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory practice across NSW and ACT, established AECOM’s Commercial Advisory practice to provide funding and financing advice for mega-projects, and authored publications for the Global Cities initiative. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management, and a Member of the UK Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.


Future cities, city deals and public transport.

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Ann Redmond, General Manager Cities - Strategic Policy and Queensland Branch, Cities Division, Federal Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Ann Redmond joined as the General Manager of Cities Strategic Policy in the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities in April 2018. Ann has over 20 years’ experience in policy development, economic regulation and program delivery across a number of portfolios including with Prime Minister and Cabinet, Infrastructure and the Public Service Commission. Her career has included working for a number of Federal Ministers as a senior advisor on infrastructure, land transport reform and aviation.


Insights into the Western Sydney City Deal.

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Bronwen Clark, Executive Director - National Growth Areas Alliance

The National Growth Areas Alliance is the peak body representing 21 Councils on the outskirts of capital cities, where one fifth of the Australian population lives. Another 2.5 million people are expected to be living in growth areas by 2031. Alliance Members are united by shared experiences of population growth rates at double the national average, inadequate infrastructure to cope with the increased demand, and long-term lack of government investment in roads, public transport and essential services. Our work is supported by a strong research base proving the need for, and benefits of, long-term planning and funding of critical infrastructure. As Executive Officer, Bronwen brings advocacy, policy and government relations expertise to the Alliance. She has consulted extensively to local government, small business and not-for-profits, and has worked with the Federal Government on multilateral trade negotiations, including representing Australia at the WTO.


Accommodating growth in our cities and regions and the important role of public transport.

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Stephen Davis, Principal Partner - Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Stephen is a strategic land use and development planner with over 20 years of professional experience delivering a range of master planned residential estates, strategic projects and infill developments across Australia. Stephen specialises in the fields of urban growth area and regional planning, integrated land use and transport planning, transit oriented development and regional economic development. Stephen has worked extensively with the Victorian bus industry developing and advocating for the role out of new route services which give effect to the objectives of integrated land use and transport planning. In his current role with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) as Principal Planner Stephen is engaged on a number of major infrastructure and transport projects providing him with valuable insights to the dynamics of the growth and development of capital and regional cities.

Keynote Address


Public Transport Fightback – attacking tech lies and hype for city futures.

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Professor Graham Currie - Professor of Public Transport, Director, Public Transport Research Group, Monash University

Professor Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He is founder and Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University which in 2015 was identified as one of the top 3 research groups in the world by an independent European review of the field. In July 2016 Graham won the best research paper prize at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai, also winning the William W Millar prize for best research paper from the US Transportation Research Boards Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Professor Currie specialises in research on public transport markets, route and network design in transit, transit futures and social and economic benefits of urban transit.


Mobility as a service, the future of public transport and what Australians are looking for.

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Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer - Intelligent Transport Systems Australia

As CEO of ITS Australia and a career focusing on transport strategy, Susan is ideally placed to translate the benefits that transport technology can deliver to business and the Australian community. Through the global network of ITS Associations, Susan has strong linkages with the international ITS community. Other affiliations include the Convenor of the Austroads CAV Industry Reference Group. Susan is also a member of the Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group, the National Transport Commission Industry Advisory Group, the Space Cross Sectoral Interest Group, and the 2026 Spatial Agenda Leadership Group.


A New Zealand perspective on MaaS.

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Martin McMullan, Director Connected Journey's - NZ Transport Authority

Since July 2016, Martin has led the Transport Agency’s approach to innovation and new technology. He is passionate about using data to provide smart solutions that connect people, services and infrastructure. Martin joined the Transport Agency in 2014 as Zero Harm manager. Working with industry partners, Martin led the introduction of new technology and data analytics to support the government’s objective to reduce workplace fatalities and serious harm by 25 percent. Martin has more than 15 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry. He has also established two technology start-up businesses. He sits on the Construction Safety Council Board of Directors and holds an executive role with the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative. Martin is also a registered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.


Mobility as a Service – what does it mean for route, school bus and coach operators in Australia and New Zealand?

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Yale Wong, Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst - Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The Business School, University of Sydney

Yale’s present research is to market test mobility as a service (MaaS) with respect to demanders and suppliers, supervised by Professors David Hensher and Corinne Mulley. He holds the Busways Group and University of Sydney Business School Postgraduate Scholarship on Public Transport Systems. Yale has completed projects for the Bus Industry Confederation and Sustainable Business Australia, and recently concluded a three-month study visit to South Africa funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. He has worked previously in bus operations with experience in network planning and service development.

Mobility as a Service Delegates Forum

Michael Apps, Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation facilitates the panellists.

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Industrial Relations - what will it look like in 2025?


The IR consensus - is it breaking down?

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Tim Capelin Partner - Piper Alderman

Tim joined Piper Alderman having led, for over a decade, Australia’s leading boutique workplace law firm. He has more than 20 years’ experience in employment and industrial relations law. During the last two decades, Tim has represented a broad range of companies (including many of Australia’s best known employers) in a myriad of employment and industrial relations matters. Tim has particular experience advising clients on enterprise bargaining, WH&S, discrimination and senior executive matters. Tim has acted for leading organisations in most industry sectors including public transport, food and beverage, retail, health & hospitality, pharmaceutical, logistics, resources, construction, government, finance and insurance. He frequently presents on workplace law topics, is a regular contributor to industry and legal publications and is sought by the media for comment on workplace law issues. Tim has also been recognised in the Best Lawyers listing 2016 and 2017 for Labour and Employment Law.


Innovative Workplace Practices.

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Mike Kent, General Counsel - Transit Systems Australia

As General Counsel for Transit Australia Group since July 2012, Mike is an experienced corporate governance professional and in-house commercial lawyer and a company director since 1993. Other positions held by Mike include: Board Member of Not for Profit Aged Care Facility - 2000-2005, Chartered Secretary since 2010, Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia, Fellow, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Member, Open Compliance and Ethics Group, Member, Queensland Law Society Inc. Transit Systems (“TS”) is an international multi-disciplinary transport solutions provider. It operates over 2,200 buses providing public transport services in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Darwin, Busselton, Bunbury and Albany that employ more than 4,200 people. As Tower Transit, TS operates over 400 double and single deck buses in London employing around 1,600 people, and a further 380 buses in Singapore employing approximately 900 employees.


Status of employees, the enforcement of minimum rights, increasing Union powers and fair pay agreements.

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Fiona McMillan, Partner - LaneNeave, Solicitors (NZ)

Fiona specialises in assisting employers with all employment law related advice involving all processes from restructurings to disciplinary matters. She has built strong relationships within a number of different industries including corporate, tourism and manufacturing. Fiona has a hands on style of practise which involves working in a business as opposed to working alongside it. This is where Fiona’s Human Resources experience comes in. Fiona often undertakes HR audits and internal investigations, and assists with the day to day HR functions of a business. Although Fiona is based in Auckland she works with clients in all parts of the country. Fiona regularly presents employment law seminars around New Zealand.

The industrial and social impacts of autonomous vehicles


Industry Outcomes - an introduction to the issues.

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Michael Apps, Executive Director - Bus Industry Confederation

Michael Apps is the Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC). He established the BIC National Secretariat in Canberra in 2001 to engage the Federal Government in taking a strategic role in the future of Australia’s Public Transport systems. Under him the BIC has developed a moving people strategy that aims to provide solutions to the nation’s long term transport problems through the development of a public and active transport culture. He is the former Deputy Chief of the Australian Trucking Association and has previously worked for Ministers in the ACT & NSW governments.

Integrating electric autonomous vehicles into existing PT transport systems.

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John Calabro, Chief Operating Officer - Transit Australia Group

John (JR) has been the Chief Operations Officer at Transit Australia Group since August 2015. John holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland along with a Master of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering) also from the University of Queensland. Transit Australia Group (TAG) is Australia’s mass transit specialist partnering with governments, public authorities and private operators to innovate and enhance transport products and systems. TAG is one of Australia’s largest privately owned mass transit companies, with a unique end-to-end offering that includes bus design and manufacturing, urban network design, planning and operation, and workforce development and training. TAG recently announced a new partnership with international electric driverless technology company EasyMile that will see South Australia become an innovation epicentre for autonomous vehicles.

 

Surplus Humans.

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Ian MacDonald, National IR Manager - Bus Industry Confederation

With more than two decades experience in Industrial Relations and complex contract negotiations in the bus and coach industry, Ian MacDonald began working within the Bus & Coach Industry in 1990, firstly, representing Bus Operators as a solicitor and then as an Industrial Relations consultant with BusNSW, which he joined in 1996. Since 2010 Ian has been the National Industrial Relations Manager of the Australian Public Transport Industrial Association (APTIA), which is the industrial arm of the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC), the peak national body. Ian has lead APTIA, a registered organisation, to become a national industrial resource for the transport industry, representing members across all states. Ian is a long-time member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and the NSW Industrial Relations Society. He chairs the APTIA Industrial Working Group and is a member of the Workplace Policy Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

   

Public Transport as an Essential Service


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Steve Schofield, Group Head Human Resources and Industrial Relations - Downer Group

Steve is senior HR professional with a genuine commitment to improving organisational capability through developing internal Talent. He holds an MBA in Human Resources from Macquarie University. Downer Group employs approximately 56,000 people across more than 300 sites. In December 2017 Steve was directly involved in the Downer Group’s $1.3 billion acquisition of an 87.8% interest in the Spotless Group. As a Board Director for Foodbank NSW, a not-for-profit charity supporting those charities caring for struggling families in NSW and the ACT every week, he is regularly reminded of the need to remain grounded and the importance of keeping issues in perspective. Foodbank NSW/ACT directly supports more than 170,000 families every week providing food and groceries. Through valuing, developing and challenging the Talents and Key Specialists within an organisation, Steve has been able to make a substantial contribution to those organisations where he has held senior HR roles.


Scott Barklamb, Director for Workplace Relations - Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Scott Barklamb, as Director of Workplace Relations, leads the Australian Chamber’s Workplace Policy team, working to ensure the regulation of work in Australia is globally competitive, and supports investing, creating jobs and doing business in this country. A critical part of this is working with the Chambers’ unique network of employer representatives to develop the policy ideas and approaches that will support business in delivering work opportunities and high standards of living now and into the future. Scott and his team regularly advocate on behalf of the Australian business community to parliamentary committees, industrial tribunals and a wide range of inquiries and reviews on major national workplace relations matters. Scott also represents the Chamber network on Australia’s National Workplace Relations Consultative Council (NWRCC) and its sub-committees on workplace relations legislation and international labour relations.


Demand Responsive Transport: a step towards MaaS - a Queensland perspective.

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Matthew Longland, Deputy Director-General Department of Transport and Main Roads

Matthew is the Deputy Director-General of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the head of TransLink. TransLink is responsible for delivering Queensland’s integrated passenger transport system, including bus, train, ferry, trams, personalised transport, long distance coaches, school bus services and subsidised air services. In his role, Matthew is accountable for an annual operating budget of $2.6 billion and works closely with more than 500 delivery partners across Queensland to provide reliable, efficient and customer focussed services across the state. Qualifications include: Bachelor of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning, Queensland University of Technology, Executive Master of Business Administration, Australian Graduate School of Management University of New South Wales.


Passenger Transport in New South Wales - a helicopter view.

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John Karaboulis, Executive Director, Service Delivery & Asset Management - Transport for NSW

John has a background in a civil engineering and business with 25 years experience in Project Management, Contract Management and Service Delivery in both private and public sector organisations. John commenced with Transport for NSW in late 2009 and he now heads up the Service Delivery & Asset Management branch of the Infrastructure & Services Division. John has led significant change in the delivery of transport in NSW including the biggest rail timetable change in a generation, the competitive tendering of metropolitan bus contracts, and the procurement of NSW Country Link Services, Fast Ferry Services, Outer Metropolitan and Rural & Regional Bus contracts. Furthermore, John led the implementation of the Transport Officer and Police Transport Command model to combat fare evasion and improve customer security.

   

On Demand Transport lessons learned in New South Wales - Joint Presentation

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Joint Presentation

Sue Wiblin, New Mobilities Manager - Keolis Downer

Sue is a strategic customer and stakeholder specialist with over 20 years’ experience leading community engagement, urban planning and new mobility projects across listed property groups, membership organisations, SMEs and government. Sue passionately believes to improve transport connectivity, reduce congestion and create more liveable cities we need to look beyond one size fits all solutions. People need the ability to make decisions among rather than between modes. Sue joined Keolis Downer in 2017 to develop the New Mobilities business stream. She is currently leading a range of projects across Australia and New Zealand including on demand trials in NSW and autonomous vehicle trials in Victoria and South Australia.

Joint Presentation

David Adelman, Vice President Business Development - Via

David Adelman is the Vice President of Global Partnerships at Via, bringing Via’s on-demand transit systems to cities and operators around the world. Prior to Via, David led BD and M&A at Snagajob, America’s largest marketplace for hourly work. David previously founded and led two startups. David received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he majored in Entrepreneurial Management. Before Wharton, David was an associate with Charlesbank, a private equity firm in Boston. He also worked for the consulting firm Bain & Company, advising clients in the US, India, and most importantly, in Sydney and Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, and grew up in Israel where he was the Israeli junior national golf champion. He now lives in Washington, DC with his wife Melissa and two little boys, Griffin and Archer.

Diversification to total local transport operator: A tool to enable operators to set the transport agenda.

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Parry Serafim, General Manager Network Planning - BusVic

Parry has worked in the transport and logistics industry for over 20 years with senior roles in the operational, regulatory and infrastructure areas of the transport sector. Parry has worked extensively in fleet operations, heavy vehicle regulation, transport and infrastructure planning and infrastructure delivery. He provides a comprehensive knowledge of heavy vehicle operations, service delivery, and regulation across all sectors of the industry through both the private and government sectors. At the Bus Association Victoria, Parry leads the charge in supporting industry work with Government to improve not only the planning processes associated with delivering public transport services in Victoria, but also to improve the actual customer service outcomes associated with network planning. Recently, Parry has taken on the role of Project Director for the development of BAV's Get There App, an industry led proposal to create a commercial tool for bus operators to assist in their transition from route bus operators to total transport operators. The Get There App aims to help operators fill the personal transit gap between public transport services and private taxi services.

Keynote Address


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Hon Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Anthony grew up in public housing in the inner Sydney suburb of Camperdown and recognised early-on the need to fight for social justice and equal opportunity in Australia. Anthony has often said that he was raised with three great faiths: The Catholic Church, The South Sydney Football Club and Labor. After completing his Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Anthony worked for Whitlam and Hawke government Minister, Tom Uren. In 1996 Anthony was elected as the Member for Grayndler in Sydney’s Inner West, where he has lived his entire life. Anthony continues to be a progressive Member of Parliament and is a passionate advocate for the environment, workers’ rights, refugees and equality for all members of the community, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality or religion. He believes in opportunities for all through education and training, universal healthcare and the need for Government investment in local communities.

Case Studies in integrated transport and growth area planning

The role of transport operators and locacl government in smart cities, regions, land use, planning,integrated transport and service needs.

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Adrian Beresford-Wiley, Chief Executive Officer - Australian Local Government Association

Adrian Beresford-Wylie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). He took up that position on 1 May 2006. Previous to this, Mr Beresford-Wylie was a senior public servant in the Australian Public Service and headed the area dealing with local government and natural disasters in the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services. In 1998-99 Mr Beresford-Wylie was the adviser on maritime and land transport issues to the Hon John Anderson MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services. Mr Beresford-Wylie has tertiary qualifications in arts and law from the Australian National University and the College of Law in Sydney. He began his public service career in 1984 as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs. He has also worked in corporate sales in Telstra and for a large law firm in Sydney.


Case studies in Transit Orientated Developments in growth areas.

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Bronwen Clark, Executive Director - National Growth Areas Alliance

The National Growth Areas Alliance is the peak body representing 21 Councils on the outskirts of capital cities, where one fifth of the Australian population lives. Another 2.5 million people are expected to be living in growth areas by 2031. Alliance Members are united by shared experiences of population growth rates at double the national average, inadequate infrastructure to cope with the increased demand, and long-term lack of government investment in roads, public transport and essential services. Our work is supported by a strong research base proving the need for, and benefits of, long-term planning and funding of critical infrastructure. As Executive Officer, Bronwen brings advocacy, policy and government relations expertise to the Alliance. She has consulted extensively to local government, small business and not-for-profits, and has worked with the Federal Government on multilateral trade negotiations, including representing Australia at the WTO.


Case studies in integrated transport and growth area planning.

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Stephen Davis, Principal Partner - Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Stephen is a strategic land use and development planner with over 20 years of professional experience delivering a range of master planned residential estates, strategic projects and infill developments across Australia. Stephen specialises in the fields of urban growth area and regional planning, integrated land use and transport planning, transit oriented development and regional economic development. Stephen has worked extensively with the Victorian bus industry developing and advocating for the role out of new route services which give effect to the objectives of integrated land use and transport planning. In his current role with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) as Principal Planner Stephen is engaged on a number of major infrastructure and transport projects providing him with valuable insights to the dynamics of the growth and development of capital and regional cities.

Delegates Workshop and Panel on Integrated Transport and Growth Area Planning

 

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Sustainable Transport Forum


Future innovation in road transport.

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Geoff Allan, Chief Operating Officer - National Transport Commission

Geoff is the Chief Operating Officer at the National Transport Commission (NTC) where he works with state and territory governments to deliver nationally consistent transport reforms. He has more than 20 years of experience working in transport and urban policy matters, having worked for the Commonwealth and Queensland transport departments and the Queensland and Commonwealth environmental protection departments. Geoff has a PhD in Public Sector Management, a Masters in Asian Government and a degree in town planning. Geoff is a born and bred Queenslander, living in Melbourne, who is a proud member of the Brisbane Lions.


The global program for sustainable transport.

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Anthony King, Sustainability Manager - Scania Australia

Anthony King has been working for Scania as the Key Account Manager for Alternative Fuels since 2014. Anthony was previously based in South Africa and responsible for the Sub-Saharan African region. In November 2016 in March 2017 he managed a key assignment for Scania Sweden looking at Alternative Fuel opportunities in the South East Asian and Oceania region. In Australia he carries the role of Sustainable Solutions Manager promoting Scania’s Innovative Technology.


Buses are getting smart.

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Paul Gwyn, Managing Director - INIT Asia-Pacific

Paul has Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Maths plus an MBA from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in International Business Strategy from ICG. He has over 40 years of experience in developing rugged mobile technologies in both military and civilian applications. He was responsible for developing the Public Transport product portfolio at Tait Electronics (NZ) and has enjoyed global success with integrated voice and data products on a global basis. Paul was involved in developing world firsts in analogue and digital radio systems with high speed data polling specifically aimed at ITCS data systems. Paul currently Chairs the UITP Cyber Security working group who are developing UITP strategy and policies framework for their members.

Keynote Address


Real Time Network Management - Lessons and Legacy from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Neil Scales, Director General - Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld)

Prior to joining TransLink, Neil was one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) most senior public transport executives. He was Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. As Director-General, Neil leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), with an operating budget of $5.886 billion, capital budget of $3.185 billion and managed assets worth $70.690 billion. Neil joined the Queensland Public Service in March 2012 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TransLink where he was responsible for the public transport network across Queensland. He was appointed Director-General of TMR in March 2013. In September 2014, Neil became Commissioner for the National Transport Commission (NTC) and joined the Roads Australia Board in November 2014.Neil is Chair of Austroads and Deputy Chair of the Australian Road Research Board.

The Bus Industry Report 2018


The bus industry report 2018 and BRT, BBS and Bus Priority - An overview of BIC projects underway

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Yale Wong, Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst - Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The Business School, University of Sydney

Yale’s present research is to market test mobility as a service (MaaS) with respect to demanders and suppliers, supervised by Professors David Hensher and Corinne Mulley. He holds the Busways Group and University of Sydney Business School Postgraduate Scholarship on Public Transport Systems. Yale has completed projects for the Bus Industry Confederation and Sustainable Business Australia, and recently concluded a three-month study visit to South Africa funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. He has worked previously in bus operations with experience in network planning and service development.


2018 Conference Wrap

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Michael Apps, Executive Director - Bus Industry Confederation

Michael Apps is the Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC). He established the BIC National Secretariat in Canberra in 2001 to engage the Federal Government in taking a strategic role in the future of Australia’s Public Transport systems. Under him the BIC has developed a moving people strategy that aims to provide solutions to the nation’s long term transport problems through the development of a public and active transport culture. He is the former Deputy Chief of the Australian Trucking Association and has previously worked for Ministers in the ACT & NSW governments.

Guest Speaker


Are. You. Ready?

Presentation embargoed

Dr Jess Gallagher

At the age of 17 Jessica was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease causing her to become legally blind. In pursuit of her long term goal - becoming Australia’s first athlete to medal at a summer AND winter Paralympics and due to Long Jump being removed from the Rio Paralympics - Jess has transitioned to track cycling. In March 2016 she made her debut for Australia as a cyclist becoming World Champion and claiming a new World Record in the process in the women’s tandem sprint alongside her pilot Maddie Janseen. They also won bronze in the 1km Time Trial. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Jess created stunning sporting history becoming the first Australian athlete - Olympic or Paralympic - to medal at both a summer and winter games when she won bronze in the 1km Time Trial.

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