2021

National Bulletin – 2021 November/December

Update from the Bus Industry Confederation   We know you are busy and may not get around to touching base with our monthly e-bulletin. Why not engage with us by linking up with us and staying informed on what we are doing for industry on LinkedIn   In this edition of the National Bus & Coach Bulletin we launch registrations for the upcoming Bus Industry Summit 1st and 2nd March 2022. We provide an update on our national agenda to ensure safety comes first as Industry transitions to ZERO and we invite you to ‘have your say’. APTIA provides an overview on

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View from Canberra – 2021 December

In this edition of the View from Canberra, the secretariat takes a look at the year that was in 2021…and what a year! It is our lot in life at the BIC to instruct governments on what was, what is and what will be. The year that was in 2021 saw accelerated activity coming out of the Federal Department of Infrastructure & Transport, the Office of Road Safety, the National Transport Commission and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The first half of 2021 saw several door-stopper regulatory impact statements on national law reform and legislative review of heavy vehicle law,

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Proof that buses are safer and greener

Bus industry ticks all the boxes on safety with a low environmental footprint. A major report from the Bus Industry Confederation provides a decade of evidence-based data on the industry’s safety and emissions record. The report is an important snapshot of the bus industry and its contribution to Australia’s economy, social well-being, city liveability and the governments ‘green’ agenda. Australian governments need to recognise that buses are still the number-one public transport provider for workers and students. The industry report opens with a decade of data on the bus manufacturing and supply sector pointing to a strong sector that produces

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Industry desperate for workers

Employers in the bus industry desperate for workers. The growth in public transport patronage over the past 4 decades has required more buses on the road and more drivers. A major industry report released by the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) takes a deep dive on the operational task of keeping buses moving on our roads and examines the growth in patronage and passenger vehicle kilometre data over the last decade. The industry currently employs more than 85,000 Australians with an estimated 60,000 in this workforce undertaking the daily task of safely transporting scores of workers and students each day. However,

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View from Canberra 2021 – November

In this month’s edition of the View from Canberra, we ask the question if it is too early to make a call on the ‘new norm’ for bus businesses in a post-covid environment. There can be no doubt that the public transport sector saw a significant shift in patronage in different periods of covid outbreaks and consequent lock downs. The question is – will Australian’s continue to choose a work from home option (if able to) and will alternative commutes that were taken up during outbreaks (ie. the bike and car) continue?  According to Infrastructure Australia, public transport useage in

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National Bulletin – 2021 October

In this edition of the National Bus & Coach Bulletin we give you access to big data on the bus and coach industry over the past decade. The Bus Industry Confederation has also launched our new movingpeople website – a repository of policy & research materials and technical resources to help operators and suppliers navigate current and emerging challenges and opportunities in our industry. Get your early bird advice on the BIC’s National Industry Summit 1st and 2nd March 2022! We also welcome 4 organisations as new members to the BIC and our team of industry’s national navigators. Big data on last decade

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View from Canberra 2021 October

The BIC has always approached our moving people vision to enhance the sustainability and liveability of Australia’s cities and regions by using buses and coaches. This is one of the reasons behind our decision in mid-2018, to commission the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (University of Sydney) to compile a decade of national data on the bus fleet on our roads, the operators and their passengers. The collated data provides an important snapshot of our industry and our contribution to Australia’s economy, social well-being, city liveability and the governments ‘green’ agenda. Read the full ArticleDownload

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View from Canberra 2021 September

On 3 September, IA released its 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan to achieve its 2036 vision. A vision that would seek infrastructure that “improves the sustainability of [Australia’s] economic, social, environmental and governance settings, builds quality of life for all Australians, and is resilient to shocks and emerging stresses”. Ambitious? Realistic? – maybe and maybe not. Who could have predicted the current social and economic landscape? Who could have forecasted our ‘pandemic infrastructure’ needs looking through the lens of the last IA Plan in 2016? – a plan that aimed to “recapture the reform spirit of the 1980s and 1990s and

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BIC National E-Bulletin 2021 August

National Update from the Bus Industry Confederation [August 2021 Edition] The BIC is loathed to do it! We know so many of us bussies were hanging on to the last chance for a face-to-face for industry at the national conference in Brisbane this year. The BIC has made the (wise) decision to postpone to 2022. Details outlined below. In other news, the BAN submits our thoughts to the NTC on their proposed pricing methodology for heavy vehicle charging for 2022-2023. We also visit the importance of keeping the bus fleet well maintained and to OEM specifications. This bulletin also provides a

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View from Canberra 2021 August

In this edition we reflect on the human shift and adaptation to the current pandemic crisis. In this time of global obscurity, it is little comfort that the inevitability of change will never change. However, it is fair to say that uninvited change often results in vast improvements in our lot in life. Change presents the opportunity to transform and to be inventors of innovation. Massive change is evident in our own moving people industry. Public transport has been a major change-driver over the past century. The growth patterns of Australia’s cities, for example, could never have happened without the

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