Moving Australia



 
   
View from Canberra 2019 October

In this edition of the View from Canberra we discuss the details of the upcoming BIC conference.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Catherine King, Albo’s new transport and infrastructure spokesperson, Janet Rice, the Greens transport spokesperson, Scott Buchholz, the Federal Minister for Road Safety and Chris Steel, the ACT Minister for Transport and City Services will all provide keynote addresses and outline their policy and plans for our industry.

The conference program will look at how you can grow your business and be a part of the future growth of public transport and the role of bus. And the partners program this year will be like no other we’ve run before, it will be very unique.
View from Canberra 2019 September

This month we talk about school transport. With so much concern around climate change, it surprises me that only about a quarter of kids catch the bus to school. The majority it seems are transported in cars every morning and afternoon mainly in our cities where most people live, and traffic congestion and environmental concern are largest. Yet it seems governments in all states and territories do not see school bus travel as part of the solution to these major national challenges for cities and growing regions.

View from Canberra 2019 August

In this edition we discuss the BIC National Conference and the 2019 Infrastructure Australia Audit Report that was publicly released on 13 August. The report paints a dire prediction about our future if Australia does not get serious about investing in infrastructure and getting public transport right.

The upcoming conference theme, Moving People - a National Priority is to make sure governments are listening and acting and emphasise the role of all governments to get moving and work with Industry to meet the public transport challenges ahead and recognise the role of the bus as the biggest mover of people every day in the public transport system no matter where you live.

View from Canberra 2019 July There is currently a Review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) being undertaken by the National Transport Commission (NTC). The BIC and Bus Australia Network (BAN) are currently participating in this and have formed a Working Group to develop Industry responses to each discussion paper. There will be 8 discussion papers over the next few months. The BIC has submitted its response to the Risk Based Regulation discussion paper which is available on the BIC website.
View from Canberra 2019 June This month’s View discusses the recent election. The 46th Federal Parliament has been established after an interesting federal election campaign. The ministry and shadow ministry have been announced and generally it is all pretty good for the bus and coach industry.
The Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Australian Greens and the Minister for Industrial Relations Christian Porter have all been invited to speak at the Conference in November.
View from Canberra 2019 May This month we talk about the upcoming BIC conference being held in Canberra in November and discuss some of the conference program. This year significant parts of the program that will be relevant to rostering and scheduling. We will be inviting a number of dignitaries including the people-elect Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and the party-elect Leader of the Opposition.
We also talk about some of the things that were discussed at the last BIC Council meeting including why the BIC Council agreed that minor amendments to the BIC Constitution were necessary. As well as the national work program 2019-2022. 
View from Canberra - Special Election Commentary 2019 The Federal budget was and is the Federal Election central theme. With the election just a few weeks away, this special edition of the View from Canberra discusses just that. By the time the BIC National Conference rolls around, the 46th Parliament of Australia will have formed and the voter-elected PM will be invited to join us at the conference. 
View from Canberra 2019 April

In this edition we are again talking about our federal election primer. The May 18 election is coming up fast and it will be here before we know it. We need our voice, your voice, as an industry to be heard across the political spectrum so we have provided some ideas about what you can do as an operator or supplier.

We call on everyone to get on board with this campaign because ultimately the pollie you talk to today could very well be the one who in fact wins.

View from Canberra 2019 March Once upon a time it was believed that everyone would be driving their own cars in the future. It was soon obvious that there was a need for buses to transport people without cars and the governments become involved. Today, state and territory governments subsidise passenger fares and invest in the public transport network. The policy focus of every Australian government today is about how to encourage the use of alternatives for the car. The BIC National Conference will ask the hard questions about future bus business and the opportunities that are ready to be taken, so mark your diary to attend the Conference - November 17-20. 
View from Canberra 2019 February

This month we talk about the growing need for better public transport services in our cities and regions and with a federal election looming, we discuss a very straight forward 6 point Action plan that we’ve pulled together for the consideration of all of the political parties and candidates.

This federal election provides the opportunity for the next government of Australia to deliver a future “intergovernmental agreement” on moving people. This is why we call on the federal government to adopt our Fair Go Guarantee. 

View from Canberra 2019 January

In this edition of the View from Canberra we discuss the upcoming federal election. Whoever wins government in the next federal election, public transport and how we move people in our cities and regions will be on the policy and program agendas of the government.

The fact that Public Transport is on the political agenda at a federal level is a major achievement that operators and suppliers should be rightly proud to have achieved. 
View from Canberra 2018 November

This months View attempts to provide a definition of the carnival of politics. After the recent (most say, unexpected) land-slide result in the Victorian election, Michael Apps Executive Director of the BIC, is ready to tell a story of when the circus came to town and simply never left. It is a worthwhile read to get the political view from capital hill in Canberra.

View from Canberra 2018 October

In this edition we discuss some of the highlights of the very memorable 2018 Australasia Bus Conference that was held in sunny North Queensland. The attendance numbers of delegates, partners and children was absolutely remarkable. Between the great plenary focusing on future mobility, amazing speakers which included Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack and the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Tourism, Anthony Albanese and some of the best social events ever held, the all-round feedback from the conference was extremely positive.

We’ve announced that the 2019 Conference will be held in Canberra. Because we have a Federal election next year, there is no better time than now to hold a conference in our nation's capital. We have already started planning a great program and social events.

The Industry Census Survey has been extended as we need more responses to make it a worthwhile exercise. So if you haven’t completed the survey, simply jump online to participate in a once in a generation survey. 
View from Canberra 2018 September

In this month’s View we discuss how the Bus Australia Network is undertaking a national industry census and is asking all bus operators, big and small to participate so that we have a good snapshot of our industry.

All of the details from this survey are critical to explain to Government the important role we play, the value and contribution we make to the economy and our role as a part of the fabric of all Australian communities. The information will be the foundation of Industry advocacy efforts over the next decade. A comprehensive bus and coach industry census is well overdue with the last of its kind done way back in 2003. We are urging all bus and coach operators to participate.

View from Canberra 2018 August With the Australasia Bus Conference just around the corner we explain why the theme for 2018 is Moving People-Century 21. All the worries of the turnover to the year 2000 doesn’t seem all that long ago, but there has been a dramatic change over the last 18 years and today we are right in the middle of the biggest revolution in transport globally. With things changing so rapidly, everyone in the Industry could really benefit from attending the Australasia Bus Conference. The program is full of great speakers and content and as usual the networking and social events provide just as much learning value. 
View from Canberra 2018 July In this edition of the View from Canberra we discuss the changes happening all around us in regards to transport and mobility. Due to a range of megatrends things are changing very rapidly! This is why the BIC conference program is so focused once again on the “nearby” future because change is only just around the corner and your business will depend on being ready to adapt and be part of the delivery of a much wider range of mobility services. So get organised and join us in Cairns October 7-10. 
View from Canberra 2018 June In this month's View we discuss the National Industry Summits and the National Industry Dinner that were held in Canberra on June 27. We talk about the topics that were covered during the Summits as well as questions/topics that arose from the various presentations. The entire day was a huge success and was topped off by the Industry Dinner whereby the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Anthony Albanese Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Transport, Regional Development, Cities and Tourism and Senator Janet Rice the Greens spokesperson for Transport, all spoke. With over 200 in attendance, it was a truly great evening.
View from Canberra 2018 May (2) In this edition we discuss the importance of presence and participation. The whole concept of "presence", of being there, part of the discussion, is a solely human characteristic that cannot be replaced by technology, or anything other than participating in person.  

Presence is the sole of our community, the soul of your business and that is why BIC runs events like the Summits and BIC Conference. These events are about your presence and participation, about the opportunity available to you to contribute and be part of something bigger, to learn and grow yourself and your business.  

View from Canberra 2018 May (1) This month we are calling on bus operators to consider not buying the products of freeloaders'. For the purposes of this article, 'freeloaders' are defined as suppliers operating in the bus industry who reap the benefit of the industry work undertaken by BIC and by State Associations, without contributing to the success of the industry by way of membership support. The BIC also acknowledges that many suppliers have been long time supporters of the BIC, and believe it is time for operators to pay respect to this when making purchasing decisions for their business.
View from Canberra 2018 April In this edition we discuss the Inaugural Australasia Bus Conference being held in Cairns October 7-10.
This joint BIC and BCANZ Conference is all about leading the discussion with Industry, governments and the public. The conference is a part of ensuring the bus and coach industry is taking a leadership role as an industry as a whole and a leadership role as individual businesses - operator and supplier, to work with governments and thought leaders to understand our role in future mobility. An insight into the current program is also given in this edition.
View from Canberra 2018 March

The BIC has always voiced its strong belief that the federal government has a very important leadership and strategic role to play in the growth of our cities and regions, and we are now seeing all major political parties in Canberra are really paying attention. The most recent report coming out of Infrastructure Australia (IA) reflects very much the research and policy paper series that BIC has been presenting to all levels of government for more than a decade. This IA Report sends a dire warning about the thought bubble that personalised autonomous modules for transport is going to address the challenges of population growth and congestion — as we look to the current debate about Mobility as a Service(Maas), future mobility and new technology. The joint BIC and BCANZ Conference from Oct 7-10 in Cairns is themed "Moving People Century 21"  which will be about leading this discussion with Industry and staying ahead of the game.

View from Canberra 2018 February

With an election looming, BIC will be strongly focused on the development of important policy papers focused on regional development and connecting villages, towns, regions and cities and the economic value of getting passenger transport right and the future mobility task and the role of the Federal Government.

Registrations will be open soon for the Australian School Bus Summit and Coach Connections Summit and Industry Dinner - June 27.

In this edition we also discuss the 3rd 5 year review of disability standards for accessible public transport and Motor Scooter regulation.

View from Canberra 2018 January

In this month's View we discuss what we believe will be some of the biggest challenges the industry may face in 2018. Buses over 2.5m wide seems to be a big topic of discussion at the moment. The key issue is the level of road access that is going to be provided by State authorities for over width buses. Our read is that general access is highly unlikely (not going to happen) and some kind of controlled access on acceptable road networks might be considered. 

View from Canberra 2017 December In this edition of the View from Canberra, we recap the 2017 BIC Conference which was held in Hobart and was a huge success. With near perfect weather on most days, conference delegates attended the plenary sessions in unprecedented numbers and partners enjoyed a wonderful Tasmania experience. The social events were incredibly entertaining and the all-round feedback was very positive. Announced in Hobart was that in 2018 the BIC will join up with Bus and Coach Association NZ for a joint event in Cairns from October 7 to 10. We also take a look at the year ahead.
View from Canberra 2017 November

The policy focus of BIC has been to highlight how buses are part of the solution to the challenges that face our cities and regions and to work toward a nation that no longer sees the car as essential and sees other mobility options as a real choice. In the last few weeks we have seen a significant recognition of the work that BIC has been undertaking that will make a long term difference to every bus business in Australia. This relates to announcements made by the NSW government. Announcements that we will be hearing from all states and territories going forward I believe. Announcements that very much reflect everything BIC has been advocating for over the past decade and better still endorsed by the Federal government.

View from Canberra 2017 October

This month's View provides interesting commentary on the state of ITS (intelligent transport systems), connectivity of technologies and mobility as a service and its PT impact. With the recent decision from Transport for London not to renew Uber's licence, it is evident that Uber is in fact not a transport operator and there is more to the transport task than connecting a service with a passenger.

View from Canberra 2017 September

The BIC has recently made a submission into the future of our cities and regions and the Federal Governments role that focusses on the importance of how we move people in the future to ensure our cities and regions continue to be productive and livable.

Australia’s cities are the envy of many internationally for their livability. However, we could be doing better in terms of long term goal achievement related to population growth and land use transport system performance.

View from Canberra 2017 August

BIC announces vital NHVR funding into road safety initiatives for the bus and coach industry.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has become a part of the bus industry’s operational reality over the last few years. The BIC has worked closely with NHVR since its establishment, more often than not making sure they understand the difference between truck operations and bus operations. Sal Petroccitto, the CEO, has been a great supporter of BIC and having his people think about the key difference between the task that trucks (freight) and buses (walking and talking freight) undertake.

View from Canberra 2017 July

In this edition of the View from Canberra, we take a look at future transport services - what and where will the bus industry be.

The bus industry is already involved in the changing passenger task. As an industry we are already providing real time information to passengers, electronic timetables on their phones and WIFI on buses. Industry is already in a mode of transformational change. This is going to continue as we move into a different marketplace and business models that will offer a variety of transport options for travellers to get from A to B. PT will be a central plank of future mobility.

View from Canberra 2017 June

Read BIC's response to Infrastructure Australia's new report released on 26 May 2017, titled Improving Public Transport – Customer Focused Franchising.  The Report primarily focusses on the ''franchising'' of government owned rail and bus networks in Australia’s largest cities on a periodic basis:- “The private operation of public transport through time limited exclusive franchises”.

The Report argues that “the national government has a direct interest in more efficient transport service delivery and this direct interest represents a strong case for the federal government to incentivise the states and territories to embark upon reform under the Customer Focused Transport Model.”

View from Canberra 2017 May Bus and public transportation is a service. As part of the fabric of the multi modal transportation services, Industry will soon be subjected to passenger choices, needs and requirements to access transportation services through phone applications. Mobility as a Service or MaaS is uncharted waters for the Industry.
View from Canberra 2017 April As a result of the discussions concerning autonomous vehicles during the BIC Conference in 2016, a workshop was held on March 6 by the National Transport Commission  to continue the conversation. As always the industry is taking the initiative in leading these discussions to contribute to the efforts to shape the future of public transportation. 
View from Canberra 2017 March

Recap of a successful Summit and Industry Dinner. The presence of political leaders and their acknowledgements and ongoing support for the industry is important in recognising the crucial role that the industry contribute to key policies. Three key points were emphasised:

  • Retention of heavy vehicle manufacturing skills
  • Federal Government need to reform industrial relations laws
  • Future of our cities and regions and how we will move people.
View from Canberra 2017 February A strong focus of the 2016 Conference was to look ahead to the future with challenges pose by ride sharing services such as Uber, and the reshaping of public transportation due to 'on demand' services. Driverless and autonomous vehicles were also on the agenda as it affects the future of the delivery of public transportation services by buses. At the Conference, the BIC called for the National Transport Commission to form a Bus Futures Working Group, to analyse issues and provide input. The National Transport Commission on 6 March will provide a platform to further advocate for the creation of the Futures Working Group.  
View from Canberra 2017 January Overview of BIC events in 2017. National Industrial Relations Seminar and the National Technical and Suppliers Summit will take place in Canberra on 28 February. It will conclude with an Industry Dinner that will have the attendance of a cross-section of Federal Members and Senators. BIC Council meeting will be held on 1 March 2017. BIC National Conference will be held in Hobart from 12-15 November 2017.

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