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The Commonwealth is made up of a vast web of committees and organisations that are a vital part of the BIC being able to put the bus and coach industry National Agenda onto the Commonwealth Agenda. The BIC corresponds and meets with Commonwealth departments and jurisdictions and is also very active as an industry representative on a number of transport and planning related committees and groups:
APTNAC – Australian Passenger Transport National Advisory Committee
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator – NHVR – Bus Industry Taskforce
National Transport Commission – Bus Industry Advisory Group
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism – Transport Access Working Group
Infrastructure Australia – National Public Transport Strategy Steering Committee
The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport assists the Government to promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure and by fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system.
The Department provides policy advice, programs and regulation across a wide range of areas including:
The Department oversees the following units and programs which have an impact on the Australian bus and coach industry
The Major Cities Unit within the Department of Infrastructure and Transport focuses on the eighteen major cities in Australia with populations over 100 000 people.
It oversees the implementation of the Australian Government's National Urban Policy and produces the annual State of Australian Cities Report.
The BIC regularly deals with Infrastructure Australia in promoting Bus Rapid Transit and investment in bus infrastructure as an option for improving public transport in our cities.
Infrastructure Australia advises governments, investors and infrastructure owners on a wide range of issues. These include:
Infrastructure Australia's focus is on assisting Australian governments to develop a strategic blueprint for unlocking infrastructure bottlenecks and to modernise the nation's economic infrastructure.
Infrastructure Australia reports regularly to the Council of Australian Governments through the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Infrastructure Australia has the primary function of providing advice to the Minister, Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments, investors in infrastructure and owners of infrastructure on matters relating to infrastructure, including in relation to the following:
The Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) (formerly known as the Australian Transport Council) was established in September 2011 and brings together Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers with responsibility for transport and infrastructure issues, as well as the Australian Local Government Association.
SCOTI is advised and assisted by the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) on all non-infrastructure priorities, and the Infrastructure Working Group providing advice and guidance on the coordination of infrastructure planning and investment, across governments and the private sector.
The Transport and Senior Infrastructure Officials Committee (TISOC), formerly known as the Standing Committee on Transport, brings together Senior Officials from Transport, Planning and Infrastructure Departments across jurisdictions.
TISOC provides advice to the Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure on all non-infrastructure priorities including regulatory harmonisation.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. COAG comprises the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA). The then Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed to establish COAG in May 1992. It first met in December 1992. The Prime Minister chairs COAG. The COAG Secretariat is located within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The role of COAG is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian governments (for example, health, education and training, Indigenous reform, early childhood development, housing, microeconomic reform, climate change and energy, water reform and natural disaster arrangements). Issues may arise from, among other things: Ministerial Council deliberations; international treaties which affect the States and Territories; or major initiatives of one government (particularly the Australian Government) which impact on other governments or require the cooperation of other governments.
COAG has delivered several measures which impact on BIC’s Moving People strategy the most important of these are the COAG Criteria for Capital City Strategic Planning Systems and the COAG Reform Council’s report on whether cities are meeting these criteria.
COAG Criteria for Capital City Strategic Planning Systems
These criteria were agreed to by COAG in 2009 the criteria provide the platform to re-shape our capital cities. The criteria will ensure our cities have strong, transparent and long-term plans in place to manage population and economic growth; plans which will address climate change, improve housing affordability and tackle urban congestion. They will also:
Following the agreement of the criteria the COAG Reform Council was tasked with assessing the strategic planning systems of Australia’s capital cities against these criteria.
COAG Reform Council Review of Capital City Strategic Planning Systems
The review was conducted through 2010 and 2011 in consultation with governments and the Expert Advisory Panel. The council submitted its final report on cities, Review of capital city strategic planning systems, to COAG on 23 December 2011 and will release the report publicly on 2 April 2012.
In this landmark review we found that governments need to do more to plan better for economic development, land use and infrastructure in our cities. The report shows both strengths and weaknesses in each capital city planning system. We found that while governments have shown strong commitment to improve their planning systems, none of their systems are entirely consistent with COAG’s agreed criteria to re-shape our capital cities.
The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors has a history of over 40 years. The origins of the organisation date back to 1957 when the Lord Mayors, meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall, agreed that a Capital Cities Exchange Bureau be established. Before that, meetings of Lord Mayors were on an ad hoc basis. The BIC regularly corresponds and meets with Capital City Lord Mayors to promote our Moving People agenda.
The recently established Urban Policy Forum brings together experts from across all levels of government as well as industry and academia, including the former South Australian Premier Mike Rann, former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe AO, current head of the Local Government Association Genia McCaffery, and the Deputy Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia Maria Tarrant.
To be chaired by the Secretary of my Department Mike Mrdak, its central role will be to advise the Government on the implementation of the Commonwealth Government’s National Urban Policy.
Many of the representatives on the Urban Policy Forum are involved in the Moving People 2030 Taskforce being led by the BIC.
The BIC is a lead organisation in the Moving People Taskforce. The taskforce has been announced to develop a plan for Australia’s future based on better planning, better land use management and better transport systems.
Moving People 2030 will be presented later this year and will outline the Taskforce's vision for our transport system in 2030 and a roadmap on how we get there. Go to our Moving People 2030 Taskforce for more information.