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Past BIC National Summits and BIC National Conferences

2019 BIC National Conference on Moving People - A National Priority

The BIC National Conference on Moving People - A National Priority, was held in Canberra on 17-20 November 2019, and fittingly so, to be located in the political arena, as the conference this year contained a high level of political, policy and business focus.

The conference was attended by 430 delegates from 140 organisations including local, state and national government officials, and 41 partners were on board to maximise the conference content. Highlights of the conference included the announcement of the 2019 national awards. Congratulations to Rob Wright of Moreland Bus Lines for your Achiever of the Year Award and CDC NSW for the National Safety Award, presented to Mark Harbridge.

With speakers, chairs and panelists presenting over the 3 days, key messages and importantly a part of BIC’s ongoing advocacy work program is that passenger transport services have to deliver more than a mobility outcome. Objectives include economic growth, congestion management, improved environmental outcomes, social inclusion, energy security, improved road safety and personal health outcomes. Mass transit will be the spine of future mobility connecting our cities, regions and towns.


2018 Australasia Bus Conference

The key take outs from the conference were that we are in era of technological change and business needs to adapt and move with the times and not fear this change. Buses will play a key role in future mobility.

That autonomous anxiety created by some in the future transport space is not worth the stress and as an industry we need to embrace new technology and prepare for change.

The possible changing face of the labour force due to new technology is about preparation of the business and employees for new roles and new approaches to how we work and this needs to be based around re-skilling and re-training.


New types of services may emerge but at the core of future mobility will be mass transit as the spine to city and regional centre transport networks. Low volume markets and social inclusion will continue to see a significant role for Governments to ensure everyone has access to passenger transport services if they don’t own a car or cannot afford new mobility options.

Bus operators have an opportunity to better engage with local councils in cities and regions to influence better transport and service planning in greenfield and brownfield developments, especially in the context of increasing populations, urban sprawl, urban densification and decentralization to regional areas.




2018 Australian Industry Summits 

The first Australian Travel to Learn and School Bus Summit was held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on June 27 and ran parallel with the second National Coach Connections Summit. Both Summits attracted 213 delegates from a broad spectrum of Industry including operators, suppliers and manufacturers, various agencies/bureaucrats. The largest representation by region was from Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, followed closely by the ACT and New Zealand.  

2017 BIC National Conference, Hobart

The National Annual Conference in 2017 included 2.5 days of plenary with 6 block-buster sessions:


2017 National Coach Connections Summit

The first National Coach Summit saw over 100 delegates, a larger majority being coach operators (90%), who met in Adelaide on June 16 to discuss the development of a strategic advocacy plan for the sector that would have the aim of doubling the mode share of the coach sector by 2027. The Coach sector competes with airlines, rail, car and self-drive, ferries and other local transport providers in a passenger transport market that generates billions of dollars annually to the Australian economy.

2016 BIC National Conference, Perth

The theme for the 2016 National Conference was “Moving People – Shaping our Cities and Regions” A general consensus from the Conference is that mass transit will continue to be provided and buses will continue to have a major contribution to play where there are no railway routes. The conference provided a platform for discussion about the future of regional, rural and remote passenger transport. Challengers such as Uber only provide solutions for urban transport, and regional solutions do not yet exist. Governments will continue uphold their obligations that is the foundation for providing mass and social transit services.

2015 BIC National Conference, Singapore

The theme for the 2015 National Conference was Moving People - Connecting Neighbourhoods. Convening in Singapore gave us the opportunity to embark on a learning exchange program on how we go about the business of moving people and how we connect our neighbourhoods.

2014 Australasia Conference & Expo, Gold Coast

The first ever State and National combined conference and exhibition debuted as the Australasia Bus and Coach Conference & Expo. The Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) and the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) hosted delegates from around the world at the Gold Coast.

2013 BIC National Conference, Adelaide

The theme for the 2013 National Conference was Moving People - Solutions for a liveable Australia. Each sessions over to course of the conference focussed on the main theme and aligned with the current BIC research, policy focus and work program.

2012 BIC National Conference, Canberra

The theme for the 2012 National Conference was Moving People - Action Now. The program for the 2012 Conference reflected on three key objectives, a call to action for the Federal Government, a time for us to unify as an industry and a chance to continue work started in progressing the Industry forward from the previous conference in Fiji.


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