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As a part of the BIC's activities in developing policy platforms for Moving People, we have developed a large library of research and studies across a whole range of industry related issues and challenges. As these research papers at times are vast and very specific we have cateogrised generally into the following areas:
The BIC runs a Research Fellowship program at the Institute of Transport & Logistics Studies (University of Sydney), which has generated our last two Moving People policy reports: Moving People - Solutions for a Growing Australia and Solutions for a Liveable Australia. These reports can be accessed from our Policies page.
General BIC Research Objective
Recognising the vital importance to Australia of developing a sustainable land transport system, BIC’s research program will provide the intellectual foundation for development of Australian bus services that:
It will pursue this objective through broadly supporting the capacity for public transport/bus related research in Australia and targeting specific research priorities likely to produce substantial benefits within the next five years.
Swinburne University is taking on a significant research project with BIC Member - Pitcher Partners: Family Business Succession Research. The Research is expected to conclude at the end of 2013. The motivation for producing this research is that it is forecast that family businesses valuing $3.5 trillion will change hands over the next decade. Couple this with the fact that over 75% of Australian businesses have no exit strategies or succession planning in place, puts a lot of pressure on businesses to remain sustainable and profitable.
The qualitative phase of the research concluded in 2012 and data suggests:
BIC encourages family businesses (owners as well as other family members) operating in the bus and coach industry to participate in the last phase of this research project - the quantitative phase. The Survey only takes 15 minutes to complete and will be open until mid April 2013 with results being available to conference delegates at the BIC conference in October - Adelaide.