Welcome to the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) and its industrial arm, the Australian Public Transport Industrial Association (APTIA), representing the interests of the bus and coach industry in Australia.

Our members are bus operators, bus manufacturers and parts and service suppliers to the industry.
We represent the interests of our members to government and the community on a range of issues, from technical vehicle- and parts-based issues, to the broader challenge of meeting the growing passenger transport task and providing Australian commuters with a genuine alternative to the car.

APTIA represents and assists in negotiations relating to the settlement of disputes between members and their employees, and promotes and protects the interests of employers within the passenger transport industry.

What we do

Advocacy and action

Two critical outcomes that the BIC seeks for Industry are:

  • government investment in passenger transport,
  • protecting the interests of operator, manufacturer and supplier businesses.

Government investment in increasing passenger transport means more buses and coaches on the road, more bus services and more patronage. Government investment in moving people will improve the profitability and viability of all businesses in the supply and operational chain of the bus and coach industry.

The BIC actively works with all levels of governments – federal, state, territory and local – at both a political and regulatory level, to protect the interests of businesses in the bus and coach industry.

Preparing for the future

The BIC undertakes research and development initiatives to assist in the growth and prosperity of its members’ businesses and the bus and coach industry as a whole. Our research and policy program covers many areas including: cities and congestion, taxes, energy security, safety, health, social inclusion, bus rapid transit, fuel, zero-emissions and future technology.

The BIC engages with leading think tanks, academics and institutions around the world to help prepare the bus and coach industry for a sustainable and viable future.

Regulations and reform

The BIC works closely with federal and state governments to identify efficiencies in transport regulation that may benefit the bus and coach industry and the communities in cities and regions around Australia.

Our programs and initiatives

The BIC actively represents Industry in a number of programs and initiatives including:

  • The Federal Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities
  • Cities Reference Group, Australian Government
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Tourism Taskforce
  • National Accessible Passenger Transport Advisory (NAPTAC) Committee
  • National Accessible Transport Taskforce (NATT)
  • Federal Government Strategic Vehicle Standards and Environment Group (SVSEG)
  • Federal Government Technical Liaison Group (TLG)
  • Transport and Logistics Industry Skills and Training
  • National Accreditation Working Group (NHVR)
  • National MaaS Reference Committee.

The BIC participates in these programs and initiatives in order to:

  • represent the business interests of the bus and coach industry
  • promote the use of buses and coaches
  • encourage funding and investment
  • promote the contribution made by the bus and coach industry to Australia’s economy, society and the environment
  • ensure that the bus and coach industry is treated as a separate entity within the National Heavy Vehicle Law.