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eBulletin | February 2024 | An engaging year before us…

Over recent months, our members have hopefully noticed that we have been more actively engaging with them on a broad range of topics. Of course, the National Industry Conference is our major engagement activity, but we have also been touching base in other ways… Our regular member surveys ensure that the information and advice we provide to government on policy and regulatory changes accurately reflects the realities for the industries. We held several roundtables in mid- to late-2023 to help inform our submissions and discussions with the NSW Bus Industry Taskforce. These provided a goldmine of information that we draw

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eBulletin | January 2024 | Welcome

As we embark on a brand-new year at the Bus Industry Confederation it is becoming obvious that we are in for an even busier year than last year. The first week back from the festive season break saw us ramp our advocacy campaign ‘industry in crisis’ but refocus its call to ensure that the bus and coach industry receives the same consideration from the Australian and state and territory governments as the rail industry does. Over $12 million was set aside in last years Federal Budget to establish an Office of National Rail Industry Coordination (ONRIC)‘, who work with the

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Bus Safety Initiatives Paper

On 28 August 2023, the BIC presented a Bus Safety Initiatives Paper at a Bus Safety Ministerial Roundtable hosted by Senator Carol Brown – Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The Paper provides 8 key recommendations to further enhance bus safety – the vehicle, the passenger and other road users. Download the Paper. The Paper broadly captures 3 main outcomes: Uptake of new technologies Educate the community about bus safety through national campaigns Enhance the ability to background check drivers. Key recommendations include: Adoption of Event Data Loggers (for event investigations purposes) into new vehicles in alignment with European regulations and

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View from Canberra – July 2022

The 2022 federal election results are final and the 47th Parliament has been voted in by Australians. There is a diverse mix of seats in both the lower and upper houses. In this column we take a closer look at the politics and pollies likely to effect the bus industry in this term of government. The BIC will continue with a full advocacy program that will focus on ensuring a safe and sustainable transition to zero emission buses and addressing skills and workforce shortages. Other areas of focus include removing barriers to local manufacturing and innovation, minimising the negative impacts

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View from Canberra – June 2022

Recruitment and retention in the bus and coach industry The biggest issue confronting all industries across the country and no less the bus and coach industry, is recruitment and retention. Maintaining a capable workforce at all levels (whether in bus operations or manufacturing), is increasingly becoming difficult especially whilst the industry also grapples with the transition to zero emissions. What the industry faces today is: a shortage of drivers and manufacturing workers a limited pool of bus and coach drivers and apprentices coming into the industry as unemployment is at an all-time low a greater demand for secure work  a

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View from Canberra – May 2022

Where are all the passengers? In last month’s column we looked at the bus-stats over a 2-year analysis of what is on our roads today. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there has been a 5% drop in the number of registered buses and coaches on our roads from January 2019 to January 2021. We also found in our research that coach builders suffered a dramatic downturn in new coach deliveries – 74% since 2019. New route buses were also down by 30% whilst new school and charter buses remained ‘relatively’ stable. There is no doubt that trends in

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View from Canberra – April 2022

Where are all the buses? In the April edition of the View from Canberra, we discuss the economic vibrancy of Australia and take a look at some of the stats of industry, comparing where we were in 2019 and where we landed in 2021.A few of the states/territories are coming up to some significant fleet replacement milestones and this should see increased demand for buses for the route and school sectors. The question is – how will all this fit with the future procurement of ZEB in this decade and through to 2050? The bus industry will likely experience market

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View from Canberra – March 2022

What are we doing about ‘zero’? The past several months has seen escalated ‘disruption’ in our industry by the various announcements coming out of state/territory governments in their mission to reach for ‘zero’ – some as early as 2030. From a politician’s perspective, it is obviously a no-brainer that public transport will be the first (and easiest?) transport mode on which governments can hang their caps. The bus industry has an outstanding record as early adopters of ‘green’ technology; and yet we are the smallest fleet on the road compared with cars and trucks, we have the lowest per passenger

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View from Canberra – January 2022

In this edition, we take a look at what industrial relations changes are we likely to be canvassed in the upcoming federal election. It is still a few months away from the next federal election, but the ALP Opposition is clearly focused on industrial relations policy, as a key election issue. The ALP claims that it is on the side of workers and that workers will benefit from more job security, better pay and a fairer industrial relations system under an Albanese Government – if elected. The coalition government are yet to respond to the ALPs announcements or provide any

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