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BIC National Bulletin | January 2024

x       Welcome to 2024 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’… [continue reading >>] Editorial by Roz Chivers | Executive Director | Bus Industry Confederation         TECHNICAL     More ADR changes being proposed The Federal Government is increasing its focus on standards for vehicles, with four Australian Design rules coming in for review. These include: AVAS

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BIC National Bulletin – August 2023

  Message from the Executive Director August seems to have been safety month for the BIC team. We worked hard to ensure that the Ministerial Roundtable on Bus Safety would be a success and all attendees from the bus and coach industry were comfortable representing our great industry at such a vital forum.  The BIC held a pre-Roundtable meeting with participants to walk them through the BIC’s newly developed Bus Safety Initiatives Paper. Feedback from the Ministerial Roundtable has been excellent and we look forward to working with governments and other stakeholders to progress a range of initiatives. We also

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BIC National Bulletin – July 2023

BIC e-Bulletin July 2023   Message from the Executive Director Bus and coach services are attracting a lot of attention with the extensive media coverage associated with the Greta crash. If you follow NSW news, you would also be aware of the NSW Bus Industry Taskforce appointed by the Minns Government to determine how to deliver more efficient and reliable services and make recommendations to the Government on how to address so called “bus operators’ performance issues”. Whilst public transport is primarily a state and territory government issue where each state does things a little differently, it is well knownthat

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BIC National e-Bulletin – June 2023

BIC National e-Bulletin – June 2023  Message from the Executive Director It has been a difficult few months for the bus industry as we deal with a series of tragic accidents that have impacted the lives of many, both within the industry and across the wider community. Our deepest condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those who have been killed and those who have been injured in several crashes involving buses and coaches, particular the horrific Hunter Valley Bus Crash. We express our gratitude to the emergency services and first responders on the scenes of these accidents

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BIC National e-Bulletin – May 2023

BIC e-Bulletin May 2023   Message from the Executive Director Collaboration and constructive advocacy are core to the Bus Industry Confederation’s success in representing this wonderful industry.  This month our advocacy has paid off with the Australian Government announcing funding in the budget for a Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Roadmap and Action Plan.  We have been advocating for this for the past couple of years and it is great that the relevant Ministers and bureaucrats have taken notice.  We have been collaborating with the Australian Manufacturer Workers Union (AMWU) in our efforts to address the crisis facing some of

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BIC National e-Bulletin – April 2023

Home     Message from the Executive Director It has been an incredibly busy month at the BIC Secretariat. We have been hard at work locking in venues and dates for the National Industry Conference and the new trade exhibition – the National Bus and Coach Show 2024.   The National Conference is being held in Adelaide from October 29 to 1 November this year and the Bus and Coach Show takes us to Brisbane in September 2024. We have been continuing our strong advocacy on behalf of suppliers who are facing unprecedented pressure due to hyperinflation, skills shortage, supply

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BIC National e-Bulletin – March 2023

Home   Message from the Executive Director One of the highlights of the National Industry Summit was the Women in the Bus Industry Panel at the end of day one.  The panel, which included Rachel Spencer from Transdev John Holland, Sarah Forbes from Volvo Buses APAC, Leanne Griffith from Red Bus Services and Katrina McLachlan a bus driver for Action Buses, canvassed a broad range of issues. The recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in the industry was a key issue but the conversation quickly became more inclusive as panelist spoke about the importance of diversity not only in gender

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BIC National e-Bulletin – February 2023

Home   Message from the Executive Director I am pleased to report that the recent BIC Suppliers group meeting held on 14 February 2023 was a great success. One of the key topics discussed during the meeting was the “Cost Price Squeeze” which has been affecting our industry. With the CPI at 6.2% (20-year average of 2.7%), producer prices rising and capped priced contracts, it is important that we address this issue as a group to ensure industry sustainability. The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to discuss potential solutions to address the cost price squeeze. A number of potential

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BIC National e-Bulletin – January 2023

Home We hope you have had a refreshing, safe and happy break over the festive season. 2023 is shaping up to be a big year and we are excited to continue advocating and driving sustainable and realistic change for the bus and coach industry. Registrations are now open for the Bus Industry Summit 2023, early bird accommodation discounts apply so get in quick! We have recently circulated information to our members about the Bus Industry Summit 2023 sponsor opportunities. If you would like more information please email us at events@bic.asn.au or visit our website. Industry Advocacy Kicking off 2023, we made

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BIC National e-Bulletin – Nov/Dec 2022

Home In this Christmas edition of the BIC Bulletin, we showcase highlights from the 2022 BIC National Conference, recognise the fantastic contributors to the auction bus and congratulate the successful bidder and remind members the 2022 BIC National Conference survey is open. We say farewell to one of the long-standing members of the BIC team, announce the BIC Council election results and provide updates on the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting and the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review. Farewell and Goodluck From everyone here at the BIC we would like to give a special thanks to Madonna Woodhead. This week

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