The two–day 2017 BusNSW Mem­ber Con­fer­ence kicks off on April 20

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The two– day 2017 BusNSW Mem­ber Con­fer­ence kicks off on April 20 at the Crowne Plaza in Ter­ri­gal in re­gional New South Wales.

BusNSW ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Darryl Mel­lish says he is ex­pect­ing more than 200 del­e­gates to at­tend the con­fer­ence which will fo­cus on a theme of ‘stay­ing ahead of the game’ and the need for the in­dus­try to achieve progress de­spite po­ten­tial dis­rup­tion from emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy and the rise of the shar­ing econ­omy.

“The con­fer­ence pro­vides op­er­a­tors, gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and in­dus­try sup­pli­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand their knowl­edge on cur­rent is­sues and in­dus­try re­forms in the pipe­line,” he says.

The con­fer­ence will com­mence with a Bus Op­er­a­tor Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Scheme (BOAS) au­dit and in­ci­dent man­age­ment re­fresher work­shop on day one.

“This work­shop is a must for ac­cred­ited op­er­a­tors in­volved with reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger ser­vices and long dis­tance, tourist and char­ter ser­vices,” Mel­lish says.

Day two of the con­fer­ence pro­gram will fea­ture a NSW Gov­ern­ment ad­dress from Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture An­drew Con­stance, and the pre­sen­ta­tion of a key BusNSW in­dus­try re­port.

“Min­is­ter Con­stance has per­formed very well and we are pleased he main­tained the Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture port­fo­lio fol­low­ing the re­cent cabi­net reshuf­fle,” Mel­lish says.

“We are also pleased that Trans­port for NSW Ser­vice De­liv­ery & Per­for­mance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Karaboulis has agreed to speak on a range of mat­ters in­clud­ing con­tract set­tings.”

Other top­ics to be pre­sented dur­ing the con­fer­ence will in­clude Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices (RMS) com­pli­ance and an ex­pla­na­tion of the com­plex reg­u­la­tory is­sues fac­ing the bus and coach in­dus­try. There will be an open dis­cus­sion on point-to­point trans­port, and what the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of such ser­vices might mean for the NSW bus in­dus­try.

A broader dis­cus­sion on the topic of where ve­hi­cle and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy is headed should also bring about some in­ter­est­ing de­bate.

The Fri­day even­ing con­fer­ence din­ner will take place in the Grand Ball­room, and a black and white dress theme will pro­vide del­e­gates with an ideal op­por­tu­nity to re­lax and net­work. More in­for­ma­tion and registration de­tails for this event can be found on the BusNSW web­site.

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