As­so­ci­a­tions join forces for greater col­lab­o­ra­tion

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The Bus As­so­ci­a­tion Vic­to­ria (BusVic) and the Bus and Coach As­so­ci­a­tion SA (Bus SA) re­cently signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing that brings the two or­gan­i­sa­tions closer to­gether in their col­lec­tive aim to sup­port the de­liv­ery of mo­bil­ity op­tions in south east­ern Aus­tralia.

Both as­so­ci­a­tions sup­port pri­vate bus op­er­a­tor busi­nesses that pro­vide the back­bone of school, route and in­ter­city ser­vices, as well as un­der­take tour and char­ter ac­tiv­i­ties through­out Aus­tralia.

The agree­ment is fo­cused on find­ing ef­fi­cien­cies in back-of-house func­tions and work­ing to­gether more closely on achiev­ing pol­icy out­comes that lead to the de­liv­ery of safe and qual­ity ser­vices for trav­ellers in each and be­tween each state.

BusVic ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Chris Lowe says the agree­ment en­ables both or­gan­i­sa­tions to work closely to­gether in good faith on as many is­sues as pos­si­ble in or­der to se­cure the pro­vi­sion of ex­panded or en­hanced ser­vices to mem­bers of our re­spec­tive as­so­ci­a­tions.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion will help fa­cil­i­tate the achieve­ment of both scale economies and bet­ter out­comes for mem­bers of our two or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he says.

Bus SA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lau­ran Huefner agrees say­ing closer ties be­tween both or­gan­i­sa­tions will help the pro­cesses of shar­ing knowl­edge and op­por­tu­ni­ties bet­ter than ever be­fore, and ce­ment com­mon goals for our mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

“In our view this will lead to bet­ter out­comes for all stake­hold­ers,” he says.

This agree­ment is the first of its kind in Aus­tralia and both Lowe and Huefner hope that it will lead to sim­i­lar agree­ments with other in­dus­try bodies seek­ing sim­i­lar out­comes in a rapidly di­ver­si­fy­ing mo­bil­ity sec­tor.

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