Associations join forces for greater collaboration
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.