2018 BUS AND COACH IN­DUS­TRY CEN­SUS NOW LIVE

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FIF­TEEN YEARS AF­TER the last ma­jor bus in­dus­try cen­sus, Bus Aus­tralia Net­work (BAN) has launched the lat­est at­tempt to gar­ner a cur­rent snap­shot of the scene, and all Aus­tralian bus and coach op­er­a­tors are ac­tively en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate, re­ports the Bus In­dus­try Con­fed­er­a­tion (BIC), re­cently.

This in­dus­try “cen­sus” is not un­like the Aus­tralian Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus un­der­taken by every Aus­tralian house­hold once every five years, it’s stated.

A com­pre­hen­sive bus and coach in­dus­try cen­sus is well over­due, ac­cord­ing to BAN. The last at­tempt of a na­tional sur­vey of this kind was un­der­taken in 2003 by the In­sti­tute of Trans­port and Lo­gis­tics Stud­ies at The Univer­sity of Syd­ney.

This 2018 Cen­sus in­tends to be a more com­pre­hen­sive study of where we are at as a whole in In­dus­try and our con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian econ­omy, it’s stated.

BAN urges all bus and coach op­er­a­tors to par­tic­i­pate. You do not need to be a mem­ber of any as­so­ci­a­tion; all you need is ac­cess to a com­puter and the in­ter­net or hand­held de­vice/smart phone, to an­swer some key ques­tions about fleet sizes, ser­vices provided, and em­ploy­ment ar­range­ments, or­gan­is­ers state.

“It does not mat­ter if you are a one-bus op­er­a­tor or a 1,000-bus op­er­a­tor. We need ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate.”

MAS­SIVE MAG­NI­TUDE

With the na­tional sur­vey of bus and coach op­er­a­tors un­der­way, the Bus In­dus­try Con­fed­er­a­tion is un­der­tak­ing the sur­vey and is seek­ing the sup­port of bus and coach op­er­a­tors to com­plete it.

“This a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion sur­vey to take a snap­shot of the in­dus­try and that is why I am calling it a Na­tional In­dus­try Cen­sus,” said Michael Apps, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the BIC. “We want to get a com­plete pic­ture of the size of the in­dus­try, num­ber of ve­hi­cles, num­bers em­ployed. Facts and fig­ures, sta­tis­tics and trends are vi­tally im­por­tant to tell a story about the bus and coach in­dus­try and as­sist with the in­dus­try ad­vo­cacy ef­forts with all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

NEED TO KNOW

If you are a bus and coach op­er­a­tor you can ac­cess the sur­vey at http://oze­bus.lime­query.com/882137?lang=en.

At the time of print, the sur­vey was to close late Septem­ber, or­gan­is­ers say, so op­er­a­tors are en­cour­aged to “play your part and take the time to com­plete the in­dus­try cen­sus,”.

The in­for­ma­tion will pro­vide a crit­i­cal map of trends re­lat­ing to bus and coach fleets and ser­vices, and em­ploy­ment over the past 15 years. This cen­sus will pro­vide in­sights about in­dus­try and its con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian econ­omy, says BAN.

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