2018 BUS AND COACH INDUSTRY CENSUS NOW LIVE
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.”
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.