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The Bus Aus­tralia net­work’s cen­sus of bus and coach op­er­a­tors is in­valu­able to un­der­stand the cur­rent state of the in­dus­try – so join in and help us build the facts we need

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Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michael Apps ex­tends the bus in­dus­try cen­sus and sur­veys deadline and again en­cour­ages all in­volved to have a go at fill­ing it out. Come on, let’s do this thingy.

As you must be aware by now a na­tional cen­sus of bus and coach op­er­a­tors is un­der­way. The Bus Aus­tralia Net­work is un­der­tak­ing a na­tional in­dus­try cen­sus and is ask­ing all bus op­er­a­tors, big and small, to com­plete the sur­vey.

Re­sponses have been rel­a­tively slow so we are ex­tend­ing the cen­sus in­def­i­nitely for you to com­plete. As with many web ap­pli­ca­tions, we can­not 100 per cent guar­an­tee that the on­line sur­vey will be en­tirely com­pat­i­ble with your browser or javascript ver­sions or de­vice soft­ware. If you ex­pe­ri­ence a tech­ni­cal is­sue that im­pedes the com­ple­tion of the on­line sur­vey, please email en­quiries@bic.asn.au to re­ceive a sur­vey form in ei­ther Word or pdf for­mat (surely the pen can­not fail!).

This is very im­por­tant for BIC and state as­so­ci­a­tions to have a good idea of what the in­dus­try looks like to­day – fleet size, em­ploy­ees, buses and coaches man­u­fac­tured here or im­ported. All of these de­tails are crit­i­cal to ex­plain to gov­ern­ment the im­por­tant role we play, the value and con­tri­bu­tion we make to the economy and our role as a part of the fab­ric of all Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties.

The in­for­ma­tion will be the foun­da­tion of in­dus­try ad­vo­cacy ef­forts over the next decade. You can’t tell a story without the facts and the de­tail. This sur­vey is about the bus and coach in­dus­try story that we need to tell to all lev­els of gov­ern­ment and gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

This in­dus­try ‘cen­sus’ is not un­like the Aus­tralian Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus un­der­taken by every Aus­tralian house­hold once every five years. A com­pre­hen­sive bus and coach in­dus­try cen­sus is well over­due. 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 an in­dus­try.

I urge 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 a hand­held de­vice/smart phone, to an­swer some key ques­tions about fleet sizes, ser­vices pro­vided and em­ploy­ment ar­range­ments.

It does not mat­ter if you are a one-bus op­er­a­tor or a 1,000-bus op­er­a­tor. We need ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate. As in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses you might feel we are a small in­dus­try, but as a com­bined unit of bus and coach op­er­a­tors from around Aus­tralia, as chas­sis and body man­u­fac­tur­ers, as fully built bus man­u­fac­tur­ers and im­porters, as air con sup­pli­ers and seat man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­sur­ers and fi­nanciers, we are a big in­dus­try. A big in­dus­try that pretty much touches every Aus­tralian fam­ily in some way every day of the year. This is the story we need to tell and this na­tional in­dus­try cen­sus is the tool to let us craft that story.

The BIC has un­der­taken a sep­a­rate sur­vey of bus man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers in the in­dus­try. When all sur­veys are com­pleted, we will be able to pro­vide a clear pic­ture – a snap shot of in­dus­try as a whole. The sur­vey was to close on Septem­ber 18, 2018 but as I men­tioned above we have ex­tended it in­def­i­nitely until we reach 1000-plus re­sponses.

This is a once in a gen­er­a­tion sur­vey, it is not com­pul­sory but it is bloody im­por­tant that every bus and coach busi­ness in Aus­tralia par­tic­i­pates and takes the time to com­plete it.

I have called this sur­vey an in­dus­try cen­sus be­cause I want op­er­a­tors to take this se­ri­ously and make it al­most com­pul­sory. In fact it is com­pul­sory if you are se­ri­ous about the in­dus­try you work in.

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

“It does not mat­ter if you are a one-bus op­er­a­tor or a 1,000bus op­er­a­tor.”

Michael Apps

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