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The 2018 BIC Con­fer­ence was a great suc­cess and plans are al­ready un­der­way to make 2019’s event in Can­berra a key state­ment to politi­cians on the strength of our in­dus­try

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Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michael Apps talks up the re­cent joint BIC/BCA NZ Con­fer­ence – and jus­ti­fi­ably so. Plus there’s an ur­gent In­dus­try Cen­sus ‘call to arms’. Check it out!

An­other year, an­other BIC Con­fer­ence and what a turn up we had in Cairns – over 600 del­e­gates (and 140 part­ners) joined us in sunny North Queens­land to dis­cuss fu­ture mo­bil­ity and what it means for bus busi­nesses. It was great to see New Zealan­ders and Aus­tralians come to­gether at what I think were some of the best so­cial events the BIC Con­fer­ence has run.

We had quite a few first timers at his year’s con­fer­ence and the feed­back has been very pos­i­tive, with most say­ing they did not re­alise what the BIC Con­fer­ence was all about, but they were com­ing back next year.

All in all it was a con­fer­ence full of great con­tent in the ple­nary ses­sion de­spite some au­dio vis­ual glitches that on oc­ca­sions drove me ab­so­lutely batty. It was not up to the usual ‘blue chip’ stan­dard that the BIC team likes to de­liver, but most peo­ple seemed happy enough and, at the end of the day, you just have to live with that stuff and get on with the show. Hav­ing said that, most peo­ple’s feed­back was that the con­tent of the ses­sions and qual­ity of the speak­ers was very good.

The rest of 2018 and 2019 is re­ally go­ing to be about the next Fed­eral elec­tion, which seems likely to be held in May 2019.

“I hope to see if we can get the coali­tion to bet­ter ar­tic­u­late where they are com­ing from.”

will be avail­able on the BIC web­site if del­e­gates, or those who could not at­tend, are in­ter­ested in the con­tent of the ses­sions.

We had the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Michael McCor­mack and An­thony Al­banese, the Shadow Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and Tourism at­tend the con­fer­ence and it was pretty clear which party had put some thought into the im­por­tance of the bus in­dus­try and had de­vel­oped some se­ri­ous pol­icy ideas, pre­sent­ing th­ese to the del­e­gates in the room.

Over the next few months I hope to see if we can get the coali­tion to bet­ter ar­tic­u­late where they are com­ing from when it comes to buses, pub­lic trans­port and mo­bil­ity in our cities and re­gions.

All of the pre­sen­ta­tions from the con­fer­ence


Be­cause we have a Fed­eral elec­tion next year, there is no bet­ter time than now to hold a con­fer­ence in Can­berra. It is im­por­tant we do re­turn to Can­berra on oc­ca­sion and high­light to the gov­ern­ment of the day, the size, the strength and unity of our in­dus­try.

The con­fer­ence will take place Novem­ber 17–20, which is late in the year, but I might say is prob­a­bly the peak tourism time for trav­ellers com­ing to Can­berra for the beau­ti­ful spring weather.

Mark your di­ary and plan for the 2019 BIC Con­fer­ence now. We have al­ready started plan­ning a great pro­gram and so­cial events, as well as some spe­cial pre- and post- con­fer­ence ideas for those who want to see a lit­tle more of Can­berra, the South Coast of NSW and the Alpine re­gion in spring, to name a few.


The In­dus­try Cen­sus Sur­vey has been ex­tended as we need more re­sponses to make it a worth­while ex­er­cise.

We ‘ NEED YOU!’, as Un­cle Sam said.

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.

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 hand­held de­vice/smart phone, to an­swer some key ques­tions about fleet sizes, ser­vices pro­vided and em­ploy­ment ar­range­ments. If you ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems com­plet­ing the sur­vey with your de­vice, con­tact us and we will send you a PDF ver­sion to com­plete.

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 the sur­vey.

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

Michael Apps BIC Na­tional Sec­re­tariat PO Box 6171, Kingston ACT 2604 p: 02 6247 5990 f: 02 6273 1035 e: ad­[email protected]

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