BIC Functional Committees

BIC Committees assist the BIC Secretariat to manage the range of issues and initiatives that it undertakes and inform the BIC Council of arising priorities or issues that may impact the strategic direction of the association.

Each Committee is typically chaired by a BIC Councillor or industry members.

Members of BIC or the Bus Australia Network interested in serving on a committee are welcome to contact the BIC Secretariat

Each Committee plays an important role in national policy development, national programs and initiatives and ensuring emerging national issues are managed, coordinated and communicated to members and key stakeholders. The Chair of each Committee reports to each BIC Council meeting with progress on the Committee’s work program and seeks Council approval or endorsement of:

  • proposed industry policy positions
  • expenditure related to a program or initiative.

Policy and Regulation


  • Identify BIC Research Work Program and priorities and make recommendations to council
  • Provide input to research and other projects as and when required.
  • To manage the future cites policy space including tax, charges, infrastructure and road pricing matters as they emerge, and to present industry views and agreed policy positions on these issues in submissions.
  • To provide input into all regulatory matters of national significance (in collaboration with the technical committee) that impact on the industry’s operations put forward by the NTC, NHVR, Federal Department of Infrastructure and State jurisdictions.
  • To undertake special projects on an as needs basis related to a specific industry (or sector) issue or initiative e.g. travel to learn campaign
Industrial Relations Committee

The APTIA Council facilitates with the support of the Industrial Working Group an industrial relations environment by reaching an agreed national approach to issues, in which the Industry operates.


The IWC under the guidance of the APTIA Council represents the industry at a National level to respond to Industrial relations changes such as the Fair Work Act and Work Health and Safety Act which may impact on the industry. The IWG under the guidance of the APTIA Council assists the BIC Executive Director to coordinate the work program of the National IR resources.

APTIA provides industrial relations services to State Associations and other APTIA members as part of membership or fee for service arrangements as agreed by the IWG and approved by the APTIA Council. The IWG assesses and reviews the impact of the FWA and other federal legislation affecting the industrial environment of employees of bus and coach transport services. The IWG and APTIA Council reports to the BIC Council for approval of all policy or program decisions.

Technical, Environment and Safety
  • To provide advice on bus technical issues as they relate to existing and emerging Australian Design Rules, Performance Based Standards and International Vehicle Standards.
  • To promote the good environmental record of Industry, the environmental benefits of bus travel, including technology and alternative fuels, and provide industry policy input to environmental issues as they emerge.
  • To provide industry input and advice on safety related matters to Government and safety organisations, and to promote the good safety record of the industry.
  • To coordinate technical responses between BIC and State Associations
  • Represent Industry on the Strategic Vehicle Safety and Environment Group (SVSEG) and the Technical Liaison Group (TLG)