The View from Canberra

View from Canberra 2021 August

In this edition we reflect on the human shift and adaptation to the current pandemic crisis. In this time of global obscurity, it is little comfort that the inevitability of change will never change. However, it is fair to say that uninvited change often results in vast improvements in our lot in life. Change presents the opportunity to transform and to be inventors of innovation. Massive change is evident in our own moving people industry. Public transport has been a major change-driver over the past century. The growth patterns of Australia’s cities, for example, could never have happened without the

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View from Canberra 2021 July

The BIC has long advocated for public transport to be acknowledged as an essential service – a service that should be a basic fundamental right for all Australians. Interestingly, it seems to be lost on governments that PT in fact provides a service to other industries considered as essential services. As PT workers form so much of the front-line staff, there are a number of issues that will need to be considered as the vaccination program ramps-up: providing paid leave to employees who get their two jabs time off for dealing with side effects from the vaccinations incentives, such as

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View from Canberra 2021 June

The BIC looks at the The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) which replaces the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) on 1 July 2021. The implementation of RVSA is complex and will see increased accountability on designers/manufacturers, suppliers/importers to comply to standards/regulations. This edition of the View provides a detailed safe-guard guide for industry to follow to ensure compliance with the new regulations. Download the View Download

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View from Canberra 2021 May

The BIC takes a look at why we do the things we do. Advocacy and having a strong presence in Canberra is important because it drives growth in our industry and keeps away bad regulation that will make it harder to run your business. Above all else we do what we do to make our industry stronger and bus businesses more viable in the future. The more money invested in public transport the more that people use it, and this generates more demand for your bus services and your bus products. We see this as the virtuous circle of policy

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View from Canberra 2021 April

In this month’s edition, the BIC examines the not so ominous Industrial Relations Bill. In May 2020, the PM announced his Job Keeper Plan to restart the economy post Covid. Part of this plan was to explore reforms to the industrial relations system to regrow jobs lost in the pandemic. The Attorney-General set about assembling five working groups made up of employees, employers, and industry representatives. The groups were tasked with the reform of five key areas that a) were known to be insufficient under current IR laws and b) had the greatest potential for job creation. By 10 December,

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View from Canberra 2021 March

The BIC secretariat launches a new ‘View from Canberra’ which will be monthly articles produced by various members of the BIC Team. This edition takes a look at current work program and in particular the formation of a new Advisory Group for the long distance tourist coach sector. Download the View Download

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View from Canberra 2020 November

With the release by the Australian Government of its national policy (‘3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia’), this month’s column takes a look at what the government defines as ‘COVID Normal’ and ‘COVID Safe’ and how this translates for our coach tourism sector. The advice from the Executive Director of BIC is that coach operators need to crank up the engine now and start talking to the state tourism agencies and local governments to grow a new and unique service in Australian tourism. Download the View Download

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View from Canberra 2020 October

This month, we take a look at the 2020 budget from the federal government and what it means for bus business. There is significant funding for infrastructure and manufacturing in this budget and although the budget is definitely a green-light for business to get busy, it is extremely clear that the economic recovery of Australia and the success of this budget is based on a number of assumptions – unfettered national and international borders, a covid-vaccine being available for mass distribution by December 2021 and any substantial interim covid-outbreaks likely to effect confidence of households to spend and businesses to

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View from Canberra 2020 September

With the announcement by ACT Labor government to commit to a fully electric bus fleet in the ACT by 2040, Michael Apps, BIC Executive Director, thought it was time to provide a review of transitional approaches from traditional diesel to electric. It is evident that governments around Australia – with their commitment to zero-emissions by 2050, will see increased focus on facets of the public transport network. The trajectory to zero emissions is an interesting one for buses, as any new propulsion technology will be effected by a number of operational and environmental conditions. Download the View Download

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