The View from Canberra

View from Canberra – 2021 December

In this edition of the View from Canberra, the secretariat takes a look at the year that was in 2021…and what a year! It is our lot in life at the BIC to instruct governments on what was, what is and what will be. The year that was in 2021 saw accelerated activity coming out of the Federal Department of Infrastructure & Transport, the Office of Road Safety, the National Transport Commission and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The first half of 2021 saw several door-stopper regulatory impact statements on national law reform and legislative review of heavy vehicle law,

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View from Canberra 2021 – November

In this month’s edition of the View from Canberra, we ask the question if it is too early to make a call on the ‘new norm’ for bus businesses in a post-covid environment. There can be no doubt that the public transport sector saw a significant shift in patronage in different periods of covid outbreaks and consequent lock downs. The question is – will Australian’s continue to choose a work from home option (if able to) and will alternative commutes that were taken up during outbreaks (ie. the bike and car) continue?  According to Infrastructure Australia, public transport useage in

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View from Canberra 2021 October

The BIC has always approached our moving people vision to enhance the sustainability and liveability of Australia’s cities and regions by using buses and coaches. This is one of the reasons behind our decision in mid-2018, to commission the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (University of Sydney) to compile a decade of national data on the bus fleet on our roads, the operators and their passengers. The collated data provides an important snapshot of our industry and our contribution to Australia’s economy, social well-being, city liveability and the governments ‘green’ agenda. Read the full ArticleDownload

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View from Canberra 2021 September

On 3 September, IA released its 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan to achieve its 2036 vision. A vision that would seek infrastructure that “improves the sustainability of [Australia’s] economic, social, environmental and governance settings, builds quality of life for all Australians, and is resilient to shocks and emerging stresses”. Ambitious? Realistic? – maybe and maybe not. Who could have predicted the current social and economic landscape? Who could have forecasted our ‘pandemic infrastructure’ needs looking through the lens of the last IA Plan in 2016? – a plan that aimed to “recapture the reform spirit of the 1980s and 1990s and

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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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