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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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BIC Submission to the NTC’s Heavy Vehicle Charging Determination

The Bus Australia Network (with significant input from BusVIC and Professor John Stanley), submitted its response to the NTC’s public consultation on its heavy vehicle charging determination for 2022-2023. The cost allocation methodology proposed by the NTC included significant changes from the previous approaches of the NTC. The BAN identified 2 particular high impact changes in the charging principles put forward: changes in the assessment of equivalent standard axle (ESA) impacts of different vehicle classes on HV road costs and changes in the way regulatory costs are allocated (such as funding the NHVR). The NTC points out that current heavy

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BIC National E-Bulletin 2021 July

National Update from the Bus Industry Confederation [July 2021 Edition] As 10,000-plus athletes gather in Tokyo to represent their countries on the world stage, sadly at the opening of the Olympics, more than half of Australia’s population was in lock-down. As the home of the BIC secretariat is located in the protected inland island of Canberra, there is little to no ripple effect to ‘normal life’ here (we still have a peak hour!). The BIC team extends our well-wishes to all Aussies doing it tough out there. As covid is dominating so much of industry, it does feature strongly in

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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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BIC National E-Bulletin 2021 June

National Update from the Bus Industry Confederation [June 2021 Edition] In this edition of the national bulletin, as BIC ticks-over to a new membership year, we gratefully acknowledge the ongoing supportof our members and invite all in the bus & coach industry to come face to face at the BIC National Conference in November.We also provide an update on recent submissions from the BIC and also from ACCI’s Chamber of Tourism. Mark your diaries andget organised for the next 6 months of what we hope will be unrestricted covid travel for all Australians. The next big eventis the Australasia Bus

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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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BIC Submission to the NTC’s Assessing Fitness to Drive

The National Transport Commission conducted a review of their draft guideline on Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers (AFD). Primarily, the publication provides guidelines for medical and health professionals and licensing/transport authorities. The guidelines does not provide any standards for Employers who are predominantly reliant on the Employee to self-report. The Employer is also reliant on the health professional and the licensing authority to be accurate and timely in the provision of assessments or accreditation. The BIC submitted a response to the NTC on 11 June 2021 and provides: responses to questions raised in the Interim

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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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