Moving Australia


2017 Coach Connections Summit - June 16 Adelaide


The first National Coach Summit saw over 100 delegates, a larger majority being coach operators (90%), who met in Adelaide on June 16 to discuss the development of a strategic advocacy plan for the sector that would have the aim of doubling the mode share of the coach sector by 2027.

The Coach sector competes with airlines, rail, car and self-drive, ferries and other local transport
providers in a passenger transport market that generates billions of dollars annually to the Australian economy.

Summit attendees agreed to update the existing BIC policy statement for the Long Distance,
Charter and Express (LDCE) sector and include within it, the 2027 strategy for innovative ways that the
coach mode share for the tourism dollar can be increased, including new niche traveller experiences and
marketing what the coach sector has to offer. It was strongly supported that the BIC and the Bus Australia Network
through State Associations, take a much more focussed and proactive approach to local governments as the key
partner and the real driver of regional connectivity and tourism.

The Summit also discussed specific issues that are impacting on the sector that will be included in a soon
to be released Outcomes document from the Summit and the new LDCE policy and advocacy statement. These included:

Some discussion was held in relation to the event being held annually or every two years. Annually seemed
to be the consensus but this will be agreed by the newly formed BIC LDCE Committee.

Coach Summit Presentations


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What does tourism deliver to the Australian economy

Justin Marshall, Senior Policy Officer, Tourism Division - Austrade

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Travel through it - not over it - Industry policy and advocacy

Michael Apps, Executive Director - Bus Industry Confederation

Tourism, Coaches, Transport and City Planning and the Visitor Economy

2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Steve_Issa 2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Steve_Issa (4139 KB)

Sydney CBD, partnering with the coach industry for solutions

Steve Issa, Executive Director Operations & Planning, Sydney Coordination Office - Transport for NSW

2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Garry_Watson 2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Garry_Watson (1145 KB)

School coach tourism and the visitor economy in Canberra, the National Capital

Garry Watson - National Capital Attractions Association

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Farm tourism and opportunities for the coach sector

John Collins, Director - Agricultural Tours Riverina

Coach design, comfort, technology and travellers - the next generation of coach

2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Steve_Heanes 2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Steve_Heanes (1091 KB)

2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Julian_Gurney 2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Julian_Gurney (2889 KB)

2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Daniel_Castro 2017_Coach_Summit_Pres_Daniel_Castro (3488 KB)

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Steve Heanes, National Manager ANZ - Iveco Bus, Vice-Chairman - Bus Industry Confederation

Julian Gurney, National Bus Manager - Scania Australia

Daniel Castro, Managing Director - Irizar Asia Pacific

Alen Fak, Product Manager - Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific

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Remaining competitive in a tough industrial relations environment

Ian MacDonald, National IR Manager - Bus Industry Confederation

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The challenges of accessibility for people with disabilities and coach travel

Geoff Smith, Assistant Director Road Safety & Transport Standards, Road Safety & Productivity Section - Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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Operating for a profit today and tomorrow

Matthew Wilson, Client Director - Pitcher Partners

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Chain of Responsibility - what the new laws mean for coach operators

Michael Crellin, Manager Chain of Responsibility - National Heavy Vehicle Regulator


Special Acknowledgement

The Bus Industry Confederation acknowledges the contribution and participation of our Supplier Members in helping the BIC and Bus SA convene this industry-first for a Summit of this kind in Australia. The BIC and the Bus Australia Network hopes to continue running this coach specific Summit every second year.


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