Moving Australia


BIC National Conference - Hobart Nov 12 to 15

The 2016 National Conference in Perth, took an in-depth look at public transport futures technology - ride-sourcing, uber, shaping consumer use of transport and emerging trends.

The 2017 National Conference took this conversation further and focussed specifically on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the role of buses and coaches in the ever competitive door-to-door public mobility chain. MaaS is well documented as an emerging global megatrend which means the Australian bus and coach industry need to be organised and participate in the design of the role and place of buses and coaches for the mobility future; a future where the consumer can have multiple choices for their whole-of-journey experience. We believe that Bus has a role to play in the delivery of future mass and social transit services and can also have a role in delivering on demand, “last mile” and other ride sharing and emerging innovative and intelligent mobility services.

Our message to all governments is that bus, can in fact be the cornerstone of future passenger transport with its expertise, assets and understanding of the task. It is our belief that the bus industry working closely with governments could path the way to deliver fully integrated passenger mobility services for the future.

2017 Conference Presentations


Future Mobility - Opportunity or Hype


What is MaaS?

Andrew Somers, Director - MaaS Australia
In his presentation, Andrew Somers provides examples to demonstrate the bottom-line of MaaS - what it is - what would motivate a driver to sell the car and go for "freedom of mobility" - what are the commercial opportunities?

Next Generation of Public Transport and MaaS - Shaping Future Transport

Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer - Intelligent Transport Systems Australia
Susan Harris provides an overview of intelligent transport systems currently in operation around Australia and explores the success factors and next steps for Australia in dealing with "transport interruption".

Future Mobility - where is NSW going?

Bryan Willey, Director Road Transport Strategy - Transport for NSW
Bryan lays out the NSW government view of future mobility with a high degree of focus being placed on the Customer and how government can be the enabler for MaaS. Bryan also provided an overview of NSW's Future Transport Plan 2056.

Is Mobility as a Service a Fraud?

Graham McCabe, Principal Traffic and Transport Planning - GHD Consultants
In his presentation to delegates, Graham questions if MaaS is really just an auto-topia disney-land ride where "providers" such as Uber has no interest in providing a service to the entire community. Rather it is about getting as many people using their services as often as possible. He raises a number of social issues including that MaaS is a privilege and only available to those who can afford to pay. This is a thought-provoking presentation on whether the societal benefits are there in the MaaS world.

Shared autonomous travel futures; the end or the making of the bus

Professor Graham Currie - Professor of Public Transport, Director, Public Transport Research Group, Monash University
Prof Currie's address to delegates was a perfect follow-on from previous presenter from GHD. In Prof Currie's opening statement, he declares his fury at the MaaS debate and that he would be happy to have delegates also feeling that fury by the end of his presentation. This is another engaging and thoughtful address to delegates on autonomous vehicles, shared mobility and "new mobility". Currie debunks it all and puts the "e" back in e-motion and tells why PT is still the most efficient form of shared mobility.

Future Scenarios and Government Perspectives


MaaS and the role of government

David Anderson, Chairman and Commissioner - National Transport Commission and Michelle Hendy, Chief Planning Officer - National Transport Commission
The National Transport Commission puts forward their interpretation and definition of MaaS, looking at the Customer and their requirements for mobility service, the design of service offering and the transport operator assets and services.

The Role of Data for Government in Future Transport

Philippa Power, Division Head, Policy and Research Division - Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
In her presentation to delegates, Philippa provides an overview of current undertakings by the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and their development of a national infrastructure data collection and dissemination plan to enhance government's decision making process in identifying where transport infrastructure needs to happen.

Future Scenarios and Navigating Uncertainty - The Greater Toronto Regional Plan  

Michael Roschlau, Past President - Canadian Urban Transit Association
Michael as always, provided an astute presentation on how we might navigate these times of "uncertainty" - with our lifestyles, our work, our business models all likely to be disrupted.....but perhaps this disruptive technology is in fact the key to our future. Michael provides insight into the development of the regional plan for the Greater Toronto area in an era of uncertainty.
Michael wanted to give delegates the following links to Metrolinx reports:
WSP Scenario Planning report – Navigating Uncertainty
Metrolinx Draft 2014 Toronto Transport Plan

Connecting Brisbane –Transforming the public transport system

Matthew Longland, Deputy Director-General Department of Transport and Main Roads
Matthew provides a comprehensive update on the integrated network plan currently underway in Queensland, specifically in Brisbane. Matthew also touches on the "green field" areas of Brisbane and mobility access to Brisbane where the bulk of employment is expected to be over the decades to come. It is clear that the current government's priority is to continue to focus on providing mass transit services and developing complementary services such as on demand.

On Demand Transport – Where it fits in the NSW Public Transport Mix

John Karaboulis, Executive Director, Service Delivery & Asset Management Infrastructure & Services, Transport for NSW
John gave a candid overview of the challenges and issues in the PT network that TfNSW are currently addressing - the provision of PT that is currently or will be effected by advancements in technology, data availability and smart phone apps, the emergence of new entrants (Uber, Bridg) and the challenges of increased population growth, congestion and over-crowding on the existing PT network. The first step was to throw it open to the market in November 2016 to come up with an end to end solution. 66 proposals were received from 43 proponents which resulted in 8 pilots being announced on 16 August 2017 (with more to come).

NHVR Update

Sal Petroccitto, CEO - National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Sal gave a comprehensive update on NHVR current programs including:
  • Round 3 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Iniative
  • National services transition across the states
  • National camera network
  • Review of 2 axle mass limits
  • Electronic work diaries

National and International Perspectives


New Mobility:A Canadian Perspective | Recent Trends and Challenges

Michael Roschlau, Past President - Canadian Urban Transit Association

Michael opens his presentation with a brief history of CUTA and why it decided to make the transition from being an association for traditional PT modes to being an association representing integrated urban mobility - like buses, pedestrian facilities, ride sharing, cycling and so on. CUTA has progressed a significant way down the track in its urban mobility thinking, but Michael warns that there is an urgent need for cultural change in how government views its role in mobility and how it engages with external stakeholders and for transit systems, it means moving from their traditional role as train and bus operators into a new role as mobility managers and enablers.

Michael has provided the following Papers:
New Mobility Report
CUTA Integrated Mobility Toolbox


Buses as a Service - An international perspective, London, Singapore and Australia.

Clint Feuerdherdt, BECom BCom (Hons), Group CEO, Transit Systems Group

Clint opens with the often made assumption that a convenient and efficient movement network in the city is going to create productive and efficient cities. Clint gives a stunning example of the largest industrial estate in the Southern hemisphere (western Sydney), with 20,000 people working in the estate - all without PT access. Putting transport in the right location unlocks opportunity, not unlike Uber whose 60% of trips began in "public transport deserts". Clint provides the answer to why our patronage is currently falling, eventhough our cities are getting bigger in population. In his presentation, Clint provides some bus business ideas for providing your "buses as a service".

Panel of Experts discuss the question "Is a nationally integrated transport offering possible in Australia"


Bus and Future Intelligent Mobility


In 2036, what is ‘a bus’? (Re)designing streets and services for new technologies to meet changing needs

Neill Miller, Manager Urban Road Planning - Transport for NSW
Neill provides a comprehensive overview on the use of existing road infrastructure for its bus customers under the newly released Future Transport 2056 plan. Embracing 6 key themes from the report, Neill demonstrates how TfNSW intends to deliver the roads, infrastructure and operational planning to meet future PT needs. The 6 key themes of the Future Transport 2056 plan are:
  • Customer focus
  • Successful places
  • Growing the economy
  • Safety and performance
  • Accessible services
  • Sustainability

Demand Response - How cities around the world have responded to this global phenomenon

Mel Pecen, Managing Director ANZ - Trapeze Group Asia Pacific
Mel describes Demand Response Transport as now being a world wide phenomenon due to its ability to cater to social inclusivity and accessibility, its efficiency while meeting passenger expectations and its ecological benefits in reducing emmissions and encouraging modal shifts. Mel presents to delegates successful DRT systems currently in place throughout North America and Europe.

Bus public transport and MaaS – Urban and Regional Solutions

Stephen Lucas, Managing Director - Buslink Queensland and Chairman - ConnectU Warrnambool
Stephen emphatically opened with the promise that he would not be talking about technology or making up new words for things that we have always done, instead opting to provide a practical hands-on overview of ConnectU, a project that coordinates a number of local businesses to provide a mobility service to a range of customers many with specific social or physical needs. ConnectU has 420 registered clients, 26 volunteer drivers doing an average 16 single trips per day.

Bus Contracts, Business Models and MaaS – What might they look like?

Yale Wong, Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst - Insitute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The Business School, University of Sydney
Yale's present research is to market test MaaS with respect to demanders and suppliers. Yale's presentation to delegates is loaded with research and data to paint the picture on current technologies and trends, the opportunities and realities if urban efficiency is achieved and the business of MaaS - the bundles, budgets and brokers. Yale also provides some interesting survey results on end user preferences and operator interest.

Inspiring Future Workplaces

Q&A Panel on Industrial Relations

  • Grace Collier, Columnist - The Australian
  • Nikki Brouwers, Managing Director - The Interact Group
  • Ian MacDonald, National IR Manager - APTIA, Industrial Arm of the Bus Industry Confederation

Choosing the right tools today for passenger services tomorrow

Paul Gwyn, Managing Director - INIT Asia-Pacific
Paul presents to delegates communications technology in use today for those customers requiring special needs assistance on accessing the right public transport mode in the location required where infrastructure was also able to meet the needs of the disability. Paul provides an interesting insight into the thinking and development of passenger technology how it is delivered and how it is consumed.

Technology and Unified Communications – key in the future bus

Hamish Duff, Director - The Orion Network
Hamish provides an overview on the advancement of radio technology of driver to operations from its humble 2-way analogue devices to the now radio eco-system which includes smart cameras, GPS, driver navigation, telematics, passenger smart phone - the list is expansive! In his presentation to delegates, Hamish will present the technological opportunities inside the bus to provide communications to the driver, the passenger and the ops room.

On demand services – not a new solution just a new service

Juan Carbonell, Managing Director of RouteMatch Software for Australia and New Zealand
Juan believes that the future of transport is getting closer to your Customer through providing more personalised services and, with the advances in technology, providing the promise of mobility for all members of the public. Juan really energised the “mobility movement” in his presentation and put to delegates that MaaS is a more sophisticated flavour of Mobility on Demand. In his opinion a true MaaS service is created at the intersection of regulation and technology. It should also focus on the promise of transport equality for all Customers with door-to-door offerings. Juan challenged the industry to start looking at what new revenue opportunities exist in the world of shared end to end mobility starting with smaller vehicles and onto existing trunk network services. The key learnings presented at the end of Juan's address to delegates is well worth the look.

Industry Focus


The BIC Work Program - Key Priorities 2018-2019

Michael Apps, Executive Director - Bus Industry Confederation
Michael takes delegates through the extensive National Work Program for the bus and coach industry for the 2018-2019 calendar years - and it is BIG! This presentation and audio/visual is well worth the review for those who want to know about the research and policy agenda that BIC will be adopting for the next 2 years and also the big ticket issues in both the National and State arenas.

Chairman's Forum
BIC and State Association Presidents chew the fat - an open forum


2017 Conference Sponsors

Conference Partners

Transport Partner
National Government Partners

Industry Partner Manufacturing Partner Media Partner

Major Conference Sponsors


Wednesday Big Arvo Out 

 Mercedes-Benz Oktoberfest Tuesday Dinner Party

Conference Sponsors

Sunday Welcome Cocktail Party Lunch Monday

Lunch Tuesday

BIC Chairman Welcome | Conference Opening | Keynote Speaker Partners Program

Wednesday Guest Speaker and Bus Seats

Stage and National Achiever Award BIC National Golf Open

Conference Coffee Bar

Conference Name Tags and Flash Your Badge Monday Morning Tea and Bus Front

Registration Desk and Tote Bag

Tuesday Morning Tea | Pocket Program & Plenary Session Wednesday Morning Tea
Monday Happy Hour
Tuesday Happy Hour
MAN Conference Delegate Gift
Location Guide and Conference Pads &  Pens                      
Bussies Bar Sunday, Monday and Tuesday  Conference Lectern | Bus Auction Tyres                

Conference Water Bottles

Conference Lanyard Destination Sign and Conference Plenary Session   Inspiring Future Workplaces

Conference Caps Sunday BIC Council Meetings and AGM

 Conference Plenary Session

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