Evergreen contracts promised for orange buses

Simpler contracts have been promised for Western Australian orange school bus operators

April 20, 2012

The Western Australian Government has promised simpler contracts for orange school bus

Transport Minister Troy Buswell
announced today that
evergreen contracts would be introduced to help maintain traditional orange school bus services.

says the evergreen contracts will allow operators to continue their contracts indefinitely as long as key performance indicators are met and services are needed.

"The current contractual arrangements introduced by the previous Labor government in 2003 created two significant issues for orange school bus operators: loss of tenure and a range of complex contractual arrangements," Buswell says.

"Under the new system, the government will develop a simpler contractual framework, which will include KPIs, and school bus contractors who meet these KPIs will have their contracts renewed without going to open tendering."

Buswell says
the change will result
in streamlined contract management operations.

"This will be a far more holistic approach to governance of this industry, in recognition of the unique role it plays in regional Western Australian communities," he says.

Industry negotiations regarding the specific content of the new contracts have commenced.

Buswell says he expects the phased implementation of the new arrangements to commence from the start of the 2013-14 financial year.

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