By: Catherine Fitzpatrick, Photography by: courtesy BusVic

STAND AND EXHIBIT SPACE is officially sold out for BusVic 2019, merely a fortnight away from the event being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), October 1–2 – but people can still buy tickets to attend, organisers confirm.

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard is confirmed as the opening keynote speaker on Tuesday morning, says BusVic.

With this event marking the special 75th-year celebration for BusVic, it is also the only bus and coach expo being held in Australia in 2019, which is expected to attract 1,500 bus and coach industry delegates from Asia Pacific. This provides a fantastic opportunity for operators, suppliers, regulators and other stakeholders to connect, says BusVic. 

As confirmed to ABC magazine, recently, the event is so popular that all of the exhibition spaces have now been sold.

"All of the major brands are attending, as are some new market entrants," said BusVic executive director Dr Chris Lowe.


Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard is confirmed as the opening keynote speaker on Tuesday morning, and former Australian cricket team captain Steve Waugh will be the keynote speaker on the Wednesday morning.

"You can’t get two bigger names to inspire delegates," said Lowe. 

The industry gala dinner being held in the Melbourne Room at MCEC on October 1 promises to be an evening to remember, with The Voices Supergroup confirmed as the entertainment. Consisting of members of Taxiride, Boom Crash Opera, The Choirboys and Rob Mills, the band will perform hits from the ’80s, ’90s and today.



This year’s bus industry awards will also be presented at the annual Bus Expo and Maintenance Conference. As BusVic explains, the awards aim to recognise and celebrate individual and corporate best practice.

The categories are:

-       Apprentice of the Year;

-       Industry Achiever;

-       Best Bus Driver;

-       Best School Bus Driver- New category.


"There are so many great individuals and initiatives being employed exclusively and collectively throughout the membership, this is our chance to recognise them," states BusVic.

"The judging process is independent of BusVic and there is no application/nomination fee.

"This year we have supplied forms that can be either filled in by hand or electronically. Please make sure to review and address the nomination criteria. Any further supplementary documentation can also be used to enrich the nomination.

"Please submit your nominations to Lisa Muston at lmuston@busvic.asn.au by Friday, 13 September, 2019," it states.


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