2017 Maintenance Conference and Trade Show


BusVic are extremely pleased to open registration for the 2017 BusVic Maintenance Conference and Trade Show to be held at the Pullman Albert Park Melbourne on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July, 2017. Join us for BusVic’s 63rd Maintenance Conference and Trade Show; recognised as the industry’s leading exhibition, conference and networking event.


  • Maintenance, technical & management conference sessions and workshops delivered within and adjacent to the exhibit, all on the one level.
  • Ample amount of time for delegates to interact with exhibitors.
  • Catering and networking events held within the exhibit.
  • Premium keynote speakers and entertainers as part of the 2 day conference programme, including Steve Sammartino, Anna Meares OAM and Lawrence Mooney.
  • Industry gala dinner held at Pullman Ballroom on July 3 and networking drinks and canapés among the exhibit on July 4.
  • Event app available to enable all exhibitors to provide more detailed information to and further engage with event delegates.




Please see a summary of the past Maintenance Conference and Trade Show's below. 

Please contact Mary Main on 03 9645 3300 or mmain@busvic.asn.au should you have any queries.

BusVic look forward to welcoming you to the event in July. 






BusVic held our 62 Maintenance Conference and Trade Show at the Pullman Hotel, Albert Park on the 7th and 8th July. The event was really well attended, with over 550 delegates plus 50 supplier exhibitors enjoying the warm and intimate surrounds at the new venue.

The programme was opened by Kate Carnell AO, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Kate spoke about the impact that mental health issues are having on small and family businesses, and what people can do to help improve their own, family and employee mental health. 

Kate was also on hand to present our annual awards recognising excellence in the industry. Congratulations to our winners below:

Award Winners

Industry Achiever – Parry Serafim, BusVic.
Apprentice of the Year – Jake Pope, Bayside/Nuline Charter.
Favourite Bus Driver (Metro) - Merv Lia, Ventura
Favourite Bus Driver (regional) – Paul Hrabar, Warrnambool BL.

Then we were joined by keynote speaker Alisa Camplin AOM. Through the telling of her story Alisa provided skills, tips and tools we can use in your own life, team and workforce and brought a lump to the throat of even the most hardened bus operator and driver with her account of her most recognised moment; winning the Gold medal in Freestyle Aerial Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 

The event again included a comprehensive programme with technical/maintenance workshops and school bus sessions providing the focus. Highlights included:
• Special school bus policy - The NDIA and how the industry should position for certainty. Chris Lowe, BusVic.
• School bus reviews - Current outcomes and future government priorities and School bus administration trial - Update, review and next steps. Stephen Ryan and Fiona Xuereb – PTV.
• School buses and regional development - The RNDP, Regional Partnerships and Student fare policy. Lachlan McDonald, DEDJTR.
• Demand responsive transport and Uber. Matt Denman, Uber Victoria.
• Automated/autonomous transport. Chris De Gruyter, Monash University.
• Bus Safety Act - How is it working?; TSV Gaps Audits; Operator policy development and review. Stephen Turner, TSV.
• Bus Rollaways - TSV report; Operator case study; and what can be done. Jordan Lock, TSV. Michael Hourn, Ventura. Ben Were.
• Electrolysis corrosion - how to inspect and rectify/Frame maintenance - Inspection regime and how to fix issues. Fabian Gaida, PPG.
• Engine Component Maintenance. Tom Thiele and Jeremy McPherson, CMV Truck and Bus.
• Engine and associated components maintenance requirements. Peter Angus, Mercedes Benz.
• Panel removal, repair and refit. Volgren Australia and Transcal.


At the opening of the dinner Sean Leane MP, Parliamentary Secretary thanked all bus operators for their dedication to the service especially the call to arms and professional industry response to the V/Line and Level Crossing Removal rail replacement bus services.

Chris Lowe then had the pleasure of announcing that the industry had reached its’ fund raising target for the purchase of the second Big Red Kidney Bus. Chris proudly presented the keys of the new bus to Mr David Morgan, Chair Kidney Health Australia National Board.

To finish off the night the crowd then enjoyed some belly laughs thanks to one of Australia’s favourite comedians – Tom Gleeson. In, out. In, out.

At the opening of the second day the delegates were treated to an entertaining and inspiring presentation by Mick Colliss. Mick’s an author, poet and sports commentator. He’s also persistent. It took him 3 goes to get his drivers licence… 2 goes to get into university… 3 goes to get his surf lifesaving bronze medallion …… 3 girlfriends to get off the mark… and 42 years to realise his dream of playing for Australia.

BusVic wish to thank the organising Committee, plus all those who attended, exhibited and spoke at the event;the sharing of knowledge and networking that occurs at the Maintenance Conference is what makes it valuable and unique.

Finally, a sincere thank you goes to our Partners for their support and the colour they provide at the event and throughout the year. Please consider them when making your next purchase decision:

Platinum Partners – Volvo/CMV Truck and Bus, Mercedes-Benz, Volgren, Yutong/Whitehorse Truck and Bus, Iveco, Bus Finance Australia/Westpac.
Gold Partners – Australian Super, Scania, Pitcher Partners, CMI Hino, KingLong, Irizar.
Silver Partners – Thermo King Bus, McConnell Seats, Camira, ABC Magazine, Valvoline, Transcal and Phillip Boyle Associates.
Commercial Partners – ABCU, Bus parts Plus and BP.



For a larger selection of photos from the event please see link to drop box account below:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/82yhn2shmcjqlzp/AAAgz6hiMBQgMBBP4BzI2brja?dl=0







Well over 1500 delegates attended the 2015 Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on July 8 and 9. This is a record attendance for this type of event in Australia, which has been hailed as a tremendous success by all operators and suppliers who attended.

The strength of the event was evidenced with almost 65% of total delegates having operator origins with the remainder being supplier delegates. The greater majority of total operator delegates hailed from Victoria: 38% metro areas and 35% rural/regional areas. However there was also a great representation from operators from other states and neighbouring countries: NSW 9%, Qld, 5.5%, SA 4.5%, NZ 2.7%, Tas 2.2%, WA 2.1% and NT/Other Overseas 1%.

The delegate attendance was complimented by over 130 of Australia's leading bus industry suppliers who exhibited the newest in technology and service including 90 buses and chassis.

All management and technical sessions were very well attended and as they were delivered among the exhibit there was always something to see and do, with exhibitors especially enjoying the continual delegate buzz and surrounding activity during the sessions and break times. The Management sessions on Network Service Planning highlighting the Government’s upcoming Regional Network Development Plan was of particular importance. The session on the Industry’s Wellness Taskforce on Thursday was also very well received.

The strength of the technical workshops was supported by standing room only crowds at most sessions; highlights were the Standard Hour Recap for Drivers, BIC Technical Update and Preventative Maintenance workshops. 

Mark Donaldson VC held the undivided attention of a standing room only, capacity crowd during his opening keynote speech. Mark spoke of his challenging teenage years and his fierce desire to join the SAS and his eventual unplanned succession to become one of Australia’s most decorated soldiers. Mark’s detailed and humble account of his experiences certainly enriched the crowd’s understanding of Australia’s modern wartime story. On the following day Bomber Thompson provided an entertaining and insightful account of his AFL career and direct assessment of Essendon’s supplement scandal.

Robert Nicholas from Benalla Bus Lines was awarded the Apprentice of the Year Award and popular industry identity Bram Kefford was awarded the Industry Achiever Award for over 30 years of service to the industry.

The highlight of the event for the greater majority though was Keith Foote’s Induction as a Life Member of the Bus Association of Victoria. The award was presented the main dinner at the Crown Palladium by former BusVic Executive Director Kevin Norris, who delivered a powerful account of Keith’s unwavering loyalty to the industry and BusVic’s members. 

His lasting legacy to BusVic was the building of the Annual maintenance Conference from humble beginnings to what was clearly the premier Bus Expo and Bus Industry Conference in Australia. He turned the event into a world class affair which was recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding bus event.

Following this the 1000 dinner guests were treated to entertainment by James Galea (ably assisted by Andrew Cornwall), Damian Callinan and a pure vocal performance by Kate Ceberano who was a definite crowd favourite.


The BusVic Event App also provided a new technology for information gathering and sharing and was actively used by close to 600 delegates at the event, representing a great outcome for the resource given it is only the first year it has been used. The App is live for another 9 months at least so we encourage delegates to continue using it as an industry resource.

A huge thank you goes out to each of the speakers who presented at the conference, each of who are all experts in their fields and provided a great learning platform for those who attended.

Our Expo Committee also deserve our sincere appreciation, their dedication of numerous hours of work  prior to and during the expo plus their expertise in constructing the programme topics and sessions ensured an event of great relevance and value for all. 

The extremely positive feedback received suggests that the event delivered unprecedented quality and value to all that attended. Many referred to the event as the best expo and conference they had ever attended and this included any truck or motor show. BusVic wish to thank our Partners, all operators and other suppliers alike for their tremendous involvement in the event, we look forward to welcoming all back to our next conference and expo. 


For a larger selection of photos and time lapse video from the event please see link to drop box account below: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cqa58ldodsnzeqe/AABwjZhL7p4qoBEKrBvgUFODa?dl=0