Thrown under the bus: Government subsidies have not kept up with inflation, reducing revenue

Revenue for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport industry has declined marginally over the past five years. The poor performance of regional commuter services has contributed strongly to this decline. The industry has also faced external pressure from growth in urban populations, ongoing penetration from low-cost airlines and pressure on state government budgets. For many operators, fare revenue and the value of contracts awarded have failed to keep pace with inflation, negatively affecting their performance. In addition, the charter sector has come under pressure as many ageing owner-operators have withdrawn from the market and there has not been sufficient demand to attract new entrants to replace those that have more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is most competitive when operating on routes customised to leisure travellers
  • Leisure-related activity has benefited the industry over the past five years
  • The world price of crude oil is anticipated to rebound, pushing purchase costs higher
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of the industry is closely correlated with the distribution of the Australian population. Consequently, the industry is heavily concentrated in the highly populous eastern seaboard states, with New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland accounting for almost 80% of enterprises. On the other hand, less densely populated states and territories such as Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, represent a combined 6.1% of long distance bus operators.More accurate comparisons can be drawn by examining the respective population shares with the distribution of establishments in each state. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport are:

  • Experienced work force
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Close monitoring of competition
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from domestic airlines and Total tourist visitor nights in the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry?

    Firms in the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport industry primarily operate buses that transport passengers over regular routes and on regular schedules, mainly outside metropolitan areas or over long distances.

    Industry Products
  • Interstate services
  • Touring and packaged touring services
  • Charter operations
  • Intrastate services
  • Industry Activities
  • Long distance charter bus services
  • Long distance passenger transport bus services
  • Long distance tourist coach services
  • Long distance express bus services
  • Long distance tour bus operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from domestic airlines
  • Total tourist visitor nights
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • World price of crude oil
  • Level of urbanisation

  • Current Performance
  • Regional commuters
  • Charter services
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Industry participation and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and challenges
  • Tourism and the dollar
  • Table: Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Interurban and Rural Bus Transport
  • Tourism
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Electrical Services
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling
  • Tyre Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Intrastate services
  • Touring and packaged touring services
  • Charter operations
  • Interstate services
  • Chart: Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Tourists
  • Associations, schools and clubs
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Interurban and Rural Bus Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    L. C. Dyson's Bus Services Proprietary Limited, Greyhound Australia Pty Ltd,
  • Table: L. C. Dyson's Bus Services Proprietary Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Greyhound Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Interurban and Rural Bus Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Interstate Express Services
  • Services that run between capital cities.
  • Intrastate Express Services
  • Services that run within states and between regional centres that are not well covered by public transport.
  • Passenger Kilometres
  • The number of passengers carried multiplied by the distance travelled.
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