Have your say: making public transport more accessible

Media Release

DC442/2017

17 December 2017

  • Terms of Reference revealed for review to assess the effectiveness of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002
  • All stakeholders encouraged to make submissions

The Australian Government has today released the Terms of Reference for the 2017 review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the review will assess whether the standards have been effectively applied to remove, as far as possible, discriminatory impediments to people with a disability accessing public transport.

“The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) recognise the importance of providing permanently and temporarily disabled people with easy access to public transport so they can fully participate in the community,” Mr Chester said.

“This is the third review of the standards and is designed to help make public transport safer and more accessible.

“While especially helpful for people with a disability, accessible public transport benefits all Australians, particularly older citizens and people with infants in prams.

“Stakeholders are invited to provide written submissions in response to either the Terms of Reference or the Issues Paper which is scheduled to be released in early 2018.

“There will be a series of public consultation sessions on the review next year,” Mr Chester said.

Further information on the Transport Standards review is available at: infrastructure.gov.au/transport/disabilities/index.aspx#third_review.