Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Making Public Transport More Accessible for Disabled Passengers

Media Release

WT103/2014

02 July 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss is encouraging anyone with an interest in disability access to comment on a review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.

The deadline for submissions is 14 July 2014.

Mr Truss said that the Transport Standards aim to recognise that access to public transport enables people with disabilities to more fully participate in the workforce and community life.

“These standards, which operate under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, are an important piece of legislation for public transport operators and providers and are designed to remove barriers that may prevent people with disabilities from being full participants in our society,” Mr Truss said.

“While especially important for people with disabilities, accessible public transport benefits all Australians, including older citizens and parents with prams.”

Mr Truss said the 2014 public submissions process will give customers, people with disabilities, community organisations and public transport providers a fresh opportunity to review the Transport Standards and engage to make them relevant to modern needs.

“Greater customer insight and engagement with the issues faced by people with disability will work towards eliminating barriers, including discrimination,” he said.

“Comments on the review will help the Government to deliver a more thorough final report that addresses important issues and encourages productive working relationships between jurisdictions, industry and the disability sector.

“Ultimately, a more accessible public transport system will mean greater participation by people with disability and a more inclusive and productive society to the benefit of all Australians.”

Details of the review are available on the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website at www.infrastructure.gov.au/transportstandards until 14 July 2014.