Comments invited on disability transport standards draft report

Media Release

WT066/2014

09 May 2014

Transport accessibility for Australians with a disability is under the spotlight, with a draft review on the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 released for public comment today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Transport Standards recognise that access to public transport enables people with disabilities to fully participate in community life.

“These standards, which operate under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, are an important piece of legislation for public transport operators and providers to ensure the removal of discrimination against people with disability,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is committed to removing barriers for people with disability wherever we can.”

“Accessible public transport also has added benefits for all Australians, particularly older citizens and parents with prams.”

Mr Truss said that he would encourage people with disability as well as community, industry and government organisations to provide their feedback on the draft report.

“The draft report assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of Transport Standards in removing transport discrimination,” he said.

“The review heard from stakeholders through 95 written submissions and at 13 public consultation sessions held throughout Australia.”

To access the draft report and provide feedback, visit infrastructure.gov.au/transportstandards.

Written submissions on the draft report close 14 July 2014.