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

Improving public transport access for people with disability

Media Release

WT209/2015

10 July 2015

The Australian Government has responded to the findings and recommendations of the second review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002, and is committed to ensuring tangible improvements are made.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Transport Standards are in place to ensure people with disability have the opportunity to engage and participate in the community.

“The recommendations of the second review supersede those of the 2007 Review as they reflect the latest findings and issues relating to the Transport Standards,” Mr Truss said.

“Although progress has been slower than some would like, we are keen to see positive action emerge from these recommendations.

“The second review identifies a number of key recommendations which would create significant improvements in the accessibility of public transport systems if fully implemented.

“Although there are some challenges in fully implementing the recommendations, the Australian Government is committed to overcoming these obstacles to achieve positive outcomes for people with disability.”

Mr Truss said many of our major train stations are legacy assets, built over 100 years ago, and these require significant and costly modifications to make them fully accessible to not only people with disability but also the elderly.

“A crucial issue identified in the second review was the need to modernise the Transport Standards to be able to respond to rapidly changing technology. This may provide more flexibility for transport operators and improved provision of information,” Mr Truss said.

“Operators and providers of public transport face a difficult and costly job to make our public transport systems more accessible, but progress is needed sooner not later.

“I look forward to seeing future improvement in public transport accessibility which will significantly improve the quality of life for those living with disability.”

To access the final report and the Australian Government's response, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/transportstandards