2007 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

The 2007 Review

Section 31 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 provides that the Attorney-General may formulate standards in relation to the provision of public transport services and facilities. The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (the Transport Standards) were made under Section 31, and took effect on 23 October 2002. Information on the Transport Standards is available on the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department website.

Part 34 of the Transport Standards requires the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, in consultation with the Attorney-General, to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards. A review is required within five years of the Transport Standards coming into effect and every five years thereafter.

The Allen Consulting Group was engaged to undertake the 2007 review of the Transport Standards.

Terms of Reference

In line with the requirements of Part 34 of the Transport Standards, the objectives of the project were to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards and:

  • assess whether discrimination has been removed, as far as possible, according to the requirements for compliance set out in Schedule 1 of the Transport Standards;
  • assess the need for any amendments to the Transport Standards; and
  • make recommendations for any necessary amendments to the Transport Standards.

The review's terms of reference are available for download.

The purpose of the review is to inform the Australian Government's consideration of the future direction, structure and operation of the Transport Standards. Further background information for this review is provided on our background information page.

Issues Paper

The review's issues paper was released in May 2007 to assist stakeholders in providing submissions and is available for download.

The following is a shortened issues paper for people with an intellectual disability.

Public Submissions and Hearings

The Final Report

The final report on the review, prepared by the Allen Consulting Group, was released by the Australian Government on 3 June 2011. The final report is available for download.

The Allen Consulting Group also undertook further analysis on one of the key recommendations outlined in the final report. A copy of the ‘RIS analysis of Dedicated School Bus exclusions option’ is available for download.

The Government Response

Following close consideration of the review final report and its recommendations, the Australian Government finalised a response to the review. The Government's response was released in conjunction with the final report on 3 June 2011 and is available for download.

For information on the Review please contact the Department via the Secretariat mailbox at: DisabilitiesTransportAccessSecretariat@infrastructure.gov.au

Recording of the Executive Summary of the Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

Recording of the Executive Summary of the Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

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Last Updated: 26 August, 2014