Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

The Review

Part 34 of the Transport Standards required the second five-year legislated review to commence in 2012. This review was undertaken by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in consultation with the Attorney-General's Department, the Accessible Public Transport Jurisdictional Committee, the Accessible Public Transport National Advisory Committee and the Aviation Access Forum. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development provided a final written report for consideration by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development in consultation with the Attorney-General.

Terms of Reference

Scope

  1. As required by Part 34 of the Transport Standards, the 2012 Review will review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards and will:
  • 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; and
  • advise on any necessary amendments to the Transport Standards.
  1. The Review will focus on:
  • reporting public views of people with disability, and the community generally, on progress towards achievement of targets set out in the Transport Standards;
  • assessing compliance with the requirements set out in Schedule 1 of the Transport Standards, in particular those under Part 2 of Schedule 1;
  • identifying initiatives and actions with respect to removing discrimination from public transport services undertaken by state and territory governments since the 2007 Review; and
  • assessing the progress of the implementation of the response to the 2007 Review.

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

Issues Paper

The Transport Standards review Issues Paper was made available for download with the closing date for submissions of 31 May 2013.

Public Submissions

Below is a link to a list of all submissions provided to the Department. Submissions marked confidential or those that were determined to contain private or confidential information have not been provided in full. All submissions provided to the Department were given consideration in the conduct of the review.

‘The submissions published on this website have been made available as part of a public consultation process. The submissions do not necessarily represent the views of the Department or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action’

Draft Report

The draft report of the review was publicly released by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 9 May 2014.

Final Report and Australian Government Response

The final report and Australian Government response on the second review was publicly released by the Australian Government on 10 July 2015. The final report and Australian Government response is available for download

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

Implementation of Recommendations

Following the release of the review report and Australian Government response the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has been progressing the implementation of the review recommendations. Of these, the major focus has been on Recommendation 1 and Recommendation 4.

Recommendation 1—Modernisation of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards)

The Australian Government recognised that 13 years after inception some parts of the Transport Standards may not be meeting the current and future needs of people with disability or provide sufficient flexibility or guidance to providers and operators in their efforts to fulfil their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

The Department is working with the National Accessible Public Transport Advisory Committee (NAPTAC) to modernise the standards. The current work program is addressing the first tranche of issues which will inform the release of a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on modernisation proposals later in 2017. This will inform future amendments to the Standards.

Second tranche issues and opportunities will begin to be considered in mid 2017 with a view undertaking a Regulation Impact Statement process in 2019.

Community consultation

These processes will, as a matter of course, involve wide-spread community consultation. Further details will be provided on this webpage when confirmed.

Recommendation 4—Development of: The Whole Journey: A guide for thinking beyond compliance to create accessible public transport journeys

Recommendation 4 of the Second Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport proposed the development of accessibility guidelines for a whole of journey approach to public transport to act as a planning tool.

The Australian Government supported this recommendation, which has resulted in the development of The Whole Journey: A guide for thinking beyond compliance to create accessible public transport journeys.

The Guide has been prepared to encourage policy makers, planners, designers, builders, certifiers and operators to think beyond compliance and the physical and governance boundaries of services and infrastructure and focus instead on people's accessibility needs across their whole journey.

This requires changing the focus from providing compliant public transport infrastructure or services to focus on enabling people to have a travel experience that is accessible, comfortable, seamless, efficient and cost effective.

This whole journey approach to public transport requires cooperation and dialogue between those who deliver, service and use parts of the journey with everyone working together to identify issues, solutions and opportunities.

Consultation on the draft Guide is planned to commence in early February 2017 with the consultation period extending to late April 2017. Further details will be provided on this webpage following release of the Consultation Draft.

Further Information

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

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Last Updated: 1 February, 2017