Implementation of 2012 Review

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

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.

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 Whole Journey Guide

In response to the recommendation of the second review. the Australian Government has developed a consultation draft 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.

The Consultation Draft of The Whole Journey: A guide for thinking beyond compliance to create accessible public transport journeys has been released for comment by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Audio of the full Consultation Draft (2:24 hours) and for each chapter (11 parts) is available on The Whole Journey Guide audio page.

Submissions on the Guide Consultation Draft should be lodged by 31 May 2017.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice: All submissions will be treated as public documents unless the documents are clearly marked on the coversheet as being provided ‘IN CONFIDENCE’ in accordance with Departments Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice contained within the Consultation Draft of the Guide (Section 7.3). This notice provides information on: the purpose for which your submission is being sought, how information will be stored, published and otherwise communicated, how confidential information should be provided and how it will be used, and the Department’s privacy policy concerning complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department.

Lodgment of Submissions: Submissions should be sent by either mail or email to one of the following addresses.

Email: dsaptwholejourney@infrastructure.gov.au

Mail:
Director – Road Safety Policy and Transport Standards
Road Safety and Productivity Branch
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

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Last Updated: 9 March, 2017