Access to public transport enables Australians to work or study, visit family and friends, and access critical services such as healthcare. However, one in 6 people aged 15 years and over with disability have difficulty using public transport. Without equitable access to public transport, discrimination can arise.
What are the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards)?
In Australia, public transport operators and providers are required to make their services accessible for people with disability. This is managed through the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). The Transport Standards are developed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
- Further information is available on our Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 page.
Have your say – 2022 Review of the Transport Standards
We're seeking your feedback on whether the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (the Transport Standards) are effectively removing discrimination for people with disability on public transport services.
The 2022 Review of the Transport Standards discussion paper was publicly released for consultation on 22 December 2022. Public consultation is open until 30 June 2023.
- Further information, including the discussion paper, translations and ways to have your say is available on the 2022 Review of the Transport Standards page.
Reform of the Transport Standards
During 2021 and 2022, the Australian Government held public consultations to investigate the impacts, costs and benefits associated of potential reforms to the Transport Standards.
Feedback from the consultation process will support evidence-based analysis and recommendations on the reforms for consideration by Transport Ministers in mid‑2023.
- Further information about reform areas and an overview of public consultation activities is available on the Stage 2 Reforms page.
- Public submissions to the Stage 2 Consultation RIS can be viewed on the Stage 2 Reform of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 Have Your Say page.
2022 Review of the Transport Standards
For more information about Stage 2 of the reform process, including summary documents (in Easy English, Auslan and languages other than English) and public consultation resources, click here.
Reform of the Transport Standards
The Australian Government is leading a process to reform the Transport Standards to ensure they remain efficient and effective, are fit for purpose and meet the current needs of Australian society.
Reviews of the Transport Standards
The Transport Standards requires the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, in consultation with the Attorney-General, to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards every five years.
Whole Journey Guide
The Whole Journey: A guide for thinking beyond compliance, seeks to encourage thinking beyond compliance and the physical and governance boundaries of services and infrastructure, and focus instead on people's accessibility needs across their whole journey.
People with Disability and Connected and Automated Vehicle
In 2021, the Department partnered with the LaTrobe University and the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre to investigate how connected and automated vehicles fit within current regulations and what is needed to ensure whole journey accessibility for people with disability.