Access to public transport enables Australians to work or study, visit family and friends, and access critical services such as healthcare. However, one in six people aged 15 years and over with disability have difficulty using public transport. Without equitable access to public transport, discrimination can arise.

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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.

Reform of the Transport Standards

On 20 March 2024, the Australian Government announced that it is reforming the Transport Standards. 

The reforms aim to improve public transport accessibility and remove discrimination against people with disability. The reforms were developed in collaboration with people with disability, the public transport industry and state and territory governments. 

2022 Review of the Transport Standards

A separate review is underway to assess whether the Transport Standards are effectively removing discrimination against 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 was open until 30 June 2023. A Government approvals process is underway to finalise the 2022 Review.

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