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Reviews of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards)

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Part 34 of 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 within 5 years of them taking effect, with subsequent reviews to be undertaken every 5 years.

The reviews must consider whether discrimination has been removed as far as possible, according to the requirements for compliance set out in Schedule 1; and any necessary amendments to the Transport Standards.

Since the release of the Transport Standards there have been two reviews—the 2007 Review and the 2012 Review. Following the second review report and Australian Government response the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is working towards implementation of the review recommendations in collaboration with the disability sector, state and territory governments and public transport representative bodies. The major focus has been on the reform of the Transport Standards and development of The Whole Journey Guide.

The third review of the Transport Standards is being undertaken by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications in consultation with the Attorney-General's Department.

For more information on past reviews, see Past reviews of the Transport Standards.

The Third Review of Transport Standards

Terms of Reference

As required by Part 34 of the Transport Standards, the third five-year review of the Transport Standards is being undertaken by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, in consultation with the Attorney-General's Department. Once complete the Department will provide a final written report for consideration by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, in consultation with the Attorney-General. The Department anticipates that the report will be provided to Government in 2021.

Scope

  • As required by Part 34 of the Transport Standards, the 2017 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.
  • The Review will focus on:
    • reporting public views 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 3 of Schedule 1;
    • identifying initiatives and actions with respect to removing discrimination from public transport services undertaken by state and territory governments since the 2012 Review; and
    • assessing the progress of the implementation of the response to the 2012 Review

Issues Paper

The Transport Standards review Issues Paper is available for download and submissions closed on 30 November 2018.

  • The Third Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) DOCX: 1870 KB PDF: 487 KB

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Public Submissions

Public submissions to the Third Review are now available.