Passenger Rail

Disability access the focus of draft guide

The Australian Government is welcoming submissions for its review into disability access on public transport.

Federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester on Thursday released the consultation draft for a new guide aimed at improving disability access on transport systems across the nation.

Chester said stakeholder feedback was critical to ensuring the transport needs of those with disabilities were understood.

“This is an issue that affects the entire community,” he said.

“From commuters’ rights through to community organisations, disability access on our public transport system is an issue that impacts thousands of people every day.

“The Coalition Government is committed to getting this right, and part of that is responding to the second review Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 which we released in 2015.”

Once completed, the guide will be aimed at policy makers, planners, designers, builders, certifiers and operators.

“Getting people’s feedback on the draft guide is a big part of getting the system right to ensure support across the whole journey,” Chester continued.

“The final result will be better and far more accessible public transport systems throughout Australia that meet the needs of all members of the community.”

Submissions to The Whole Journey: A Guide for thinking beyond compliance to create accessible public transport journeys close on 31 May, and feedback will be utilised to finalise the Guide.