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Better disability access for public transport networks

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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Media Statement

23 March 2017

Better disability access for public transport networks

 Comments being sought on a draft new guide to promote complete, seamless public transport for users with disabilities, as part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring accessible public transport for people with disability

The Australian Government has released the consultation draft of a new Guide to improve disability access public transport systems across the nation.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren 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. From commuters’ rights through to community organisations, disability access on our public transport system is an issue that impacts thousands of people every day,” Mr Chester said.

“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.

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

“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.”

The Guide will be an important tool to help policy makers, planners, designers, builders, certifiers and operators think beyond compliance and the physical and governance boundaries of services.

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.

For more information on the Guide, or to make a submission, visit:

Media Contact: Kate Barwick 0408 072 809