Access to public transport makes it possible for people with a disability to participate in all aspects of community life. In Australia almost one in 5 people is reported as living with some form of a disability. People with a disability experience significant disadvantages due to public transport inaccessibility.
To ensure the needs of people with a disability are considered, the Disability Standard for Accessible Public Transport establishes minimum accessibility standards and time frames for compliance for public transport, infrastructure, and premises. The standard issued by the Australian Government provides guidance to public transport operators and providers to meet their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The Act seeks to eliminate discrimination, as far as possible, against people with disability.
This audit will assess whether access to public transport has improved for people with a disability. It will also assess how entities comply with the minimum accessibility standards.
- Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Queensland Rail
- Brisbane City Council.