Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 417. Updated Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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Transport stands up for disability

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has invited public comment on proposed new standards for access to public transport by people with disability.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss said people had until 14 July 2014 to comment on a review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.

Mr Truss said that the Transport Standards aimed to recognise that access to public transport enabled people with disabilities to more fully participate in the workforce and community life.

"These standards, which operate under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, are an important piece of legislation for public transport operators and providers and are designed to remove barriers that may prevent people with disabilities from being full participants in our society," he said.

"While especially important for people with disabilities, accessible public transport benefits all Australians, including older citizens and parents with prams."

Proposed standards out for comment

Mr Truss said the 2014 public submissions process would give passengers, people with disabilities, community organisations and public transport providers a fresh opportunity to review the Transport Standards and engage to make them relevant to modern needs.

"Greater customer insight and engagement with the issues faced by people with disability will work towards eliminating barriers, including discrimination," he said.

"Comments on the review will help the Government to deliver a more thorough final report that addresses important issues and encourages productive working relationships between jurisdictions, industry and the disability sector."

Details of the review are available on the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website until 14 July 2014 at this PS News link.

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