7 April 2021
In February 2021, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications published the Reform of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (Consultation RIS).
This Consultation RIS sets out reform options for 16 areas of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). These include: Staff training and communication, mobility aid safety, priority seating, and allocated seating in transit, amongst many more.
The Department is seeking public feedback on whether the proposed reform options will improve public transport accessibility for people with disability and whether they will enhance the public transport experience for all Australians.
At MS Australia, we'd like to encourage you to provide your feedback on the proposed reforms to the Transport Standards and your public transport experiences more generally, across all areas of public transport – buses, coaches, trains, tram, taxis, ferries and planes.
Whether you have a disability, work in the disability or transport sector, work with or know people who have a disability or are just an interested public transport user, you're feedback is encouraged.
The Department will be hosting six online consultation forums to support public participation and provide an open platform to encourage feedback. The consultation forums will be held over two weeks, commencing the 12th of April, 2021.
To find out more information about the online consultation forums or to register your interest, please visit: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/disabilities/have-your-say/
You can also share your public transport stories with us at MS Australia by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your stories and feedback will help to inform our submission.