The Australian Government recognises that access to public transport is critical for people with disability in order for them to participate fully in community life and the economy. The Australian Government is committed to reducing discrimination against people with disability and to improving accessibility to public transport in collaboration with state and territory governments. The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 seeks to drive a more inclusive approach to the design of policies, programs and infrastructure so that people with disability can participate as equal citizens in all areas of Australian life. An important outcome of the Strategy is for people with disability to live in accessible and well-designed communities where transport systems are accessible for the whole community. Ultimately, greater access and participation will lead to a more inclusive and productive society for the disability community and Australia as a whole.
In order to achieve this goal the Australian Government with the cooperation of states and territories enacted the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) on 23 October 2002. Since then the Transport Standards have provided guidance to public transport providers and operators in meeting their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and contributed to making public transport more accessible to not only people with disability but also the elderly and parents with prams.
The Australian Government therefore welcomes the findings of the second legislated review of the Transport Standards which reports on the effectiveness and efficiency of the standards 10 years after their introduction.
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