Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport – 2018


The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has released the Issues Paper for the Third Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). The Transport Standards were the first standards made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and commenced in October 2002. The Transport Standards were made to enable public transport operators and providers to remove discrimination from public transport services by providing specific details about the standards they need to meet.

BCA is seeking feedback on the experience of public transport for people who are blind or vision impaired, particularly over the last 5 years since the previous review of the Transport Standards in 2012.

We are holding 3 teleconferences on the review of the Transport Standards:

  • Thursday 18 October 7pm – 8:30pm AEDT
  • Monday 22 October 11am – 12:30pm AEDT
  • Tuesday 23 October 7pm – 8:30pm AEDT

These teleconferences will be capped at 15 participants, so call us on 1800 033 660 to register your attendance. If these dates do not suit you or if you prefer, you can give feedback via email to using the subject line “Transport Review Feedback” or call the office on 1800 033 660, or 03 9654 1400 to give your feedback by phone.

All feedback must be received by Friday 26th October 2018.

Please find below a briefing for BCA members that includes the relevant questions from the Government’s Issues Paper released in August 2018 as well as other materials relating to this topic.

BCA submissions


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Submission on the Review of the NDIS ACT

The Australian Government commissioned an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) (NDIS Act), as required under Section 208 of the NDIS Act. In accordance with this legislative requirement, Disability Ministers had agreed that Ernst & Young (EY) conduct the review.
The purpose of the review is to assess the operation of the legislative framework (comprising the NDIS Act and the NDIS Rules) and develop recommendations as to whether any improvements can be made to better support the objectives and principles of the NDIS Act.

The Blind Citizens Australia submission to the then released discussion paper can be found here: BCA NDIS ACT Review October 2015 (Word doc)

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Review 2012: Response to the Draft Review Report – July 2014

While access to public transport has improved in a number of ways since
the implementation of the standards in 2002, and the first five year review in 2007, there continue to be a number of barriers preventing people who are blind or vision impaired from enjoying full access to the transport experience. We are also greatly concerned about the lower levels of compliance reported in rural and regional areas and strongly believe that low levels of demand for accessible public transport should not negate the need to provide a service that is universally accessible.

These and other aspects were outlined in the Blind Citizens Australia’s response to the 2012 Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Draft Review Report. You can find a copy of our submission on our Submissions page