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Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

Name: Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002

Identifier: F2011C00213

Issuing Organisation: Australian Government

Country: Australia

Language: English

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Availability: Free to Access

Type: National legislation

Issue Year: 2002 (Reissued 2011)

Forward Review Date: 2010

Fields: Travel, Transport, and Mobility 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Carers, Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 seeks to eliminate discrimination, ‘as far as possible’, against people with disabilities. Public transport is a service covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

– Purpose

The purpose of these Standards is to enable public transport operators and providers to remove discrimination from public transport services.

– Acknowledgment of rights of passengers, operators and providers

In prescribing how public transport is to be made accessible, these Standards acknowledge certain rights of passengers, operators and providers, as well as imposing some responsibilities.

– Application of Standards

These Standards apply to the widest possible range of people with disabilities as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

These Standards apply to all operators and the conveyances they use to provide public transport services. They also apply to providers and supporting premises and infrastructure.

– Guidelines

These Standards are accompanied by Guidelines. Passengers, operators and providers need to consult the Guidelines when interpreting these Standards

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing:

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Adopted as legislation by the Australian government


The guidelines attached to these Australian standards (enforced as legislation) apply to all passengers and providers, as stated in the abstract. Thus they are relevant for older people as well, in particular as it concerns accessibility of public transport.

Note: the Abstract published in this web page was extracted from the full text of the document as available at the URL indicated in “Link to standard”.

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