Change in Transport Standards

The Transport Standards are Changing!

Recently, the Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government announced the Australian Government is reforming the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards).

The reforms aim to improve accessibility across the whole public transport journey, including the training of public transport staff to better meet the needs of people with disability and making it easier to find and understand information to plan your trip.

The reforms will also aim to improve accessibility at stops and stations, making it easier to get on and off while ensuring safety and amenity on board public transport services.

Transport Standards Reform Process

More than 500 participants took part in a range of consultation events and activities including surveys, webinars, focus groups and written submissions during the reform process and the Australian Government thanks everyone who engaged.

A summary document outlining the reform process and 76 reform areas is available, including in Easy English, Auslan and languages other than English. The full Decision Regulation Impact Statements for both stages of reform are also available.

The Transport Standards will be amended to reflect the new legal requirements that public transport operators and providers will need to meet.

More information will be available to users and operators and providers of public transport in the lead up to the updated Transport Standards coming into effect.

  • You can keep up to date by visiting our website, emailing us at or calling 1800 621 372.

Kind regards
Disability and Transport Standards team

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