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What are the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002?

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All public transport services, including associated vehicles and infrastructure, are subject to the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002* (the standards), which fall under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA Standard). In the majority of cases, bus stops are owned and maintained by local government bodies that are responsible for compliance with the standards.

Target dates

Bus stops built from 2002 must comply with the standards. There are 4 target dates for all existing bus stops to be compliant:

Target datePercentage of bus stops to comply by target date
31 December 2007 25%
31 December 2012 55%
31 December 2017 90%
31 December 2022 100%

Working together with councils

Transport and Main Roads has secured additional grant funding of $27 million over the next 17 years, to assist councils in complying with the bus stop Disability Discrimination Act Standard.

Much of this funding will be used to provide councils with infrastructure grants. These grants will be made available on successful completion of a Bus Stop Financial Assistance Plan.

When the plan is approved, the submitting council will receive a 50% subsidy of the cost of making bus stops compliant with the standards.

The department is also assisting councils by providing a recommended statewide standard, which will outline a compliant bus stop design, and technical advice.

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Last updated
24 August 2017