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Accessible and inclusive transport allows everyone to participate in our community through access to employment, health, education, recreation and culture.

This strategy will guide us in building an accessible and inclusive transport system.

The TMR vision is to create a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone, with the purpose of bringing Queensland closer together. All Queenslanders, irrespective of where they live and work, can expect to have appropriate transport choices and fair access to the transport system.

However, in Queensland significant barriers to transport use remain and not everyone currently has the same opportunities in using the transport system; it is especially the vulnerable of our society who need to be considered:

  • 18 per cent of Queenslanders have a disability and 261,000 Queenslanders of all ages have a profound disability. 22.9 per cent of people with a disability need assistance with mobility. You are twice as likely to be unemployed if you have a disability (Australia Bureau of Statistics, Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015)
  • People are living longer and, with age, the requirement for assistance and the probability of impairment increases. In 2017, 15 per cent of Australians were aged 65 or over. It is estimated that by 2057, 22 per cent of the population will be aged 65 or over. At 65 Australians can expect to live approximately half of their remaining years with some level of disability (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015).
  • There are approximately 220,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland, estimated at 4.6 per cent of the total population (Australia Bureau of Statistics Census 2016), some who live in very remote areas of Queensland. 36 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have some form of disability (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015).
  • Our society is becoming more culturally diverse, 12 per cent of Queenslanders speak a language other than English at home (Australia Bureau of Statistics Census 2016).
  • Queensland is home to people from more than 220 countries, 220 languages spoken, 100 religious beliefs (Australia Bureau of Statistics Census 2011)
  • In 2018-19 international visitors to Queensland increased to 2.8 million, with 8.5 million visitors to Australia (Tourism and Events Queensland, 2019. International Tourism Snapshot – Year ending Sep 2019)
  • In 2018-19 Queensland domestic visitors reached 25.3 million (Tourism and Events Queensland, 2019. Total International and Domestic Fact Sheet Year Ending Sep 2019)
  • Not everyone can afford transport. It is estimated that 28.3 per cent of Queensland’s working population earns less than $499 a week (Australia Bureau of Statistics Census 2016).

The above statistics emphasises the importance of a whole-of-department AIS.

Accessible and inclusive transport is a critical to breaking down barriers to accessing employment, health, education recreations, community and culture. We are proud to have the role of connecting people, places, goods and services safely, efficiently and effectively across Queensland.

It is equally important that as a department we drive diversity and inclusion in our recruitment, career pathways and our work places. Making sure our business practices and work places enable everyone (including vulnerable or marginalised people) to be included. Queensland Public sector diversity targets1 :

  • 50 per cent of women in all Senior Officer, Senior Executive Service and above (including Section 122)
  • 3 per cent of staff Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • 8 per cent People with disability
  • 10 per cent to include employees from non-English speaking backgrounds

Department of Transport and Main Roads2 :

By 2022 TMR aim to have the following workforce representation

  • 38 per cent of women in all Senior Officer / Senior Executive Service roles
  • 3% of employees to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • 6.5% People with disability/disabilities
  • 9.5% to include employees from non-English speaking backgrounds

1-Queensland Government Inclusion and Diversity Targets, 2016.

2-Department of Transport and Main Roads Inclusion and Diversity Strategy 2016-2020.

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Last updated 16 July 2020