Have your say – Improving Access (Disability Action Plan)

Take this chance to provide feedback on the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads draft Disability Action Plan. You’ll need to be quick though, the consultation process closes May 9th.

You can access both the draft plan and feedback survey on the Department’s website.

An overview of the plan:

People with disability should be afforded the right of access to mainstream services, such as transport, health, education, public places and spaces. Removing social and physical barriers to access and mobility can help improve the lives of people with disability by enabling all to use passenger transport services and allow genuine participation in the community.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) requires that people with disability be given equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to the full range of life activities, including access to the goods, services and facilities provided by government departments and agencies. The DDA encourages organisations to develop disability action plans to assist an organisation to plan the elimination of disability discrimination as far as possible. Developing and implementing an action plan is a voluntary, proactive approach to DDA compliance.

The Transport and Main Roads Disability Action Plan – Improving Access to 2017 (Disability Action Plan) sets out how the department will contribute to making the Queensland passenger transport network more accessible for people with disability.

The Disability Action Plan contains new actions and highlights ongoing activities that are aimed at improving the experience of travelling on the passenger transport network for people with disability. Therefore it assists in the implementation of the Queensland Disability Plan, which includes a priority to promote genuine participation in the community by making it easier to access a range of transport options and make public transport more accessible.

Actions included in the Disability Action Plan will assist in achieving the 2017 compliance milestones within the Transport Standards and the Premises Standards. The Transport Standards and the Premises Standards aim to enable public transport operators and providers to remove discrimination from public transport services.

The Disability Action Plan also helps to deliver on The Queensland Plan: a 30-year vision for Queensland (Queensland Plan) by contributing to key foundation areas such as infrastructure, community and regions.