Accessibility Temporary Exemptions Reports

Passenger rail services exist to transport the community and thus ARA member passenger rail operators view their role in providing access for all in the community with the utmost importance.  As complete access cannot be achieved immediately, Australia’s rail industry continues to be committed to achieving continuous improvements.  This ensures rail is actively enhancing the access it provides for all individuals in our communities.

On 1 October 2015, ARA Members were granted temporary exemptions to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (‘DDA’); the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth) (‘Transport Standards’); and the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (Cth) (‘Premises Standards’).

As part of the temporary exemptions granted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, progress reports must be tabled publicly. While the detail against each temporary exemption is provided in each report, the ARA Cover Letter highlights some key achievements of ARA members during the past 12 months. It is the industry’s belief that over time these annual reports to the Australian Human Rights Commission will highlight rail’s commitment to and achievement of continual improvements.

The 2020 reports, for the 12-month period to 30 September 2020 are provided by jurisdiction:

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For more information please contact Emma Woods, Director - Corporate Services via or 02 6270 4507.