Appendix 4 – Policy frameworks

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2008

Australia ratified the Convention on 17 July 2008, making it one of the first Western countries to do so. By ratifying the Convention, Australia has joined other countries around the world in a global effort to promote the equal and active participation of all people with disability.

The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all people with disability, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. People with disability include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

More details can be found here: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/

National Disability Strategy

The National Disability Strategy is part of a cooperative approach by Australian governments to support Australians with disability. The strategy was developed in partnership with all Australian states and territories and gives effect to Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the UN Convention.

A key policy direction under the National Disability Strategy is a “public, private and community transport system that is accessible for the whole community”. Given the importance of mobility to all other social participation outcomes for people with disability, the National Disability Strategy signals the Commonwealth’s intention to monitor adherence to and evaluate the effectiveness of the Transport Standards, and to improve the accessibility of reports.

More details can be found here: https://www.dss.gov.au/

NSW Disability Inclusion Plan

The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan aligns with the National Disability Strategy and obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It outlines the NSW Government’s commitment to identifying and breaking down the barriers which prevent people with disability from enjoying the same opportunities and choices as everyone else. The plan has four focus areas:

  • Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours.
  • Creating liveable communities.
  • Supporting access to meaningful employment.
  • Improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes.

The focus areas of the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Plan guide that of the Transport for NSW Disability Inclusion Action Plan, with some modifications to better suit the transport portfolio.

The NSW Disability Inclusion plan can be found here: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about/inclusion/advisory-councils/disability/inclusion-plans 

NSW Ageing Strategy

The NSW Ageing Strategy describes how the NSW Government will ensure that:

  • Seniors lead active and rewarding lives and are valued members of the community.
  • Adults make decisions that support their independence and wellbeing later in life.
  • NSW responds effectively to the challenges and opportunities of population ageing.

The NSW Ageing Strategy includes initiatives to ensure that public and private transport services are accessible to older people, pedestrian and road safety of older people is improved, and the transition of older people from drivers to non-drivers is better managed.

More details can be found at: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about/inclusion/ageing