Legislative and policy context

The Disability Inclusion Act 2014 requires all government departments to develop Disability Inclusion Action Plans. This Plan is an update of Transport for NSW’s Disability Action Plan 2012–2017.

The Transport for NSW Disability Inclusion Action Plan outlines practical measures to be taken across the Transport cluster to meet the objectives and principles of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014. These measures will also assist Transport for NSW to meet its obligations under the Transport Standards.

Other than compliance with legislation, the Plan is guided by the social model of disability, outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The social model views people with disability as not being disabled by their impairment but by the barriers in the community that prevent them gaining equal access to information, services, transport, housing, education, training, employment and social opportunities.

A detailed summary of relevant legislation, standards and policies is in Appendix 3.

From 1 July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out in stages over three years across  Australia. The Scheme will give people with disability in NSW more choice and control over their lives and the services they access. Transport services in NSW, along with other services, will need to adapt to meet the unique needs and life goals of people with disability.

Providing accessible services for everyone in the community is identified as one of six priorities for Transport for NSW’s Future Transport Strategy. While this Plan outlines the actions that will be taken over the next 5 years, Future Transport is a new approach to long term transport planning, using a digital experience to find out what services customers want over the next 40 years.

In 2016, with the release of the Future Transport Technology Roadmap, the discussion opened about how technology can be used to transform transport services across NSW. Future Transport will underpin planning for transport infrastructure and services that meets customer demands.

The Strategy will be a ‘living document’ that is updated through the Future Transport website. The final Strategy and supporting plans will be released in 2018.