The first review of the implementation of the actions from the Disability Action Plan was completed at the start of 2016.
Some of the implemented actions from within the Disability Action Plan include the following key achievements:
- released the updated Public Transport Infrastructure Manual
- provided funding assistance to local governments to improve the accessibility of passenger transport infrastructure
- implemented the Gold Coast Light Rail
- implemented the go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass
- released updated educational material about travelling with mobility devices on passenger transport
- made the TransLink website more accessible
- established the Transport and Main Roads Accessibility Reference Group.
Progress on the implementation of all of the actions as at the half way point, that is, December 2015 is contained in the table below.
To deliver an accessible end-to-end journey for all our customers using the passenger transport network in Queensland.
|1.1||Provide funding through the Passenger Transport Facilities Program to upgrade existing, and provide new, accessible passenger transport infrastructure across Queensland.||Ongoing|
|1.2||Continue to provide co-contribution funding grants to local government through the Passenger Transport Accessible Infrastructure Program to assist with upgrading passenger transport infrastructure to meet the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 compliance milestones for 2017 and improve customer accessibility.||Ongoing|
|1.3||Update and promote the Public Transport Infrastructure Manual, which includes standard drawings and specifications focusing on the reasoning and requirements to build and upgrade accessible infrastructure across Queensland.||Complete|
|1.4||Develop planning and design guidelines and other reference documents to support the department and local governments to achieve an accessible integrated passenger transport network.||Complete|
|1.5||Implement a light rail system that is accessible for people with disability (Gold Coast Light Rail).||Complete|
|1.6||Ensure all service contracts (excluding excepted services) with transport operators contain consistent clauses that require compliance with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 and the reporting of compliance levels with these standards on request from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.||In progress|
|1.7||Investigate opportunities for innovative solutions to assist Vision Impairment Travel Pass holders to have independent access through fare gates.||Complete|
|1.8||Collaborate with operators and local governments to implement initiatives which support the delivery of an integrated accessible passenger transport network. These include collaborating with delivery partners to trial a customer help/assistance point.||In progress|
|1.9||Monitor advances in passenger transport service delivery in other Australian and international jurisdictions to identify any opportunities for improving the accessibility of the Queensland passenger transport network.||Ongoing|
To deliver an improved customer experience for people with disability when travelling on the passenger transport network.
|2.1||Provide orientation and mobility sessions for disability groups to explore and become familiar with Transport and Main Roads' passenger transport infrastructure and increase awareness of the existence of these sessions amongst the community.||Ongoing|
|2.2||Raise awareness amongst operators about the tools used by people with disability that assist them to use the passenger transport network.||Complete|
|2.3||Collaborate with industry to investigate options for improving access into and out of wheelchair accessible taxis for people with mobility issues, such as frail aged or those relocating from a mobility device to a fixed seat.||Complete|
|2.4||Work with industry and operators to highlight the benefits and importance of drivers undertaking disability awareness training.||In progress|
|2.5||Undertake research to understand the difficulties faced by customers with disability and older and frail customers hailing and boarding a bus at major bus stations, using a lead stop bus operation arrangement to inform possible solutions.||Complete|
To support people with disability by enhancing the availability and accessibility of information relating to the passenger transport network.
|3.1||Produce updated educational material for people travelling with mobility devices on the passenger transport network.||Complete|
|3.2||Improve TransLink website accessibility by achieving an "AA" rating in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0).||Complete|
|3.3||Include information about accessible passenger transport infrastructure in passenger information.||In progress|
|3.4||Investigate more effective methods for providing customer information about facility maintenance issues that impede accessibility for people with disability at bus, rail and light rail stations and ferry terminals.||In progress|
|3.5||Communicate and raise awareness of new infrastructure or conveyances that meet or exceed Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002.||Ongoing|
|3.6||Expand and enable the use of technology so that people with disability travelling on the passenger transport network are informed through a variety of information formats.||In progress|
|3.7||Investigate improvements to complaints systems regarding capturing and reporting of complaints about disability access to passenger transport services and infrastructure.||In progress|
|3.8||Support drivers with a medical condition, that may include a disability, to continue to drive safely and where appropriate, increase the availability of information to transition drivers to safe alternatives such as passenger transport.||Complete|
To work in collaboration with our partners and stakeholders to achieve improved outcomes for people with disability accessing the passenger transport network.
|4.1||Establish a multi-modal Accessibility Reference Group.||Complete|
|4.2||Participate and influence the development of policy that supports the national approach to removing barriers for people with disability using passenger transport.||Ongoing|
|4.3||Collaborate with other state government departments and local governments to explore options to improve community access to community transport.||Ongoing|
|4.4||Work with local governments to encourage them to promote community transport services that are available in their local area.||Not yet commenced|
|4.5||Work with other state government departments to support Queensland’s smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.||Ongoing|
|4.6||Expand government agencies engagement with client groups and the market, including through the delivery of the Maranoa Demonstration Project, to build market capacity to deliver transport services.||Complete|