Notice of HREOC exemption decision re: Airport Direct

Notice of decision

Under section 57 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ("DDA") the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission gives notice of a decision made on 15 February 2006.


The exemption application was submitted by Mr D.Williams, for a temporary exemption under section 55 of the DDA from relevant provisions of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport and the DDA, to permit deferral of provision of wheelchair access on a public transport service to be known as Airport Direct operating from Shepparton to Melbourne .

Decision of the Commission

The Commission decided to refuse an exemption.

Findings and reasons

In making this decision the Commission has considered and had regard to the following material:

  • The Exemption Application;
  • the findings and reasons contained in the Recommendation prepared by the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, which is available on the Commission's website at

The Commission adopts the findings and reasons set out in the Recommendation as its reasons for its decision not to grant a temporary exemption.

Review of decision

Subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the decision to which this notice relates by or on behalf of any person or persons whose interests are affected by the decision.

Graeme Innes AM
Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner
on behalf of the Commission
15 February 2006