The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission gives notice of a decision made on 11 February 2002 under section 57 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ("DDA") concerning tactile ground surface indicators ("TGSIs").


The exemption application was submitted by and on behalf of Queensland Rail (QR).

Decision of the Commission

The Commission decided to grant an exemption under section 55 of the DDA to QR, from the provisions of sections 23 and 24 of the DDA, in so far as they require installation of TGSIs, for a period of 6 months. The exemption is on condition that

  • QR consult with interested parties and report to HREOC within four months on the approach which Queensland Rail will adopt to use of TGSIs
  • This consultation include requesting the chair of the Rail Modal Group of the Accessible Transport Standards Consultative Committee to convene a meeting no later than March 2002 of that group together with representatives of the National Transport Secretariat, Blind Citizens Australia, the Physical Disability Council of Australia and the relevant Standards Australia committee with a view to identifying if possible an appropriate uniform approach to use of TGSIs for rail operators nationally
  • QR agree to apply TGSIs in accordance with the outcome of these consultations to any stations upgraded by them during the period of the exemption, within a further twelve months.

Finding and reasons

In making this decision the Commission accepted findings and reasons contained in a recommendation and statement of reasons prepared by the Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner, which is available on the Commission's web site .

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/s whose interests are affected by the decision.

Alice Tay
on behalf of the Commission
11 February 2002