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Disability Standards

Disability Disability Rights
Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Access to premises | Education | Public transport | World wide web access | Insurance

Standards & Guidelines

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) is supplemented by a series of Disability Standards and Guidelines. These provide more detail on rights and responsibilities about equal access and opportunity for people with a disability.

Standards are legally binding regulations set by the Attorney-General under the DDA.

Guidelines (or ‘Advisory Notes’) are issued by the Commission to help people and organisations understand their rights and comply with their responsibilities under the DDA and accompanying Standards.

Standards and Guidelines can be made in the areas of employment, education, public transport services, access to premises, accommodation and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs.


Access to premises


Public transport

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport - download standards and information from the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development

The Commission has released guidelines on accessible bus stops online and in Word format.

World Wide Web access

The Commission issued a revised advisory note on accessibility of World Wide Web pages in 2010.


Revised Guidelines on Insurance were adopted by the Commission in November 2016.

Disability Service Standards

Standards applying to disability services are not covered by the DDA. For convenience however the National Standards for Disability Services can be accessed here.