Under section 31 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (click here to view the Act), there is provision for the Attorney-General to formulate specific Standards in the areas of:
- Public Transport;
- Administration of Commonwealth Government Laws & Programs;
- Access to Public Buildings.
The main purpose of the Disability Standards is to make rights and obligations under the DDA easier to
understand, comply with and enforce.
A further function of Disability Standards is to set out more detailed principles to guide key decisions under the DDA such as how to establish what is a reasonable adjustment or what could constitute unjustifiable hardship in a particular area such as transport.
At this time, the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport have been introduced. The Disability Standards for Education were tabled in Parliament on 17 March 2005. The Disability Standards for Access to Premises are currently being developed.
Work on the Disability Standards for Employment and the Disability standards for the Administration of Commonwealth Government Laws & Programs commenced but did not progress.
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations has been lobbying the Federal Government to begin work on the development of Disability Standards for Accommodation.