ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Position paper: Transport: A ‘wicked problem’ we have the strengths and assets to solve

Publication date: 
September 2016

In this position paper we explore the policy issues related to addressing transport disadvantage in our city.

We note that, as used broadly in existing literature, the term ‘transport disadvantage’ is separate to social disadvantage and that it can affect both socially disadvantaged and socially advantaged people. Who is affected by transport disadvantage largely depends on the direction of infrastructure investment.

We provide evidence that the policy directions of the ACT Government prioritise addressing the transport issues experienced by socially advantaged Canberrans – issues related to congestion and availability in times of peak demand.

We find that the transport needs of socially disadvantaged Canberrans are not being comprehensively addressed within current policy settings.