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Have your say: Walking tracks Standards revisions

Thursday, 27 February 2020

We are seeking members' input into a submission on the proposal for revision of Australian Standards:

  • AS 2156.1 (2001) Walking Tracks: Classification and Signage, and
  • for reconfirmation of AS 2156.2 (2001) Walking Tracks: Infrastructure Design.

These Standards are fundamental to the design and development of council-controlled walking tracks including pathways, tracks and trails.


Pedestrian (and cyclist) safety is dependent upon the most appropriate barrier type to prevent falls from height. Signage requirements in AS2156.1:2001 inform the appropriate signage to install along a pathway and at locations of note. 

NOTE: AS2156.1:2001 requires revision to include the provisions of AS1428.4.2:2018 Design for Access and mobilityMeans to assist the orientation of people with vision impairmentWayfinding signs.

Wayfinding signage suitable for people with low vision is vital to avoid persons being placed in danger through confusion or lack of direction information.


The consequence of no reconfirmation to AS2156.2 is that pathways could be constructed without regard to a standardised safety barrier system. Handrails and safety barriers are important for people with a disability as they rely on this infrastructure for guidance, balance, assistance, rest and protection from falls.

Providing your feedback

We are seeking your written endorsement or feedback on the attached Proposal Form. It would be greatly appreciated if you could indicate the position of your local government by COB 17 March 2020

NOTE: If no response if received, it will be assumed the proposals are acceptable.

For enquiries please contact Michael Clair, Lead – Infrastructure and Public Policy, 1300 542 700.


Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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