A smartphone app that allows people with a disability or restricted mobility to report places that are difficult to access has been launched by the Australian Greens.

Called ‘Access All Areas’ the app is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices and provides people with a simple method for reporting accessibility trouble spots using their phone, according to Australian Greens spokesperson for disability services, Senator Rachel Siewert.

“Accessibility is something  most of us take for granted, but for some people simple things like accessing shops, public buildings, banks and transportation can become incredibly complicated and difficult,” Senator Siewert said.

Because these issues have not been publicly prominent in recent times, increasing community awareness and building a picture of the issue is a critical first step towards a stronger commitment from local, state and federal governments and businesses, she said.

“This is why we are putting the tools in the hands of all Australians to send in their reports.”

Responses sent in will be summarised for public view on the Greens’ website and a formal report will be made available to the public and provided to Parliament, governments and other organisations such as the Australian Human Rights Commission.