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June 2017
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27 June 2017 New funding cap of National Relay Service leads to fears of reduced services
While the Government’s recent recommitment to support the National Relay Service (NRS) is welcomed, there are fears that services will have to be cut...
21 June 2017 ACMA releases review of captioning rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has just released the final report into its statutory review of captioning rules. While ACMA...
January 2017
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30 January 2017 Major review of NDIS costs now underway
In late January 2017 the Federal Government announced that the Productivity Commission is to conduct a study to review the costs of the National...
18 January 2017 Website inaccessibility court cases on the rise
In March 2016 ‘Colorado Bags n’ Baggage’ became the first retailer in the US to lose a litigation case because their website was inaccessible. Today...
August 2016
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25 August 2016 Australia adopts accessible ICT procurement standards
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Standards Australia, and ACCAN have jointly announced that Australia will be the first country outside Europe to...
March 2016
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10 March 2016 Crossing the digital divide
A recent discussion paper states that 1 million Australians with a disability don’t have internet access at home, because of cost, complexity and/or...
January 2016
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22 January 2016 Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility promotional video out now
A new video produced by Media Access Australia has been created to promote the upcoming Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA). It’s...
December 2015
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23 December 2015 The most popular accessibility stories of 2015
As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web,...
03 December 2015 Feedback on captioning regulation wanted
The lead-up to the end of the year has seen a little burst of consultation around captioning issues. The Federal Department of Communications and the...
November 2015
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19 November 2015 ACMA asks for feedback on caption quality
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a discussion paper entitled ‘Review of the Television Captioning Standard’, and...
18 November 2015 Audio description on iview now available on desktops
The trial of audio description on the ABC’s online iview service which commenced in April has now been extended to desktop computers.
13 November 2015 Digital Gap pushes for change by 2017
The call for improvement to digital accessibility for people with disabilities moved to Parliament House in Canberra with a call for significant...
10 November 2015 ACCAN launches campaign for online caption quality
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has formed an alliance of organisations which is calling for online videos to be...
10 November 2015 Call to caption parliament
The Federal Parliament is improving its accessibility to people with disabilities. This includes its digital presence through its website and online...
09 November 2015 Be involved with Print Disability Round Table 2016
Information access for people with print disabilities is an expanding and evolving area for development of services, advocacy and promotion. This...
October 2015
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23 October 2015 Live captioning bonanza captured by ACMA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) held a day-long event in September dedicated to live captioning issues as part of its...
21 October 2015 Digital Gap Initiative invites you to Parliament
The Federal Parliament will be the venue for a major accessibility event showcasing developments and issues in digital accessibility.
09 October 2015 Digital Inclusion Index measures access in Australia
A new Melbourne-based research project has launched with the aim of discovering the reach of digital inclusion in Australia.
07 October 2015 Looking forward with access at BCA
Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, will be presenting on developments in access technology for blind and...
September 2015
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09 September 2015 Audio description on TV campaign launched
A campaign calling for a permanent audio description service on Australian television was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on 8 September...

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