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August 2015
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17 August 2015 Petition started to bring audio description to TV
Stephen Jolley, who has been blind since birth, has started a petition on Change.org, asking the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, to...
July 2015
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21 July 2015 Academic calls for new audio description policy
Dr Katie Ellis, senior research fellow in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University, is calling for a new policy on audio description...
13 July 2015 Study will review disabled consumer experiences with video on demand
Curtin University academic Katie Ellis will investigate disabled consumer experiences of subscription video-on-demand (VOD) services in Australia in...
07 July 2015 Blind viewer sues ABC for not providing audio description
Suzanne Hudson, a blind television viewer, has launched a case against the ABC in the Federal Circuit Court, claiming that it has unlawfully...
June 2015
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18 June 2015 Government announces review of the ACMA
The Department of Communications is undertaking a comprehensive review of Australia’s communications regulator, the Australian Communications and...
May 2015
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11 May 2015 Government sector must improve digital experience
The government sector has been found to deliver the worst digital experiences of a range of Australian industries in a new report by consulting firm...
April 2015
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15 April 2015 Employment discrimination inquiry highlights value of digital accessibility
The role of digital accessibility in helping reduce discrimination against older Australians and those with a disability—while helping create value...
January 2015
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28 January 2015 Consultation paper provides opportunity to comment on TV captioning regulations
The Federal Government today released a consultation paper which proposes a number of changes to the regulations governing free-to-air television....
December 2014
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16 December 2014 Senate caption inquiry posts submissions
Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now...
02 December 2014 Q&A: Australia’s Media Accessibility in a Multicultural, Multilingual Context—Australia as a Case Study
Media Access Australia spoke to Professor Peter Hutchings, Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western...
November 2014
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21 November 2014 Access 2020 predicting the future – five experts, 20 ideas
A highlight of the recent the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin was a panel presentation speculating about what access might look like in...
October 2014
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30 October 2014 Consumers condemn proposed changes to captioning regulations
Consumer groups have condemned the Federal Government’s proposals to change the rules governing captioning which were introduced in Parliament last...
May 2014
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16 May 2014 Nine’s captioners audited for quality
Ai-Media, the caption supplier for the Nine Network, has released the results of its first external caption quality audit, scoring more than 99%...
April 2014
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23 April 2014 Australia urged to ease copyright restrictions on accessible books
On  World Book Day, the Australian Government has been called on to ease the copyright restrictions which reduce the number of books that are...
15 April 2014 Results of our survey on multichannel captioning
A survey conducted by Media Access Australia has found that levels of captioning on commercial multichannels, which include 7Two, Go! and One, remain...
08 April 2014 ACMA grants subscription TV caption exemptions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has granted caption exemptions to three subscription TV suppliers, Telstra Pay TV, Optus...
March 2014
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25 March 2014 Measuring caption quality: our white paper
Media Access Australia today released a white paper entitled Caption quality: International approaches to standards and measurement. It focuses on...
21 March 2014 ACMA given more discretion to investigate complaints
The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) is to be given greater discretion about whether to investigate complaints under the ...
14 March 2014 ACMA releases community safeguards report
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its report on the ‘Contemporary community safeguards inquiry’ it...
12 March 2014 Free TV Australia requests an end to caption reporting requirements
In a submission to the Department of Communications, Free TV Australia, the organisation which represents Australian free-to-air broadcasters, has...

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