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June 2013
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20 June 2013 Electoral Commission falls at the last accessibility hurdle
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has made online enrolment available for the first time. However, by requiring a driver’s license, the AEC...
19 June 2013 Real-time captions to be delivered in NSW public schools
Progress has been made towards equitable education in New South Wales public schools with captioning provider Ai-Media winning a competitive tender...
12 June 2013 ABC found in breach of captioning rules
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found the ABC in breach of captioning rules due to poor captions on episodes of At the...
05 June 2013 ACMA releases new Television Captioning Quality Standard
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today released its long awaited Television Captioning Quality Standard, which for the first...
04 June 2013 Mobile technology and disability at the M-enabling conference
The Australian Communications Consumer Network (ACCAN) has announced the major speakers at the M-enabling Australasia Conference. The event will...
04 June 2013 The ACMA launches broadcasting codes inquiry
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched an inquiry into broadcasting codes of practice and whether they are keeping up...
03 June 2013 News from the Round Table on Information Access 2013
Access to information through digital technologies was discussed and highlighted at the 2013 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print...
May 2013
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23 May 2013 Guest post: Voting independently
In a recent state by-election, screen reader user Andrew Devenish-Meares was able to vote online. Here, he talks through the experience of being able...
21 May 2013 Opinion: Regulating audio description the only way
Australia is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to audio description on television. Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley looks...
16 May 2013 Federal budget fails to deliver on audio description
The federal budget announced on Tuesday evening had disability reform as its cornerstone. While most Australians with disability cheered, the budget...
08 May 2013 Disability: the untold story of the NBN
We sat down with Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner and National Broadband Network Champion, to talk about how high-speed internet...
April 2013
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30 April 2013 Deaf advocate takes discrimination claim to the United Nations
Michael Lockrey, a prominent figure in Australian disability advocacy, has petitioned the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with...
24 April 2013 Call for an ongoing audio description service trial
The future of audio description (AD) on Australian television is currently being decided, and blindness and consumer organisations are calling for...
19 April 2013 Captioning on digital multichannels
The Federal Government is due to introduce new regulations regarding captioning on digital multichannels like GO!, 7Two, Eleven and ABC2 which will...
08 April 2013 SBS falls short with DVD access
As part of a series of home entertainment accessibility reports outside regular entertainment DVD titles, Media Access Australia has collated...
March 2013
Date Published News headline and description
07 March 2013 ACMA posts captioning exemptions submissions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has posted submissions it has received in response to preliminary caption exemption and...
01 March 2013 The top 5 ways the Disability Discrimination Act has boosted access
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) turns 20 this year and Australia’s disability communities are taking the opportunity to reflect on how the...
February 2013
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28 February 2013 Human Rights Commission releases Australia’s first fully-accessible DVD
Twenty Years: Twenty Stories is a video project initiated by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) which celebrates the twentieth anniversary...
28 February 2013 Groups call on Government to release audio description report
The organisations behind the campaign to have audio description provided on Australian TV have called on the Government to release the ABC's...
07 February 2013 Web accessibility certificate: 2013 registrations open
Media Access Australia, in partnership with the University of South Australia, has launched its Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility for...

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