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October 2012
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03 October 2012 Campaign for equal access to ABC TV kicks off today
Australian blindness and consumer organisations have today launched a national campaign to promote the importance of audio description currently...
August 2012
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06 August 2012 Eyes-free viewing: Australia’s first audio described TV
Australia’s first audio described TV was switched on on Sunday evening, as the ABC commenced its technical trial. Audio description (AD) is a...
July 2012
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20 July 2012 Audio description trial dates announced
The long-awaited trial of audio description on Australian television will commence on 5 August on ABC1, and run for 13 weeks between 5pm and midnight...
17 July 2012 Australians with disabilities pay too much for IT
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has published a report outlining how Australians pay too much for technology and that...
May 2012
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02 May 2012 Government releases draft changes to caption legislation
Yesterday the Federal Government released a draft bill to amend the Broadcasting Services Act to include caption quotas and caption quality...
01 May 2012 Disability ignored in Government’s Convergence Review
The Government yesterday released the long awaited Convergence Review, disappointing many by neglecting to address access problems for people with...
March 2012
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22 March 2012 Medicare in your living room: Human Services brought closer with the NBN
The Federal Government has this week announced a pilot of a new videoconferencing system which will give access to services such as Medicare and...
16 March 2012 Government confirms national audio description trial for August
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has confirmed that the trial of audio description on the ABC will take place in...
05 March 2012 NT and NSW governments formally adopt WCAG 2.0
The New South Wales and Northern Territory governments have joined other states and territories by publicly endorsing the latest international web...
February 2012
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22 February 2012 Television revealed for blind and vision impaired Australians
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has just announced that Australia’s first audio description trial will be...
13 February 2012 Disability Discrimination Commissioner endorses the National Broadband Network
The Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has signed on as a champion of the National Broadband Network (NBN). Through the...
December 2011
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05 December 2011 Canada leads on bilingual caption quality
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved a set of mandatory standards for French-language closed captions...
01 December 2011 Film Victoria to only fund accessible games
Film Victoria has added accessibility to its requirements for game developers seeking funding for new projects.  Film Victoria is now the first...
November 2011
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25 November 2011 ACMA finds Network Ten breached captioning regulations
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Network Ten failed to fulfil its obligations under the Broadcasting Services...
04 November 2011 Government health information made more accessible
The Senior Executive of The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Alison Verhoeven, has spoken at the recent Govt. 2.0 Conference at the...
October 2011
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06 October 2011 Pressure placed on Prime Minister to consider the needs of students with disabilities
At a cabinet meeting in Tasmania this week, Prime Minister Julia Gillard was approached by the mother of a child with a disability, and urged to...
September 2011
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21 September 2011 Government’s media convergence review continues to ignore disability
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released five discussion papers on a range of issues as part of the...
07 September 2011 Advisory group on students with disability announced
The new Schools Disability Advisory Council promises steps towards further inclusion of students with disabilities in mainstream schools. Announced...
06 September 2011 Conference brings access into the communications spotlight
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network’s  (ACCAN) annual conference on the 7th and 8th of September is themed ‘Our Broadband Future’....
August 2011
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17 August 2011 Victorian Government endorses web accessibility standards
The Victorian Government has released an update to its Accessibility Standard that requires all Victorian Government websites to conform to the...

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