Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Access to technology made easier



Download PDFDownload PDF

MC 36/16

MEDIA RELEASE

Access to technology made easier

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann Minister for Finance Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

22 August 2016

Australia will adopt an internationally aligned standard for ICT accessibility in procurement. This means greater accessibility for the more than four million Australians with a disability.

The Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services establishes a minimum standard to ensure that websites, software and digital devices are accessible.

The new standard ensures that all Australians can access information and use services electronically by public authorities and other public sector agencies during the procurement process.

The new standard can be used by all levels of government when determining technical specifications for the procurement of accessible ICT products and services.

This will provide a framework for developing and procuring a wide range of accessible ICT applications, products and services.

The Department of Finance, Standards Australia, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and other stakeholders all came together to enable the alignment with the International Standard.

[ENDS]

Media Contact(s):

Karen Wu - 0428 350 139