Technology more accessible for the disabled

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

Technology more accessible for the disabled

More than four million Australians with a disability will receive improved accessibility to ICT procurement. Australia plans to adopt an internationally aligned minimum standard, which will ensure that websites, software and digital devices are accessible.

‘Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services’ will ensure that all Australians can access information and use services electronically from public authorities and other public sector agencies during the procurement process.

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

It 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 collaborated to enable this alignment with the international standard.

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