The captioning grant, funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and administered by Media Access Australia, has seen many hundreds of hours of videos captioned since it began in the 1990s. 2012 has been another big year for the grant, with over 170 hours of video captioned for 16 organisations.
When the grant began, it was used to fund the captioning of entertainment videos, but it has evolved over the years and is now used to caption DVDs and online videos with an education or community focus. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the grant this year was Education Services Australia, which provides online videos that can be accessed by schools and used as curriculum material. This was mostly in the form of short film clips, including newsreels and other historical material from the National Film and Sound Archive.