Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten made the announcement, the first time that the Australian government has set a specific target date for the implementation of a web accessibility standard.
Lindsay Tanner said, “The standards contained in WCAG 2.0 were in line with internationally recognised best-practice and stipulated that all government websites adhere to these new standards by 2015.”
To achieve this, the government will establish a National Transition Strategy to ensure that compliance is achieved.
Media Access Australia is a member of the W3C and welcomes the decision, which will make a significant difference to the provision of government information to people with disabilities.
Further information can be found on the Minister for Finance WCAG 2.0 media release.
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