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A guide to the mainstream technologies that are affordable and accessible, helping people with a disability access information when and where they choose.  

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Latest News

  • Philip Chalker has launched a petition on, asking that Virgin Australia provide audio description for people who are blind or vision impaired on its inflight entertainment systems.

  • A basic rule of research is that if you want to know what somebody thinks about your product, the best thing to do is ask them. It is surprising how little that approach is taken with access services, including audio description for blind people, which makes recent initiatives by Pixar in the US and Ericsson in Australia all the more welcome.

  • All television sets in public places in Portland, Oregon, will need to have closed captions switched on during business hours, after the Portland City Council passed a new ordinance last week.

  • In a recent update, YouTube will allow community members to contribute closed captions to supported videos, opening up the potential for the world’s largest online video platform to be more accessible for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

  • Thursday, 19 November 2015
    ACMA asks for feedback on caption quality

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a discussion paper entitled ‘Review of the Television Captioning Standard’, and is requesting comments on it from interested parties.

  • Thursday, 19 November 2015
    New Zealand expands TV access

    New Zealand Broadcast Minister Amy Adams has announced that the government-supported captioning service will extend to Prime Television from February 2016.

  • The trial of audio description on the ABC’s online iview service which commenced in April has now been extended to desktop computers.

Welcome to Media Access Australia

This website provides information on access to media using technology. It covers a wide range of practical information on access issues involving TV, DVDs, cinema-the-arts, the artsXXX, new media and education; and access technologies including captioning (primarily used by people who are Deaf and hearing impaired) and audio description (primarily used by people who are blind and vision impaired). You will also find information on rules and regulations affecting access, and levels of access on various types of media in Australia and the rest of the world. The key to our service is keeping people up-to-date with the world of accessible media.

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