Australian access regulation

Key legislation in Australia

Australia currently has a variety of legislative and policy instruments which mandate and support accessibility. It remains the case that there is no single, overarching accessibility instrument or regulatory regime, and each media form is subject to its own set of laws and regulators. Like many other countries, accessibility instruments and regulation face the challenge of media convergence.

For those interested in reading more details about Australian policies please visit the following sections:

Australian legal instruments include:

Overseas

International legal and policy instruments include:

The Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) grants exemptions to media service providers, amongst other organisations, in exchange for a commitment to increase accessibility. Commercial broadcast television and subscription television are two media sectors which have been granted exemptions to increase captioning levels over a number of years. The AHRC operates these exemptions under the DDA.


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