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Submissions to the Convergence Review Framing Paper released


The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has published submissions received on the Convergence Review Framing Paper.

The Framing Paper put forward for comment a range of principles that would guide the Review Committee’s approach to the Convergence Review.

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Media Access Review progress page launched


Today Media Access Australia launched a new webpage in our Research and Policy section detailing the progress which has so far been made on the Media Access Review recommendations.

Significant developments include progress on Recommendation 8, which called for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to develop caption quality guidelines under consultation. These guidelines are almost finalised and will be presented to the ACMA Board shortly.

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Report on captioning in the European Union released


The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) has released a report which looks at levels of captioning on audiovisual media across the European Union.

The EFHOH, which has been campaigning for increased levels of captioning for the last ten years, notes that some countries have made great progress in that time. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France now have 100% captioning on their main television channels, but other countries are lagging behind.

The EFHOH notes that there are 50 million Deaf and hearing impaired people in Europe, and believes that 100% of programs on all public TV channels should be captioned by 2020.

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Australian Government seeks Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer


The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is advertising for an Executive Level 1 – Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer.

AGIMO, which is part of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, is tasked with delivering the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy – a strategy that requires government websites to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.  

The strategy requires all Federal, State, and Territory government websites to conform to the Single A level of the WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2012.  All Commonwealth Government websites must conform to the Double A level of WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2014.

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