Australian policy and legislation

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Commonwealth Government access policy

The Commonwealth Government operates its accessibility policy under the DDA.

The compulsory captioning of television commercials is administered by the Government Communications Unit, which provides advice to the Ministerial Committee on Government Communications. The only area which is exempt from captioning is Defence Force Recruitment. All videos and DVDs are captioned by individual agencies fulfilling their obligations under the DDA.

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Australian governments' access policies

Australian government departments and agencies are required to ensure that their media are accessible. This requirement is detailed in the Commonwealth Disability Strategy 1994 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).

As the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) states in its Advisory Notes:

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Australian government’s web accessibility efforts recognised through award


The Australian Government Information Management Organisation (AGIMO) is a recipient of Vision Australia's 2011 ‘Making a Difference Awards’ for their work in web accessibility.

The Making a Difference Award is given to organisations which have shown outstanding support for people who are blind or vision impaired.

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