Australia adopts new standard for ICT accessibility in procurement

Australia will adopt a new standard for ICT accessibility in procurement, federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced today. In time, this should make it easier for people with disabilities to deal with government, and to work for it.

The Department of Finance has already committed to add the new standard to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, according to the report from former disability discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan’s last inquiry.

Ryan recommended all Australian governments mandate that when their agencies buy any new IT equipment, including software and peripherals, it must made according to universal design principles so it is “available to and usable by all people, whatever their abilities”.

The recent report, Willing to Work, urged all governments to be involved in the discussions that have now led to the adoption of the internationally aligned standard. For the Commonwealth, Ryan had a further suggestion:

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