Australian experiences with accessibility policies post the Sydney Olympic Games


Arch, Andrew M. J.; Burmeister, Oliver K.


Australia enacted its Disability Discrimination Act in 1992, prior to the now ubiquitous World Wide Web. However, the 'Maguire v. Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee' High Court case in 2000 clearly demonstrated that the Australian Disability Discrimination Act applies in the online world. While Government in Australia was the initiator of establishing accessibility policy for online activity and eGovernment, many of these policies have remained unchanged since the late 1990s. During 2002, other sectors of the economy have come to the fore with respect to online accessibility policy and 'leapfrogged' the government with policies that sometimes leave the government position looking languid. This paper reviews the current online accessibility policies and guidelines of federal and state governments in Australia and contrasts these positions with the high levels of accessibility expected in the future in the banking, education, legal and multimedia sectors as a result of recent industry policies declarations.

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Information Technology and Disabilities, Vol. 9, no. 2 (2003)




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