Australia adopts European standard for ICT accessibility
Australia’s Department of Finance, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), announced the upcoming adoption of the European Standard for the procurement of accessible Information and Communication Technology (EN 301 549). The adoption of an internationally aligned standard for accessibility is intended to support more than four million Australians with disabilities, through access to valuable technology tools and resources.
The standard presents a series of accessibility requirements for ICT products and services, and establishes minimum features for websites, software and digital devices to satisfy the needs of persons with disabilities. While the standard will be embedded into public procurement requirements to support individuals from the public sector, it also provides a benchmark for private sector organizations to ensure that their technology products and services are adequate for persons with disabilities.