1. Key terms
The word ‘access’ refers to people’s ability to participate in the life of the University which includes its learning, teaching, physical, digital and communication environments.
The word ‘objective’ describes the University’s ultimate goals and benchmarks to improve access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
The word ‘strategy’ is used to describe the actions that the University will take in order to achieve the objectives which have been set.
The outcomes described in the Disability Action Plan are measures which the University will use to assess whether the strategies set are effective in achieving the University’s objectives.
The term ‘resource’ refers to a number of sources, which will be used to realise the objectives of the plan. The University will primarily use existing resources, and in other cases require additional resources in the form of money, services, materials and staff to deliver the set objective.
The term ‘best practice’ describes a technique or methodology that has been demonstrated through evidence-based research to produce results superior to those achieved by other means. Best practice is evolving, benchmarked and often qualitative. As best practice is evolving, the term refers to the best practice for the current year in which the particular action within this plan is carried out.
The current standards for web accessibility specified by the World Wide Web Consortium are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). It is expected that all University websites, web content and web applications will conform with WCAG 2.0 to Level AA.
The current best practice standards for access to the built environment is the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010, therefore the University’s built environment should comply with those standards.
World, Federal and State Legislation
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)
- Fair Work Act 2010 (Cth)
- Privacy and Personal Information Act 1988 (Cth)
- Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)
- Disability Services Act 1993 (NSW)
- Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)
Standards and guidelines:
- Disability Standards for Education 2005
- Report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005
- The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020
- Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002
- Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010
- World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WC3
- Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (AVCC) Guidelines relating to Students with a Disability (.pdf)
- Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee (AVCC) Guidelines on information access for students with print disabilities, 2004