Australian Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

Over 4.4 million Australians are living with a disability. The Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) safeguards individuals with disabilities against discrimination across various areas of public life, including work, education, provision and utilization of services, public area, organization of Commonwealth Government laws and programs, and more. It is the main regulation in Australia safeguarding individuals with disabilities and promoting accessibility and equality.

How does the DDA apply to web accessibility?

Under the DDA regulation, the provision of data and online services through the web is a principal basic freedom and a legitimate prerequisite. People and associations that own or develop a website and mobile application should provide equal access to individuals with disabilities.

This incorporates websites, mobile applications and other web assets, as PDFs and documents, that are engaged with:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Provision of services including professional services, banking, insurance or financial services, entertainment or recreation, telecommunications services, public transport services, or government services (including federal, state, and local government councils, departments, and agencies)
  • Sale or rental of real estate
  • Sport
  • Activities of voluntary associations
  • Administration of Commonwealth laws and programs

Web accessibility guidance is provided by the World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes (current adaptation, 4.1). The notes are not lawful necessities but rather are more guidelines to help people and associations that own or develop web assets in the prerequisites of the DDA.

It additionally determines the practical accessibility requirements for ICT services and products, including web content, which could be utilized in public procurement or to help different strategies and regulation.

The Australian DDA Compliance and WCAG Compliance

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is included to be the most all-in-one set of guidelines for web accessibility by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The WCAG includes the current best practices of accessible web design. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is an international.

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What happens if you fail to comply with the Australian DDA Compliant?

The DDA offers people with disabilities a way to file complaints and look for review for disability discrimination in the recorded areas of public life. Assuming an individual feels like they have been discriminated, they can submit a composed written complaint with all the details to the Australian Human Rights Commission through their online form.

The Commission will then start a review on the issue by figuring out the event. Most cases will bring in conciliation, an informal cycle that permits the two players to discuss the main thing to attempt to determine it. Assuming that there is no goal by means of mollification, the individual who file the complaint can take the case to the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court.

As an example, a woman with vision impairment filed a claim against the supermarket chain, Coles, in 2014 over the accessibility of their online shopping service. The claimant faced significant difficulties completing an online order on the Coles website and the case made it to the Federal Circuit Court.

How Skynet Technologies can help your website comply with the Disability Discrimination Act?

Skynet Technologies provide outstanding digital experiences to users by complying with WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, WCAG 2.2 standards. We strive to maintain seamless and consistent navigation, use proper colors contrasts, proper labelling, clear headings, and responsive designs.

Our developers adhere to the highest standards set by W3C for XHTML, HTML 5, CSS, WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, WCAG 2.2 and the Section 508 standards. We also stay on top of the latest accessibility standards and quickly get ourselves updated to assist you better and make your websites accessible for more people.

Australian DDA web accessibility services include:

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Australian DDA Standards Audit

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DDA compliant website design

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Accessibility web development

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DDA compliant mobile app development

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DDA web accessibility remediation

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Accessible PDF, DOC, PPT, ePUB

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Australian DDA website monitoring

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Ongoing DDA web accessibility maintenance

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DDA web accessibility consultation

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Web accessibility testing

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Whether you want to make your existing website, mobile application or any digital assets Australian DDA Compliant, or want to development a new Australian DDA compliant website, mobile app or digital assets; we will help you out!

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