Australia Country Report to World Blind Union Asia Pacific, General Assembly, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Reporter:Emma Bennison, Board DirectorAustralian Blindness Forum Introduction The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation, whose purpose is to operate as a partnership between consumers and service providers in representing the issues for people who are blind or vision impaired in Australia. In the last reporting period, 2016 – 2018 there have been considerable … Read more

Blind woman takes Commonwealth Bank to court over ‘inaccessible’ EFTPOS machines

Would you trust a stranger with your bank PIN? It’s a question Nadia Mattiazzo is forced to ask herself daily. Key Points Commonwealth Bank facing lawsuit alleging discrimination over touchscreen EFTPOS machines Blind and vision-impaired people say terminals are virtually impossible for them to use because they don’t have tactile keypad Lawsuit follows 18 months … Read more

Dr Kevin Murfitt awarded a Member of the Order of Australia

Dr Kevin Murfitt AM has been recognised for his services to the blindness and low vision community in the June Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Vision Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ron Hooton said the award acknowledges Dr Murfitt’s achievements and contribution to the blindness and low vision community. “We congratulate Dr Murfitt on this well-deserved recognition. … Read more

Australia Country Report 2014

AUSTRALIAN BLINDNESS FORUM   World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Mid-Term Regional Assembly Reporting Country/Territory: Australia Name of Person Reporting: Tony Starkey Interim Chair Australian Blindness Forum   1          ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN BLINDNESS FORUM The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation, whose purpose is to operate as the peak body representing the blindness sector for … Read more

Australia Announces Ambassador for Disability Inclusive Development

Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, today announced the Government’s decision to establish a new Australian Ambassador for Disability-Inclusive Development.   Minister Parke said the ambassador will advocate for people with disability in developing countries to have access to the same opportunities as others and an equal say in the decisions that affect their communities. … Read more

Australian Country Report to WBUAP Quadrennial Assembly 2012

Australian Blindness Forum World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Mid-Term Regional Assembly Reporting Country/Territory: Australia Name of Person Reporting: Tony Starkey Chair Australian Blindness Forum About the Australian Blindness Forum The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation, whose purpose is to operate as the peak body representing the blindness sector for the benefit of people … Read more