New Audio Description Working Group to improve accessibility
6 April 2017
Government has announced the formation of an Audio Description Working Group to
examine options for increasing the availability of audio description services
in Australia, following the ABC’s recent trial on iview.
description is a verbal commentary that complements the underlying soundtrack
of a television program, film, DVD or live performance. It aims to assist
people who are blind or vision impaired.
description trial on iview ran for 15 months concluding in June 2016. The trial
provided 14 hours of audio-described content per week, accessible on a range of
devices. It received positive feedback from users. The ABC’s trial shows that
audio description can be successfully incorporated into programs which are made
Government will invite representatives from the broadcasting and streaming
industries, audio description service providers and consumer representatives to
participate in the working group.
The Government is committed to building
on the successes of the ABC’s trial and looks forward to receiving the findings
of the Audio Description Working Group.
Group will provide a report to Government on its findings by 31 December
2017. The full Terms of Reference for the Working Group and the ABC’s report on the trial of audio
description are available here: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/television/accessible_television