Position Statements and Advocacy

What is public policy?

Vision Australia’s public policies aim to eliminate barriers and shift community thinking so that people who are blind or have low vision are able to live the life they choose.

Vision Australia makes public comment on many current issues under debate and proactively develops and promotes public policy to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the needs of the blindness and low vision community.

Our public policies are regularly referenced by decision makers across government, business and civil society. Vision Australia also works to disseminate our public policies to relevant of stakeholders.

Our primary objective is to minimise the barriers that people who are blind or who have low vision regularly experience when accessing the community and in exercising their rights as citizens.

Our public policies are updated every three years to ensure that our voice is deliberate, robust, clear and supported by feedback from our clients.

To find out more, you can read Vision Australia's protocol for developing public policy (Word, 57KB) 

Vision Australia's position statements

Our position statements outline our position and reflect current research and consultation with clients, expert staff and other key stakeholders.

See the links below to download our position statements:

Research

Vision Australia Smart phone Report August 2020 (Word, 140KB)

The impact of electric / hybrid vehicles and bicycles on pedestrians who are blind or have low vision (Word, 812KB)

Employment Research Survey Report 2018 (Word, 48KB)

Online but off-track - barriers to online learning experienced by university students who are blind or have low vision (Word, 1.07MB)

Employer Attitudes survey results highlight (Word, 47.8 KB)

The University of Melbourne - vision loss and labour force outcomes: executive summary (Word, 99KB)

The University of Melbourne - report on the analysis of Household, Income, and Labour Force Dynamics in Australia [HILDA] Survey data (Word, 319KB)

The University of Melbourne - report on the analysis of the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers [SDAC] data (Word, 124KB)

Briefing paper

International context for audio description (Word, 667 KB)
International context for audio description (PDF, 120 KB)

Speeches

Vision Australia's Lead Policy Advisor presents to the Round Table Conference May 2016 (Word, 42KB)

Submissions

Vision Australia regularly comments on government inquiries. Below are some of our more recent submissions.

2020

 

2019

 

2018

 

2017


Contact the Government Relations and Policy team

If you would like to discuss any of these policies with our policy advisors or obtain an alternate format copy, please contact 1300 84 74 66 or email government.relations@visionaustralia.org