South Australian Government online accessibility
The South Australian Government has partnered with Vision Australia and many other key groups to refresh the traditional approach to online accessibility to ensure the online presence across government is accessible and managed more effectively.
Vision Australia’s case study, Push and Pull: Why South Australia leads the way in online accessibility, highlights this best practice.
The South Australian Government was celebrated for its ‘world-leading’ approach by Vision Australia:
- As a finalist in the 2019 Australian Human Rights Awards in the Government category in partnership with Vision Australia and the Royal Society for the Blind SA.
- As a finalist for Apolitical’s ‘Global Public Service Team of the Year 2019’ in the Championing Equality category.
- As a dual category winner in the 2019 Australian Access Awards. Winning Accessibility Initiative of the Year and Government Website of the Year.
- Achieving the Plain English Campaign’s Internet Crystal Mark in August 2020 for the high standard of plain language used on the website.
City of Adelaide: Quentin Kenihan inclusive play space
A new inclusive play space has been constructed in Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka to honour the legacy of disability advocate Quentin Kenihan. The play space is a safe environment for children of all abilities to play and was completed in December 2020. Key features include:
- play experiences that cater for all ages and abilities
- provision of accessible parking and paths to the space
- provision of fully accessible toilet facilities, including an accredited Changing Places facility.
City of Charles Sturt: Henley Beach
Henley Beach, located in the City of Charles Sturt, now has the first totally accessible beach in the state with the completion of the Changing Places facility and beach mats available to use 24/7.
City of Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans says, “Henley Beach is the ideal location for the Changing Places. We have a beautiful beach which now has a beach mat available any day or night as well as the free beach wheelchairs available for half day loan. There are also great cafes, restaurants and shops and knowing there is a clean, accessible facility nearby will be reassuring for those with a disability, their families and their carers.”
State Library of South Australia: Phil Cummings exhibition
The Phil Cummings exhibition that ran in 2019/2020 used spaces that were designed to be accessible to visitors including those with sensory and mobility requirements. The State Library included captioning on all videos and employed an interpreter for the deaf. The State Library also created videos in collaboration with Klemzig School and the Centre for Deaf Education to make the content and experiences more accessible and inclusive. Braille was also applied to books available to the public.