People with vision impairment now have greater access to books and published material. This follows Australia’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty which came into force on September 30 that makes formats such as large print, braille and audio more accessible. Australia was among the first 20 countries join the Treaty that ensures that approximately 285 million blind and visually impaired people worldwide can benefit from the cross-border sharing of accessible content.
The Treaty is an international agreement and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, vision impaired and otherwise print enabled.
In addition to the ratification, the Turnbull Government is consulting on a number of legislative amendments to further enhance access to content by people with disability and expects to introduce legislation into Parliament shortly.
For more information visit: www.communications.gov.au/marrakeshtreaty