More than 350,000 Australians are blind or have low vision – 94% of whom are of voting age. As the population continues to grow older and live longer, this number will keep rising.
Significant progress has been made for our community in recent years, including tactile features being added to the next generation of banknotes. But there is much more to be done.
Vision Australia asked all the major and minor parties in the 2016 Federal Election for a commitment to act on these five priority areas:
- Create meaningful employment for people with disability
- Ensure quality education for improved learning outcomes
- Support Senior’s access to blindness and low vision services
- Mandate Audio Description on Australian free-to-air television
- Introduce accessible voting through iVote
You can learn more about our priorities by watching our video and reading the key targets for each area. Download the ‘Vision Australia 2016 Federal Election Priorities’ document’:
- Vision Australia 2016 Federal Election Priorities (Word, 127KB)
- Vision Australia 2016 Federal Election Priorities (PDF, 106KB)
Parties responded to your priorities
We will hold them to account over the coming years, and will continue working with Government to ensure all people who are blind or have low vision can live the life they choose.
Liberal and National Coalition
- Liberal and National Coalition response (Word, 61KB)
- Liberal and National Coalition response (PDF, 422KB)
The Australian Labor Party
The Australian Greens
Nick Xenophon Team
Jacqui Lambie Network
- Jacqui Lambie Network response (Word, 13KB)
The Christian Democratic Party (CDP)
The CDP emailed the following response.
The CDP totally supports the efforts of Vision Australia and supports:
- A commitment to the blindness and low vision community
- Creating meaningful employment for people with disability
- Ensuring quality education for improved learning outcomes
- Supporting Senior’s access to blindness and low vision services
- Mandating Audio Description on Australian free-to-air television
- And supports the Introduction of accessible voting through iVote
Mature Australia Party
The Socialist Alliance
The Socialist Alliance registered in principle support for our five election priorities, and to working with Vision Australia to advocate for their implementation, if elected.
Politicians spoke out on Talking Vision
A number of politicians spoke on our Talking Vision radio program.
- Senator Rachel Siewert, Australia Greens Senator for Western Australia and Disability Spokesperson (Mp3)
- Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Christian Porter MP (Mp3)
- Shadow Minister for Disability Reform, the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP (Mp3)
- Senator Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia and Leader of the Nick Xenophon Team (Mp3)
We want to thank the members of the blindness and low vision community who contributed to our survey on the issues that were most important to them - this feedback helped shape our priorities.