Understanding accessible procurement and applying AS EN 301 549
In 2016 Australia adopted the European Standard EN 301 549 (Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services) to guide public and private procurement of accessible ICT products from websites to kiosks.
The European standard has since been updated to reflect WCAG 2.1 and Australia is adopting this as AS EN 301 549:2020.
Andrew and Neil will discuss the updated standard with its improved documentation and how to use it for accessible ICT procurement.
Principal Consultant, Intopia
Andrew Arch is a Principal Consultant with Intopia and has been working in the field of digital accessibility for over 20 years.
During this time, he established the digital access team at Vision Australia, worked on ageing and disability at the W3C in Europe and as the senior accessibility and inclusion expert in the Australian Government, including at the Digital Transformation Agency.
Andrew is also a long-term participant in the Education and Outreach Working Group of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and Chairs the ICT Accessibility Committee at Standards Australia.
National Manager Digital Access, Vision Australia
Neil King is the National Manager Digital Access with Vision Australia. Over the past 13 years he has worked with a large number of government departments and commercial organisations in both Europe and Australia promoting usability and accessibility.
He was a lead researcher in a number of high profile inclusive design research projects including the 2004 UK Disability Rights Commission’s first Formal Investigation into website accessibility, and the 2010 Australian Government study into the Accessibility of the Portable Document Format for people with a disability; the findings of both of these studies had a direct impact on subsequent government legislation.
Neil is also a member of the ICT Accessibility Committee at Standards Australia.