Policy

BCA’s National Policy function provides systemic advocacy and information services to break down the barriers of inequity and injustice that confront Australians who are blind or vision impaired. These barriers can include discrimination in the labor market, inaccessible voting practices at elections and the low level of specialist support teachers for children who are blind or vision impaired.

BCA works to remove these, and other barriers, through the development and promotion of pertinent, evidence based public policy that draws on the organisation’s membership and the expertise of BCA’s National Policy Council (NPC).

This page contains extensive information and resources on many systemic advocacy matters facing Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

BCA encourages all persons concerned about the needs of individuals who are blind or vision impaired, and their families, to use these resources and lobby governments throughout Australia to improve the rights of the community of blind and vision impaired.

Photo of Lauren Henley speaking at United National Conference of States Parties (COSP) in New York, June 2014

Lauren Henley speaking at United National Conference of States Parties (COSP) in New York, June 2014

National Policy Council

Chair: Fiona Woods (NSW), Board representative

Julie Sutherland (SA), National Women’s Branch representative

David Squirrell (SA)

Lynne Davis (NSW)

David Morrell (TAS)

Steve Richardson (QLD)

Joanne Chua (SA), Board representative

Helen Freris (VIC), Board representative

Martin Stewart (VIC)

Andrew Webster (ACT)

BCA Policy

Below you will find a list of BCA’s current policies. These policies are constantly being updated to stay in touch with current thinking and new policies are being added on a regular basis.

Access to Information

Access to Information Technology and Telecommunications

Education

Employment

We have also created a series of factsheets which challenge assumptions about what people who are blind or vision impaired can do, bust myths, provide guidance on legal blindness and how people who are blind access information and where you can get more information.

All of the above documents are also available in large print, braille, audio and on data CD.

Take a peek at a list of jobs people who are blind or vision impaired have undertaken

Health Services

In The Home

Jury Service

Service Providers

Transport, Travel and Built Environment

BCA Campaigns

To support and move our policy objectives forward Blind Citizens Australia will often design and implement a campaign to influence change.

View our current campaigns