The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring greater access to the arts for all Australians. This includes providing access to our programs and services for people with disability. Council offers the following access and encourages people to notify us of any other access requirements they may have.
- website accessibility
- grants accessibility
- event and venue accessibility
- National Relay Service
- Auslan interpreter service
- First Nations languages
- other non-English languages
- phonic ear sound system
- audio description
- Easy English.
The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring our website complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines developed by W3C. This website meets all W3C Priority 1 and Priority 2 checkpoints, meaning that the Australia Council meets the Level AA Success Criteria. You can see all the available pages on the sitemap.
If you have any concerns or questions about the accessibility of our website please feel free to provide us with your feedback via
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone: +61 (0)2 9215 9000 or Toll Free 1800 226 912.
You can view the Web Accessibility Initiative website for useful instructions on How to Change Text Size or Colours.
All Australia Council grants information including guidelines and application forms are available in accessible formats, upon request. Formats include word documents, audio disk, Braille, Easy English and large print. Please note that requests for translated materials will need to allow for a three week turnaround time.
We also accept sections of applications for all our programs in accessible formats. Formats include Auslan, audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten formats. Contact our grants team to discuss your specific requirements.
- email: email@example.com
- telephone: +61 (0)2 9215 9000 or Toll Free 1800 226 912.
Event and venue accessibility
The Australia Council is committed to ensuring all our events and client meetings are accessible.
This includes ensuring:
- venues are wheelchair accessible
- all promotional material includes an access ‘by-line’ and symbol, indicating that the event is wheelchair accessible
- the ‘by-line’ will also invite guests to notify us of any other access requirements they may have.
National Relay Service
The Australia Council uses the National Relay Service to increase access to our programs and services for people who are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. The National Relay Service is an Australia-wide telephone access service available to anyone who is Deaf or has a hearing or speech impairment.
To make a National Relay Service call:
Type and read, type and listen, or speak and read
133 677 or toll-free on 1800 555 677 Speak and listen (speech to speech relay)
1300 555 727 or toll-free on 1800 555 727
The Australia Council’s toll-free number is 1800 226 912.
Auslan interpreter service
The Australia Council offers an Auslan Interpreter Service for people who are Deaf or who have a hearing impairment. If you require the use of this service when attending an Australia Council event or when meeting with our staff, please notify us directly and we will arrange an interpreter for you.
The Interpreter Service is available throughout Australia, including in regional areas.
To ensure an interpreter is available we will need to receive your request at least two weeks prior to the event.
First Nations languages
The Australia Council supports the use of Indigenous languages. If you would like to discuss your project or submit your application in your first language, please contact an Indigenous language centre. For a list of Indigenous language centres in your area, refer to the National Indigenous Languages Contacts Directory available from FATSILC – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Corporation of Languages, 295 King Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, phone 03 9602 4700 or visit www.fatsil.org.
Other non–English languages
If you would like to speak with Australia Council staff in your first language, please telephone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (local call anywhere in Australia) and ask to be connected with the Australia Council. We also accept applications for all our programs in languages other than English.
The Australia Council offers an audio description service at events, to assist those who are blind or vision impaired. If you are planning to attend an Australia Council public information session or event and would benefit from the audio description service, please contact AudioDescription@australiacouncil.gov.au to place a request.
The Australia Council also provides audio description equipment and support to arts organisations for their own events. If you represent an arts organisation and would like assistance to make an event more accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired contact us at AudioDescription@australiacouncil.gov.au.
Easy English is specifically designed to make sense to people who have difficulty reading and understanding English. Easy English combines text and images to convey information simply and directly.
The following Australia Council Publications are currently available in Easy English format.
- Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
- Connecting Australians
- Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey
- Leadership Program
- Making Art Work.
The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring greater access to the arts for all Australians. This includes providing access to our programs and services for people with disabilities.
Resizing text on this website
You can change the size of the text on our website to suit your preference using your browser setting. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the View menu at the top of your screen, select Text size, then choose to view with larger or smaller type. For other browsers, consult the browser help for details.
You can also view the Web Accessibility Initiative website for useful instructions on How to Change Text Size or Colours.
Phonic Ear Sound System
The Australia Council now has a Phonic Ear Sound System which assists to amplify and clarify sound in public presentation contexts, for people who are hearing impaired. The system is fully portable, making it available for use anywhere in Australia.
If you are planning to attend an Australia Council public information session or event and would benefit from the use of the Phonic Ear system, please contact us directly to place a request.
- Audio Description and Tactile Tours: information available via Vision Australia
- Large Print: books available via Random House
- Braille: Braille information technologies information available via Vision Australia. Publications can be found through the National Braille Reserve Collection at the National Library of Australia
- Auslan Interpretation: interpreters around Australia are available through Auslan Services
- Hearing Augmentation: information available through Deafness Forum of Australia
- Captioning services: information available via Media Access Australia
- Easy English: information available through Access Easy English
- Web Accessibility and Usability: guidelines for preparing accessible website content available through the Digital Transformation Office.
Arts and Disability Networks
- Accessible Arts NSW
- Access Arts Queensland
- Arts Access Australia
- Arts Access Darwin
- Arts Access Victoria
- Canberra Arts Access Network
- DADAA WA.
Arts and Disability Research and Publications
- Raw Law – Your art, your rights
- Picture This: Increasing the cultural participation of people with a disability in Victoria
- National Arts and Disability Strategy
- National Disability Strategy.
- Jo Verrent. Leadership and Disability (57:07)
- 2014 International Day for People with Disability - Caroline Bowditch (57:50)
- Unlimited Discussion 2014 (59:44)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP) 2014-16. Audio version Chapters 1-10
- Three Questions with Tony Grybowski (03:12)
- Disability Action Plan. A montage of work (14:41)
- The Australia Council for the Arts Launch their Disability Action Plan 2014-2016. Tuesday 3 December 2013 (29:42)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP): Panel discussion Number 3 – Arts Practice (06:28)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP): Panel discussion Number 2 – Accessibility (24:34)
- Disability Action Plan (DAP): Panel discussion Number 1 – Leadership (12:03)
- Watch: 2015 Funding information Session (1:22:27).
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