Position Statements and Advocacy

What is public policy?

Vision Australia’s public policies aim to eliminate barriers and shift community thinking so that people who are blind or have low vision are able to live the life they choose.

Vision Australia makes public comment on many current issues under debate and proactively develops and promotes public policy to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the needs of the blindness and low vision community.

Our public policies are regularly referenced by decision makers across government, business and civil society. Vision Australia also works to disseminate our public policies to relevant of stakeholders.

Our primary objective is to minimise the barriers that people who are blind or who have low vision regularly experience when accessing the community and in exercising their rights as citizens.

Our public policies are updated every three years to ensure that our voice is deliberate, robust, clear and supported by feedback from our clients.

To find out more, you can read Vision Australia's protocol for developing public policy (Word, 57KB) 

Vision Australia's position statements

Our position statements outline our position and reflect current research and consultation with clients, expert staff and other key stakeholders.

See the links below to download our position statements:


The impact of electric / hybrid vehicles and bicycles on pedestrians who are blind or have low vision (Word, 812KB)

Employment Research Survey Report 2018 (Word, 48KB)

Online but off-track - barriers to online learning experienced by university students who are blind or have low vision (Word, 1.07MB)

Employer Attitudes survey results highlight (Word, 47.8 KB)

The University of Melbourne - vision loss and labour force outcomes: executive summary (Word, 99KB)

The University of Melbourne - report on the analysis of Household, Income, and Labour Force Dynamics in Australia [HILDA] Survey data (Word, 319KB)

The University of Melbourne - report on the analysis of the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers [SDAC] data (Word, 124KB)

Briefing paper

International context for audio description (Word, 667 KB)
International context for audio description (PDF, 120 KB)


Vision Australia's Lead Policy Advisor presents to the Round Table Conference May 2016 (Word, 42KB)


Vision Australia regularly comments on government inquiries. Below are some of our more recent submissions.


Vision Australia submission in response to the Commonwealth ICT Procurement Framework (Word 83KB)

Vision Australia submission in response to the forthcoming deliberative forum for young adults: Staying on Track (Word 88KB)

Vision Australia submission on proposed regulations to the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Bill 2017 (Word 80KB)

Vision Australia submission in response to Queensland Rail's request for temporary exemptions under the DDA Act (Word 65KB)



Vision Australia Submission in response to the Inquiry into the 2016 ACT Election June 2017 (Word 85KB)

Vision Australia Submission in Response to The Whole Journey May 2017 (Word 176KB)

Contact the Government Relations and Policy team

If you would like to discuss any of these policies with our policy advisors or obtain an alternate format copy, please contact 1300 84 74 66 or email government.relations@visionaustralia.org