The role of public procurement in improving accessibility to ICT

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Telecommunications Journal of Australia, ISSN: 0040-2486, Vol: 63, Issue: 2

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Astbrink, Gunela; Tibben, William
Telecommunications Association Inc.
Engineering; era2015; role; public; accessibility; procurement; ict; improving; Science and Technology Studies
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Government bodies use public procurement policies and mechanisms to purchase ICT products and services. Some governments in OECD countries apply accessibility criteria when procuring ICT to improve access to their services and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This may have a flow-on effect of greater availability of affordable and accessible ICT thus improving digital inclusion. This paper outlines research on comparative analysis of the situation in Australia with current policy in OECD countries. The research resulted in recommendations for a consumer-oriented plan to work with Australian governments on the introduction of accessibility criteria in ICT public procurement.