Library users stand to gain from Labor promise of $2 million for more books for people with print disabilities

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is pleased to have played its part in securing a promise of $2 million in funding to make more books available in an accessible format for people with print disability in Australia, if Labor is successful in the 2019 federal election.

The announcement was made by Senator Carol Brown on 4 May 2019.

The funding will go ahead via a partnership with the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI), of which ALIA is a founder member, and will fund two key projects – unifying the data of the print disability libraries through Title Page and the National Library’s Trove, and training the Australian book industry in inclusive publishing practice.

‘This is another example of the book industry working together successfully; getting behind a shared goal and making it happen. If this election promise becomes a reality, it will not only help people who have been blind from birth but also the many thousands of seniors who find themselves unable to read the books they love as their sight fails in later years. Library users across the nation will benefit from a greatly increased pool of books and the prospect of all new releases being ‘born accessible,’ Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO, said.

Additionally, AIPI’s new website launched on 5 May 2019 alongside the reports: Making Content Accessible: A Guide to Navigating Australian Copyright Law for Disability Access and Inclusive Publishing In Australia: An Introductory Guide. You can follow the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative on Twitter at @AipiInclusive and @printdisability. For more information see the website.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.

Contact:  Karolina Firman, Communications Officer,


About the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative:

The Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative is a group of organisation representatives from the publishing and disability services sector.

The initiative is made up of the 2RPH – Radio Reading Service; All Equal; Arts Access Australia; the Australia New Zealand Society of Indexers; the Australian Blindness Forum; the Australian Book Designers Association; the Australian Copyright Agency; the Australian Digital Alliance; the Australian Library and Information Association; the Australian Literary Agents’ Association; the Australian Publishers Association; the Australian Society of Authors; Blind Citizens Australia; the Centre for Inclusive Design; the Australian Copyright Council; the Institute of Professional Editors; Read How You Want; the Round Table on Information for People with Print Disability; the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children; the Royal Society for the Blind and; Vision Australia.

Wednesday 08 May 2019 8:00am