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Ensuring banking access for all Australians.

The Australian banking industry is committed to ensuring the accessibility of all banking products and services for all people, including those with disability.

When it comes to banking, every customer counts, and banks wanted to make sure that their apps, ATMs, online services, in branch services and any other banking related products were accessible to all Australians.

Accessibility Review

As part of an industry wide commitment to inclusive banking, the industry undertook a comprehensive review of its accessibility standards – the first such review in more than 15 years.

The review was led by Dr Graeme Innes and was supported by various bank representatives, who formed the Accessibility Working Group. He also sought input from key disability sector stakeholders and technical experts.

The result is a set of principles of accessible design which cover all areas of banking, including:

  • general accessibility
  • digital channels (websites and mobile banking)
  • device design and use
  • telephone services
  • voice activated services or AI
  • specific areas related to customer authentication

The banking industry is committed to ensuring that all Australian’s can access their products and services – believing that every customer counts, and that access to banking is a fundamental human right.

The Principles

To help keep up with rapidly changing technological advancements, the Principles will be reviewed every two years.

The principles ensure that banking services in Australia are optimally placed to deliver the best accessibility and inclusive experience for their users.

The three dimensions to inclusive design encompass:

  1. Recognise diversity and uniqueness
  2. Inclusive process and tools: include people from diverse groups, with diverse needs and perspectives, into product and service design
  3. Broader beneficial impact: takes into consideration the context and environment and seeks solutions that benefit everyone through flexibility, adaption and personalisation.

For further information, please view the The ABA’s media release on accessibility.

You can also access The Guiding Principles of Accessible Authentication.

The Accessibility Principles for Banking Services (PDF) are based around Universal Design Principles and WCAG Principles. A Word document version (DOC) is also available for download as well as a printable summary brochure (PDF) of the Accessibility Principles for Banking Services.

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