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International Web Accessibility Summit

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2000

Real Law In Virtual Reality: Web Access For Australians With A Disability

In this presentation Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes briefly describes the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act and its application to operators of websites, discusses the findings of the Commission's report on Access to Electronic Commerce For Older Australians And People With A Disability, and considers future directions in this area.


Photograph of Graeme InnesGraeme Innes
Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission

Graeme Innes is a lawyer and mediator, and has been an equal opportunity practitioner for over 15 years. He was appointed as Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in September 1999. In this role he assists with the handling of public enquiries, exemption applications and the development of standards under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Graeme has worked in this field in NSW and WA and is currently a part-time member of four Tribunals;

Graeme has been active in the disability field for over twenty years. He has served on the Committees and Boards of numerous consumer and service-provision organisations. He was Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia for four and a half years, and a member for a further two years.

Graeme has provided advice to organisations such as Westpac, Qantas, Sydney Water and numerous local councils on employment of, and service provision to, people with a disability.

Graeme is also a well-known conference and "after-dinner" speaker.

Graeme received an A.M. in the 1995 Australian honours for his contribution to the drafting and enactment of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act.

Graeme is married with a teenage son and a pre-school age daughter. He enjoys the sports of cricket (as a spectator) and sailing (as a participant).

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