OZeWAI – Australian Web Accessibility Initiative (OZeWAI) is the largest representative body of digital accessibility (DA) professionals in Australia. OZeWAI members advise businesses, companies, not-for-profit organisations and other entities how to make their digital products accessible for people with disabilities.
OZeWAI advocates for the interests of the sector, administers the system of self-regulation including the Code, educates Digital Accessibility practitioners, promotes research and creates forums for the exchange of knowledge.
The OZeWAI Code is an agreed, self-regulatory code of conduct for Digital Accessibility professionals in Australia. It aims to raise standards of conduct across the sector by building member expertise and currency in Digital Accessibility practice.
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About this Code
- The Code applies to OZeWAI Members.
- The Code commits Members to high standards of ethical conduct.
- The Code is self-regulatory and does not replace or override any law.
- Adherence to the Code is a requirement of OZeWAI membership.
- Members will comply with all Federal, State and Municipal laws and regulations applicable to Digital Accessibility.
- Members agree to monitor their adherence to the Code and report their compliance annually to OZeWAI by a Member representative authorised to do so.
- Members agree to accept the decision of the Code Authority in respect of any complaint brought against them under the Code.
- Members agree to have their adherence to the Code checked by OZeWAI.
- Members will not engage in activities that bring Digital Accessibility into disrepute.
- Members will act openly, honestly and with regard to their responsibility for public trust.
- Members will act with respect for professional Digital Accessibility and Service Users.
- Members will not exploit relationships with Service Users.
- Members will conduct themselves in a manner that encourages others to aspire to the same high standards, valuing privacy, confidentiality, trust and integrity.
- Members will be transparent about the work they do, including how Digital Accessibility decisions are made and enacted.
- Members will ensure they respect and maintain the rights of people with disability as the beneficiaries and active participants in accessibility practice.
- Members will ensure that they continue to keep up to date on Digital Accessibility practice
- Members will adhere to the Code of Conduct when attending OZeWAI events, conferences and meetings
Administration and enforcement
- Anyone can make a Complaint to OZeWAI that a Member has breached the Code.
- All Complaints will be investigated in a timely manner by the Code Authority.
- Members will be advised by the Code Authority when a Complaint against them is being investigated.
- Members agree to assist and co-operate with the Code Authority’s investigation of a Complaint.
- If a Complaint is upheld by the Code Authority, a Member can appeal the result of the investigation.
- Members agree to abide by the Authority’s post-appeal decision.
- If a complaint is upheld by the Authority after appeal and the Member does not accept the decision and / or amend the practices that were the basis of the Complaint, their Membership will be cancelled.
- Code: means the document that commits OZeWAI Members to high standards of ethical conduct
- Code Authority: means a committee established by the OZeWAI Committee pursuant to the OZeWAI constitution for the purposes of deciding on matters related to the Code.
- Complaint: means a notice in writing sent by any person to OZeWAI, by way of a completed complaint form, concerning an alleged breach by an OZeWAI Member of any part of the Code.
- Member: organisational Member of OZeWAI
- OZeWAI: OZeWAI – Australian Web Accessibility Initiative
- Service User: means person with lived experience of disability