Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2006 – 2010


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to National Broadband Network: Regulatory Reform for 21st Century Broadband Discussion Paper (June 2009) [PDF]  [Word]

On 7 April 2009 the Australian Government announced that it was seeking views on options for reforming the existing telecommunications regime to make it work more effectively, particularly during the transition to the National Broadband Network. A discussion paper was released inviting comment from interested parties by June 2009. A Discussion Paper was released which outlined various reform options that the Government is considering to reform the telecommunications regulatory framework. . This Submission is WWDA’s response to the National Broadband Network: Regulatory Reform for 21st Century Broadband Discussion Paper. Copyright WWDA June 2009.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Review of Consumer-related Industry Code Processes (May 2009) [PDF]  [Word]

On 31 March 2009 the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, announced a review of the processes used to develop and review consumer-related industry codes made under Part 6 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. Input was invited from interested parties on ways to reform these processes to make them more efficient, effective and responsive. This Submission is WWDA’s response to the Review of Consumer-related Industry Code Processes. Copyright WWDA May 2009.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Feasibility Study into an Independent Disability Equipment Program (April 2009) [PDF]  [Word]

On 16 February 2009, Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, announced that his Department would undertake a feasibility study into whether a disability equipment program that is independent of telecommunications carriers should be established. A discussion paper was prepared around the Terms of Reference for the study, and outlined some of the key issues relating to the supply of specialised telecommunications equipment to people with disabilities. This Submission is WWDA’s response to the Discussion Paper ‘Feasibility Study into an Independent Disability Equipment Program’. Copyright WWDA April 2009.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Phone-glish: a short dictionary of mobile communication in Australia (2008)

During the past few years Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has been approached on a number of occasions by constituents who have voiced their confusion about the complexity of the telecommunications industry. Problems have particularly arisen at the time when women with disabilities are making purchase choices, especially when trying to get information about mobile phone handsets. In 2008, in response to these dilemmas faced by consumers with disabilities, WWDA developed ‘Phone-glish – a short dictionary of mobile communication in Australia’. Copyright WWDA April 2008.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Department of Communications, Information Technology & the Arts ‘Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO) Review’ (2007) [PDF]  [Word]

This Submission is the response from Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to the Department of Communications, Information Technology & the Arts ‘Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO) Review’. WWDA is supported by the Australian Government to represent it constituents in communications matters, through the Telecommunications Consumer Representation Grants Program of the Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts. This Submission was prepared by WWDA’s Telecommunications Group, chaired by Sue Salthouse. Copyright WWDA 2007.