Centre for Inclusive Design has a 35-year legacy. Throughout that time, the organisation has advocated for the inclusion of all people, particularly those from edge communities that have been excluded from traditional design processes. 

The organisation started as the Australian Captioning Centre, which aimed to promote and produce captions for Deaf and hearing impaired Australians. After selling the commercial captioning operations in 2005, the Centre formed Media Access Australia and became dedicated to increasing web and digital accessibility for people with disabilities.

As the role of technology grew, Media Access Australia realised they needed to tackle issues of exclusion early in the design process. This led to the formation of Centre for Inclusive Design, which advocates for Inclusion to be considered throughout the design process, to ensure products, services and experiences are useful and usable to as many people as possible. The Centre continues to work closely with business, government and the disability sector, in a range of industries and provides strong and consistent advocacy for those excluded in the present society.

Committee and Policy submissions

One of Centre for Inclusive Designs missions is to positively inform and impact policies, to ensure they consider the full range of human diversity. These contributions are informed by our relationships with edge communities, our service experience and through collaborations with others in the sector. Below is a list of committee and policy submission made by Centre for Inclusive Design, arranged by which department or agency they were submitted to:

Australian Banking Association

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Communication and Media Authority

Australian Digital Transformation Agency

Council of Learned Academies

Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts

National Children's Commissioner

National Institute of Standards and Technology (US)

Network for Quality Digital Education

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability


As a centre for excellence in inclusive design, Centre for Inclusive Design and our staff give presentations, talks and facilitate workshops to external organisations. Empowering designs from a range of sectors to make inclusive design decisions is part of our vision to create a world where inclusive design is the norm. Some of Centre for Inclusive Designs recent appearances include:


Collaboration Partners

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