Why use Easy English?

Legislative and policy framework


UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability. 2006.
Australia is a signatory to this convention.
Article 9 and 21 of this Convention are of particular importance when you consider access to information.
A. Primary Version

B. Easy Read Version 2007 (UK) (Developed by the UN) 

C. Easy English (Australian) Developed by Women with Disabilities Australia with the support of Access Easy English.  2020. Click here and go to part 2.

Australian Federal Government

Some specific laws, policies and current policies relating to access to information and Easy English.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013

The Australian Human Rights Commission  Links to Australian laws as they relate to rights and discrimination.

Disability Rights

National Disability Strategy 2021 – 2031 

National Standards for Disability Services

Disability Standards for Education, 2005

Summary of the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education

National Statement on Health Literacy

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) - UPDATED May 2021 


As an example, these are some of the laws in Victoria which apply to Easy English.

Victorian Human Rights and Responsibility Charter. 2006.

Victorian Disability Act. 2006.

Victorian Disability State Plan, 2022-2026

Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010

Victorian Government External Communications Access Policy 2014

In 2014 Access Easy English wrote How to comply with the Victorian Government Accessible Communication Guidelines 2014 for the Victorian Government intranet. It is available to assist all staff working in the government to begin to learn about and use Easy English. Search for it on the Victorian Government Intranet.


Human Rights Act 2019

Access Easy English
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