Welcome to the home of the Australian Braille Authority.


fingers touching brailleThe 6th General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille is being held in Baltimore, USA from 22 to 26 May 2016. Australia’s delegation is led by ABA Chair Jordie Howell, with ICEB treasurer Bill Jolley, Josie Howse and Leona Holloway. Live web streaming is available.

The 2016 ABA General Meeting was held on Saturday 14 May at the Bayview on the Park Hotel in Melbourne. Thank you to all involved, and in particular our outgoing ABA Chair, Christine Simpson. We welcome a new ABA Executive Committee and Chair, Jordie Howell.

The ABA Rules and Guidelines for Formatting Braille were launched in May at the 2016 Round Table Conference. All braille producers in Australia are urged to download the Guidelines and ensure that you are familiar with them.

The 2016 Trans-Tasman Certificate of Proficiency in Unified English Braille will be held over the first two weeks of October. Candidates will be allowed one week to complete the test, beginning on your preferred date of 1 or 8 October.

The International Council on English Braille has announced the addition of two new words in which shortforms can be used: unsaid and unrepaid. These changes can be implemented immediately.

A number of major resources have recently been released to assist teachers, parents and transcribers in learning and understanding Unified English Braille, the braille code used in Australia:

What we do

The Australian Braille Authority (ABA) oversees the development and maintenance of Braille codes and specifications used in Australia, acts as a braille accreditation body, and promotes braille as the primary literacy medium for people who are blind, deafblind, or have severe vision impairment.

Our structure and objectives

The Australian Braille Authority is a sub-committee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc.

The ABA is managed by an Executive Committee and has Regional Braille Forums.

The ABA Executive Committee meets regularly by teleconference and usually once a year in person for detailed consideration of priority issues.

The ABA was established in 1982 and operates with these Objectives. The ABA’s Terms of Reference (zip doc & brf 46kb) were adopted in August 2011 and amended in November 2012. In addition, these Model Operational Guidelines for Regional Braille Forums (zip doc & brf 46kb) were made under Clause 32 of the Australian Braille Authority’s Terms of Reference (adopted August 2011) and were approved by the ABA Executive at its meeting of 10 August 2011.

Annual reports

The ABA holds its general meeting in April or May each year as part of the Round Table Conference. At these meetings, reports are presented by the ABA Chair and each Regional Forum.

Further annual reports can be found in our archives.

More information

For more information about the Australian Braille Authority and related matters, please contact us.

Our website

Thank you for visiting the Australian Braille Authority website.
Please visit again soon as we continue to grow the site and add topics of interest.
Suggestions for improvements are invited and should be sent to aba@printdisability.org.

link to Round Table websiteThe Australian Braille Authority is a subcommittee of the Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability Inc.

Last updated: May 23, 2016 at 1:38 am