The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation which operates as the peak body representing people who are blind or vision impaired in Australia. Its works to influence the policy agenda of governments and to raise awareness of blindness and vision impairment issues within the sector and beyond.
The ABF is funded by contributions from its members which include major blindness agencies across Australia and the consumer group Blind Citizens Australia. We are a member of the World Blindness Union , and through this membership a member of the World Blindness Union Asia Pacific.
This website has been developed to work well whether you are blind, have low vision or are fully sighted. It has also been designed for use on a computer, smart phone or other device. Our website has been developed by a person who is blind. Read more
ABF Federal Election Priorities
This Federal Election the ABF is advocating for six key areas of need.
- Improvements to the NDIS
- Effective and relevant aged care support and services
- Employment Access and improved education experiences and outcomes
- Audio Description
- Independence and safe mobility
- The right to a secret, independent and verifiable vote
We seek commitment to the six key areas of need to build a nation where people who are blind or vision impaired can lead lives with choice and control, whether they be in our nation’s cities, towns, suburbs, regions or remote communities.
Use the links below to read or download the Priorities document in Word or PDF format.
ABF and Vision 2020 Australia to Integrate
The Boards of the Australian Blindness Forum and Vision 2020 Australia are pleased to announce they have agreed to combine their efforts to advocate for improved services, systems and opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. This will result in Vision 2020 Australia becoming the the single peak body for service providers working in the blindness and low vision sector, with its efforts complementing those of Blind Citizens Australia. Read the full media statement here
Our March 2019 Forum heard from politicians, researchers and opinion leaders across the sector. Read our Communique here