We are very proud to be recognised by the Centre for Accessibility Australia as a 'Government website of the year' finalist in the 2023 Australian Access Awards.
The Australian Access Awards recognise organisations and individuals that are showing extraordinary commitment and delivering exceptional outcomes for Australians with disability. The Centre for Accessibility Australia runs the awards every 2 years.
This year they received a record 122 nominations, which led to a record 67 finalists – all recognised for their great achievements in making their website accessible. All entries were assessed by a 9-member judging panel of accessibility experts from across Australia.
The awards will be on 22 November at ANZAC House, Perth.
Find the full list of finalists and learn more about the awards on the Centre for Accessibility Australia website.
What is accessibility?
Accessibility means that websites, tools and technologies are designed and developed so that everyone can use them. This includes people with disability. When we’re looking at making information accessible, we are working to remove barriers some people may have to accessing our information. This includes people who are blind or have low vision, or people who have a cognitive impairment such as dyslexia.
When we remove these barriers and make our information accessible, it benefits everyone in our community. For example, adding captions on a video also helps people in a crowded area who may have forgotten their headphones.
Our work so far
We are committed to making our information and services available to everyone, regardless of disability or technology. We have been working hard to improve the accessibility of our website and our digital documents.
This has included:
- a website audit with Vision Australia and implementing recommendations to achieve WCAG 2.1 AA
- usability testing with people with disability to make sure our website is accessible and easy to use
- internal training and upskilling of our digital and communications teams
- continued staff support through an internal Accessibility Community of Practice
- actions to uplift the accessibility of our digital documents.
You can learn more in our Accessibility statement.