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Providing access to information for all users, including those with a disability, is really important to us. If there is information on this site in a format you cannot access or if you experience any other accessibility difficulties, please contact us.

Web standards

Digital Access to Collections is committed to providing an accessible web site to the widest possible audience.
This web site aims to conform to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2 (WCAG 2.0), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). 

We have also followed the Australian Government Information Management Office's mandatory requirements for Australian Government agencies. This means:

  • The website is designed to display on all commonly used Internet browsers.
  • The site has been designed to work effectively with accessibility hardware and/or software.
  • To accommodate a range of connection speeds, page sizes have been kept to a minimum. 
  • Our web pages are scalable to accommodate various common screen resolutions.
  • The site offers simple text resizing via the header.
  • Links are friendly urls and have meaningful link text which can be read by screen readers.
  • Images on this site have meaningful alternative 'alt' tags which can be read by screen readers.
  • All navigation on this site is fully accessible without Javascipt, Cascading Style Sheets or graphical images. The navigation is accessible to screen readers.

In addition to this we have also included:

  • ‘Skip to Content’ links are available to navigate through pages and sections on the website. Please note that Skip-tos are invisible on the site but they can be tabbed
  • You can search our website using basic search or advanced search.
  • This website includes proper use of headings that can be navigated through depending on the navigation settings of your screen reader.

Downloadable documents

This website has a limited number of documents that cannot be provided in HTML format. To assist users to download and share web content, some documents are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and/or Microsoft Word (DOC). We have taken steps to ensure, where possible, that alternate formats are available.
 For downloadable documents, an icon appears alongside the document link to indicate the file type and size.

Portable Document Format (PDF)

These files contain both text and images. A PDF file always ends in .pdf.

You need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and access the information contained within PDF files.
If you do not have a PDF reader you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free PDF reader.

People using screen-reading devices generally are unable to read documents directly in PDF format, unless they have an accessibility plug-in installed on their system along with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. This plug-in is available at NO CHARGE from Adobe. Adobe also has online tools that will convert PDF files to HTML on request. To get the plug-in and latest news about Adobe's accessibility tools and services, visit the Access Adobe site

Microsoft Word (DOC)

These files contain both text and images. A Word file name always ends in .doc or docx.

Most word processing applications can open .doc files. If you do not have a word processing application that can view .doc files, you can download Word Viewer, a free .doc reader.

Using this website

Adjusting the text size

You can make the text size on this website larger or smaller using either the text resizing options in the header of the website or by following these keyboard commands:

  1. Hold down the CTRL key (Microsoft Windows) or the ‘Apple’ key (Mac OS X) on your keyboard
  2. Use the + or – key, or scroll with your mouse wheel to make text bigger or smaller

Tab-based navigation

This website allows full tab-based navigation. The website has a main menu of menu items (e.g.  About Us, What We Do, News & Events etc) and each of these menu items has its own sub menu.

  • When you are on a menu item or link pressing enter will take you to that page

  • Pressing enter on a main menu item will take you to that section, which will have its own sub menu
  • Pressing enter on a sub menu item take you to that page and will also expand any subsections below
  • Holding down ‘shift’ as you tab will take you through the tab cycle in reverse order

This website was last tested for Accessibility on the 19 January 2017.

The website was tested utilising the following tools and passed each test:

  1. Keyboard Accessibility using Apple Safari Browser

  2. WAVE - Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

  3. W3C Mark Up Validation Service