As a government website, our site must deliver up-to-date information to as many users as possible.

To ensure this happens, the site has been built using government guidelines and specific standards. That means that all core information is easily accessible by:

  • People with older systems or browsers
  • People with a slow internet connection
  • people with various abilities

The standards used mean that:

  • all core information is text based
  • the information is in web standard formats (eg, html and pdf)
  • all file sizes are as small as possible
  • pages are structured
  • all text should be easily read
  • the navigation is clear and easy to use
  • any plug-ins required are available for free
  • the site will still be useable with images turned off
  • the site should look the same on different systems and browsers

Barriers to accessibility

Although we are striving to reach AA level of accessibility which should ensure that most people with most technologies will be able to access our website and information, some areas will not meet the required criteria. Mostly they are legacy areas and documents such as our older PDF documents. Some areas rely on particular technologies. In those areas we are aiming at providing the user with alternative ways to obtain the information if they cannot access it via the website.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you have difficulty using any part of it, please contact us.