Accessibility statement

If you need assistance because the document you need is not available in a format you can access, please contact us.

Web standards

We follow World Wide Web Consortium's standards as far as possible - a set of global standards designed to make content available to everyone. This includes following their WCAG 1.0 Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines and, as far as possible with new content, we aim to meet their WCAG 2.0 guidelines. We also aim to meet the Australian Government Information Management Office's mandatory requirements for Australian Government agencies.

Technical aspects

  • The styling of this site is designed to make the content scalable to fit different screen resolutions.
  • This site should display correctly in major browsers.
  • The text is scalable, allowing it to be resized in the browser window.
  • Print style sheets are provided to make printed pages clear and free from unnecessary material not required to be reproduced in print versions.
  • Links are friendly urls and have meaningful link text which can be read by screen readers.


As part of meeting the WCAG 2.0 standards, most material on the site will be provided in HTML format. Some larger documents may be first published in PDF and/or RTF, then provided as soon as possible in an accessible HTML version. Some documents that are impracticable to provide in HTML, eg datasets and submissions provided to the OAIC from external stakeholders, may not be provided in HTML. If you require an accessible version of any document that is not provided in HTML please contact us


Some material on this site is made available in PDF format as well as HTML. We use PDFs because they're portable, printable and reasonably accessible. A free PDF reader can be downloaded here.

Accessibility and PDF files

If you are vision impaired, go to Adobe's screen-reader compatible download page. You may also find it helpful to download the Adobe Access plug-in which supports Windows text reading programs.

For more information on PDF document accessibility go to Adobe's website


All navigation on this site is fully accessible without Javascipt, Cascading Style Sheets or graphical images. The navigation is accessible to screen readers. 


Images on this site have meaningful alternative ‘alt' tags which can be read by screen readers. 

Accessibility help - contact us

Accessibility of this website is very important to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. If you experience problems using this site please send any comments, feedback or questions by email to

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