Accessibility

NOPSEMA is currently working to ensure that this website is compliant with the International standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which is known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), currently at Version 2.0.  WCAG 2.0 has now been recognised as ISO 40500:2012. These guidelines describe how to make web-based content more accessible to people with disabilities. We are committed to ensuring compliance to Level AA of WCAG 2.0 in accordance with the Australian Government Web Guide and the National Transition Strategy.  

About this website

The NOPSEMA website has been designed to be as inclusive as practicable. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty with accessibility of any part of the NOPSEMA website, please don't hesitate to provide feedback to us, either by email at information@nopsema.gov.au or by telephone at (08) 6188 8700.

Technology

This website has been developed using XHTML 1.0 and CSS standards. While the website should be operable in a multitude of browsers, best performance should be obtained using Internet Explorer for versions 10 onwards.  We suggest that if possible the website is used with JavaScript enabled and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.

Using this website

Text resize

You can use your browser's zoom function to increase the text size. To use your browser's zoom function please follow these instructions:

Internet Explorer on Microsoft Windows

Select the 'View' menu then the 'Zoom' option; or
Hold 'Ctrl' and press the '+' (plus) or '-' (minus) keys

Firefox on Microsoft Windows

Select the 'View' menu then the 'Zoom' option; or
Hold 'Ctrl' and press the '+' (plus) or '-' (minus) keys

Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows

Select the 'Customise and control' menu then the 'Zoom' option; or
Hold 'Ctrl' and press the '+' (plus) or '-' (minus) keys

Safari on Mac OSX

Select the 'View' menu then the 'Zoom in' or 'Zoom out' option; or
hold 'Command' and press the '+' (plus) or '-' (minus) keys.

Changing the colour scheme and contrast

Different browsers will allow you to customise the colour scheme and contrast levels to suit individual needs. Helpful information on the different browsers and methods for customising the font colours and background colours can be found on the BBC's My Web My Way guide.

Navigation using a screen reader

The functionality of this website has been tested by people with disabilities and using both JAWS and NVDA.  Visitors using recent versions of screen readers can navigate using the following keystrokes:

Headings

  • 'H' to cycle forwards through the headings

  • 'Shift' + 'H' to cycle backwards through the headings

  • '1' to navigate to the next level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the next heading on this level)

  • 'Shift' + '1' to navigate to the previous level 1 heading (or a number between 1 and 6 to navigate to the previous heading on this level)

  • 'Insert' + 'F6' to provide a list of all headings

  • Press the 'Tab' key to proceed through the links or 'Shift' + 'Tab' to cycle backwards through the links.

  • You can also press the letter ‘k’ to cycle through the links and Shift + ‘k’ to cycle backwards through the links.

  • 'Insert' + 'F7' to provide a list of all links

Links

  • Press the 'Tab' key to proceed through the links or 'Shift' + 'Tab' to cycle backwards through the links.

  • You can also press the letter ‘k’ to cycle through the links and Shift + ‘k’ to cycle backwards through the links.

  • 'Insert' + 'F7' to provide a list of all links

Navigation in Opera

If you are using Opera, you can use the 's' key to cycle forwards through the headings, and the 'w' key to cycle backwards through the headings.

Help with accessing PDF files

To read PDF documents you need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Commonly this is already on your computer, installed with your web browser. But if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it for free from adobe.com

You can customise colours displayed in PDFs by choosing Edit > Preferences > Accessibility > Replace Document Colors. Then choose a colour scheme that matches your requirements.

Exceptions

Whilst NOPSEMA strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.

At the present time not all documents found on this website are fully accessible, with some of them being available only in a Portable Document Format (PDF). We are currently remediating web-based documents and this is an on-going process due to the large numbers of documents on the website.  If there is a document you require in a more accessible format, please contact NOPSEMA and we will endeavour to make it available to you as quickly as possible.

Accessibility assessment

Accessibility testing of the NOPSEMA website has been conducted and involved extensive technical accessibility evaluation together with testing by people with disabilities. The user testing was performed by a company that employs trained testers with a wide range of disabilities. The website was tested in November-December 2014 in accordance with the WCAG Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM). The accessibility of the website will be monitored on a regular basis to ensure that compliance is maintained.

We appreciate and welcome your feedback and suggestions.