Government websites to be WCAG 2.0 compliant by 2015

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:14am

The Australian government announced today that it will join the international community by committing to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 compliance of government websites by 2015.

Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten made the announcement, the first time that the Australian government has set a specific target date for the implementation of a web accessibility standard.

Lindsay Tanner said, “The standards contained in WCAG 2.0 were in line with internationally recognised best-practice and stipulated that all government websites adhere to these new standards by 2015.”

To achieve this, the government will establish a National Transition Strategy to ensure that compliance is achieved.

Media Access Australia is a member of the W3C and welcomes the decision, which will make a significant difference to the provision of government information to people with disabilities.

Further information can be found on the Minister for Finance WCAG 2.0 media release.  

 


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