Accessibility toolkit

The accessibility toolkit is a compilation of resources and tools from leading experts in accessibility.

Select the topics that best apply to your content and accessibility needs.

When in doubt, publish as a web page.

Use these resources to gain a better understanding of why accessibility is important, how to take an inclusive approach to content and how to test for accessibility.

Inclusive design

Testing accessibility

Colour contrast

Websites

Assistive technology

People with accessibility needs may use assistive technology to access content. Testing your content with these technologies is the most accurate way of making sure it's accessible.

Screen readers

  • NVDA - free screen reader available for download (request IT support to install).

Device personalisation

Use these resources to help optimise your content in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, websites or any text publishing platform.

Web

Microsoft Office

Google docs

4Syllables accessibility resources

Use these resources to optimise PDFs for accessibility.

Adobe

W3C

Use these resources to optimise data for accessibility.

Use these resources for making rich and multimedia content like audio and video accessible.

Images and graphics

Video

Within the department

Outside the department

Some companies offer content accessibility audits and can re-create content to comply with accessibility standards. This can be helpful if you have a lot of content to make accessible in a short period of time, however it won?t help build capacity and skills across your team.

Some trusted suppliers include:

  • All Equal - offers accessible content creation, testing and remediation (web, video and documents), as well professional learning
  • Me2 Accessibility - offers website testing, training and document remediation
  • Accessibility Oz - can provide a range of services including website testing and document remediation
  • Vision Australia - offer website testing and document remediation.
  • Media Access - offer an accessible document service, as well as auditing and testing.

Audit

If you haven't done a recent content audit, evaluate your content and remove out-of-date web pages and documents. If it's not useful, current or popular, you may be able to unpublish or delete it. You should also review our checklist for accessible content to ensure your content meets the requirements.

Prioritise

Sort your remaining content by date to prioritise what needs to be made accessible first.

  1. Any new web content or documents need to be accessible. No exceptions.
  2. Prioritise legacy content created after 31 December 2014 based on:
    1. importance (legal or business requirement) - does it align with directorate/unit priorities or some other obligation to have the content?
    2. popularity - use analytics to find out page views/file downloads. If it's not being used, consider unpublishing or deleting the page/document.
  3. Prioritise legacy content created before 31 December 2014 based on:
    1. importance
    2. popularity.

3. Plan

Create a timeline and assign the people responsible for making your content accessible within 6 to 12 months, depending on how much you have. Use this Google sheets accessibility planner template to start planning.

  1. Fill it out with your existing content (copy URLs from your content audit if you have done one).
  2. Give scores based on importance and popularity and give a priority number.
  3. Arrange in order of the priority column.
  4. Assign a date in the next 6 months to make accessible.
  5. Assign a person responsible.
  6. Document the date completed.

4. Create with accessibility in mind

5. Health checks

Do regular audits of your content to pick up any accessibility errors.

Need more help?

If you would like to do more to make your content accessible:

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