Australian Government Releases the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS)

By Peter Alexander – AGIMO on 30 Jun 2010 2:06pm,

It is our pleasure to announce that the Australian Government Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/wcag-2-implementation/index.html) (NTS) was released today by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Honourable Lindsay Tanner, MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, the Honourable Bill Shorten, MP.

You are no doubt already aware that web accessibility has been a government priority for a number of years and the government endorsement and adoption of WCAG 2.0 will ensure that government websites are more accessible and more user-friendly to everyone.

As the government embraces Web 2.0, and employs more citizen-centric tools to engage with the public, our commitment to accessibility increases.

The NTS sets a course for improved web services, paving the way for a more accessible and usable government web environment.  It supports the implementation of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) across all government websites.

I encourage everyone with responsibility for the provision of online information or services to review the NTS to understand how they can personally contribute to a more accessible government web environment.

The launch of the NTS is an important milestone for government, and for people accessing government information. Never before have we embarked upon such a significant effort to improve website accessibility, delivered on a whole-of-government basis, with strengthened governance and reporting arrangements in-built.

While the transition to WCAG 2.0 will present great challenges and opportunities to government, I am confident these will be overcome and celebrated in
collaboration with our peers across portfolios, jurisdictions and governments around the world.

AGIMO will continue to provide accessibility support and education to agencies to assist with the transition. I invite you to participate in a Community
of Expertise to support the transition to, and implementation of, WCAG 2.0. You can register your interest via
WCAG2@finance.gov.au.

For more information about the NTS, where to start and how-to guidance, please see:

Reproduced from http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/wcag-2-implementation/index.html