Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy 2012 Progress

In 2010 the Australian Government developed a strategy for improved web services, with the aim of ensuring government provided a more accessible and usable web environment that would better engage with, provide services to, and allow participation from, all people within our society. The strategy mandated the adoption of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) for all government online services and information.

The Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS) set out the work plan for transition to, and implementation of, WCAG 2.0 over a four year period. The strategy established mid-point and end-point milestones for progressive accessibility enhancement of the Australian Government web environment. It also established a reporting regime to monitor agency progress in implementing the strategy.

This report provides a snapshot of agency progress in their transition to more accessible government services and information for everyone. The report is based on agency reported data from the mid 2013 survey of NTS progress as at December 2012. Some key findings include:

  • The Australian Government is making significant progress in improving the accessibility of online information and service delivery. The reported level of WCAG 2.0 conformance has increased from 5% to 26% over the 2 years since the 2010 Baseline Report.
  • 46% of websites currently reported as non-conforming are moving directly to WCAG 2.0 level AA; an efficient move on agencies part by reducing the workload and minimising the costs of implementation.
  • 73% of agencies have re-evaluated their web publishing processes; a further 21% indicated that they intend to do so in the future.
  • 58% have changed their content management systems to improve their capability to support accessible websites; another 27% intend to change their CMS in the future.
  • 97% of agencies have already, or have stated an intention to, conduct an ICT procurement review to ensure accessibility is specifically considered in procurement processes.

Further details from the survey are included in the report:

Last updated: 06 March 2014