Call for usability test participants

Jacinta - Web Guide Team
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We're now at a stage in the redevelopment of the Web Guide where a rough, prototype-quality, first cut of the new site is ready to be put before users. We'll be putting the site structure, information architecture and usability of the prototype through its paces, and we're hoping you could help us out (and help out your fellow Web Publishing Guide users at the same time).

If you are:

  • Based in Canberra
  • Involved in developing, designing, planning, decommissioning or authoring government websites
  • An Australian Government employee
  • Able to get offsite for 1.5-2 hrs during business hours
  • Willing to 'think aloud'

...please, send the webmanager an email and let us know when you're available. If you have any requirements for assistive technologies that will enable you to better use someone else's computer / web browser, please let us know in advance.


We'll be testing a number of times over the next two months. As dates are firmed up, we'll let you know. What to expect:

  • Test facilitators (who are very friendly) and one or two folk from AGIMO (who will sit in the background, listen quietly and take notes)
  • Comfortable seats
  • A cup of tea / coffee and a biscuit

We're not able to offer any incentives, but you'll sleep a little easier at night, knowing that you've done your [extra] bit to help out users of Australian Government websites. We're anticipating a couple of short, sharp test rounds, allowing us to re-test any modifications or improvements to problems and issues that may be unearthed by earlier tests. We expect that it will be much cheaper and quicker to fix these problems while we're still in the prototyping / design stages, rather than waiting until our internal team has a 'high-quality', near-finished build. Numbers are limited, and our schedule is still being finalised, but we'd love to have a wait list full of 'willing and able' recruits, ready as soon as our test days are announced.

Comments (6)

The old Web Publishing blog had an rss feed, but I don't see one on this new system... did I just miss it or is it not available? Cause I like not having to always check back for updates...

Hi Rachel

A Web Guide RSS feed does actually exist but isn't being displayed outside of the HTML header. We'll work on this in the coming days.

Meanwhile, you can subscribe to the Web Guide only RSS feed at:

I attended a previous consultation about the guide, as I teach web design at the ANU.

But the focus group format was a little too much like an an episode from the ABC TV comedy "The Hollowmen". ;-)

It is interesting that these sessions only involve people who create or are involved with websites. Seems strange that you do not try to involve your end users both within the government and in the community.

Thanks to all those who’ve put their hand up. We’ve got sufficient volunteers for what we need.

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Last updated: 27 July 2016