The internet should be available to all.

"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

The Australian Human Rights Commission takes seriously its obligation to provide information in accessible formats. Accessibility has been the main aim for the design of our website. The Commission aims to continually improve the website.

Accessibility features


The following list details some of the site-wide navigation features that improve the overall accessibility of this site.

The primary navigation system are menus that provide quick and easy access to the site’s major content areas.

The top menus provide access to the main subsections of the Commission website.

A 'Skip to content' link is available for users using text-only browsers such as lynx or screenreaders. This link is at the top of the page and allows you to skip directly to the content without having to scroll past the site navigation and headers.

Technical requirements

This website will run on a wide range of browsers and operating systems.

Visual design has been optimised for monitors set at 1024 by 768 pixels resolution. The site will still function for users on other settings but it may not be as visually appealing.

Multimedia is used on this site, however we endeavour to make accessible alternatives available where possible, such as transcripts of videos and audio files.


This website has been designed to take into account accessibility issues covered by these standards

Standards compliance

The Commission website has been built according to HTML 5 specifications on the Drupal 7 Content Management System and aims to conform to Web Consortium Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) priority AA checkpoints.

Layout is controlled by Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and has been written according to the CSS 2.1 specifications. The site is still navigable for users who do not use CSS or graphical browsers.

Structured and meaningful Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML) has been used to assist users accessing the site via non-visual means, such as users of screen-reading software.

Transition to WCAG 2.0

The Commission welcomed the release of WCAG 2.0. The Commission's website has been designed with (WCAG 2.0) priority AA checkpoints in mind.

Alternative formats

Please contact us if you need information from the website presented in an alternative format for accessibility reasons.

Site Search

The website search is powered by the Funnelback search engine. This full featured and leading edge system enables quality results based on metadata and full text searching of the site.

Accessibility help - contact Us

Accessibility of this website is very important to the Commission, please contact us if you have any problems with using the site or for any comments, feedback or questions.