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Accessibility

This website is produced by the South West Development Commission. It aims to provide comprehensive information about the South West of Western Australia and the activities of the Commission.

Design accessibility

The site has been designed to be accessible to as many users as possible, including:

  • people who use assistive technologies;
  • those with slower internet connections or less than state of the art equipment;
  • those with non-PC internet devices including hand held devices and mobile phones; and
  • those who use an earlier version of a web browser.

The www.swdc.wa.gov.au website is fully compliant with priority 1 guidelines based on W3C Web Content Accessibility standards.

Why our website needs to be accessible

We cater for people who:

  • may not be able to hear, see, move, or process some types of information easily or at all;
  • have difficulty reading or comprehending text;
  • do not use a keyboard and/or mouse, or have a text only screen;
  • do not reliably understand the language in which the information is written. 

View more information about the Commission's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

Please note: accessibility levels of external websites linked from this site cannot be guaranteed.

Accessibility features

The accessibility features available on this website include:

  • functionality for increasing or decreasing the text size on all pages;
  • descriptive text for images (ALT text) that can be read by assistive technologies;
  • contrasting colour scheme to assist users with visual impairments; and
  • the use of images with small files sizes to decrease load times.

Other formats

You can also request and documents or information available on the website in alternative formats, including:

  • printed hardcopy; or
  • a plain text file

Please use the details available on the contact us page to make any such requests, or to provide feedback on your experience using the site.

Changing your browser settings

You can often change the settings in your web browser to view web pages differently. Go to 'Help' within your browser to view instructions on how to change colours, text size, screen resolution, etc.

Our website supports many different web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, Safari and Opera.

Plug-in requirements

Some documents on this site have been saved in PDF format. To view these documents you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer.This software can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.

Interactive elements of this website require Adobe Flash Player to display correctly. The site can be viewed without installing this software, but for an optimal viewing experience we recommend downloading this software free from the Adobe website.

Microsoft Office documents available on this website have been saved in a format compatible with most commonly used versions of the software. If you have difficulty viewing Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint files from this website you may wish to download Office Online File Converters and Viewers from the Microsoft website.   

As with most websites, Javascript has been used in the development of this website to enable certain elements of the site to function correctly. Javascript is enabled by default in all web browsers. Our website can still be viewed if you have Javascript turned off, but please be aware that some functions may be unavailable.

Other languages

The SWDC website can be viewed in the following languages:

  • Japanese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • French
  • Indonesian
  • German
  • Spanish

The Australian Government provides a Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) for people who do not speak English and for English speakers needing to communicate with them. TIS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone: 131 450.

Assistive technologies

More information on assistive technologies can be obtain from the Disability Services Commission.