The Tasmanian Government is committed to making information accessible to all members of the Tasmanian community.
The Tasmanian Government and disability
Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (external link), Australian Government agencies are required to ensure information and services are provided in a non-discriminatory and accessible manner.
For more information about how the Tasmanian Government is improving access to information and services for people with disabilities, read the Tasmanian Government Disability Framework for Action (external link).
Web content accessibility
Our aim is to be compliant to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) (external link) standard with some of our content already accessible to level triple A standard of the guidelines.
This website is fully functional for all modern visual browsers, text-only browsers, screen readers, and mobile devices, and has been found to operate optimally in the latest two versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. Most of these browsers update themselves to the latest versions automatically.
The exception to this is Internet Explorer, which does not update itself automatically. This means there are people using older versions of this browser. Our site supports and functions using Internet Explorer 11.
There are many other web browsers on the market, too many for us to reasonably test. However, most of these have been built on top of the technology of Chrome, Safari or Firefox. If it works in these three, it should work in most other browsers.
Across the top of every page are links to Home and Search.
All our pages feature a main navigation menu. This can be accessed using the keyboard as follows:
- When the focus is on a top level menu item, pressing the tab key will move the focus forward along the top level items. Pressing Shift + Tab will move the focus backwards
- Press Enter to get to the hyperlinked destination
Our website uses breadcrumbs. These are a series of links showing the trail back to the homepage from wherever you are in the site. Breadcrumbs sit just underneath the top navigation bar on every webpage. To return to the previous page you were viewing, click on the 'Back' button in your browser or use one of the navigation tools to go directly to the page you want.
This website makes proper use of heading tags, allowing screen reader users to easily navigate to the section of the web page they are interested in.
Text can be re-sized or zoomed within the tools or preferences of most standard web browsers, or you can increase and decrease the size using the following key shortcuts:
- to make text larger:Windows: Control (Ctrl) and plus ( + )
Mac: Command and plus ( + )
- to make text smaller:Windows: Control (Ctrl) and minus ( - )
Mac: Command and minus ( - )
- If using the Microsoft Edge browser, use Reading view mode to unclutter your screen. Hit the book icon in the menu to turn it on/off.
- If using Firefox, select the Toggle reader view icon or press the F9 button on your keyboard.
- Or, in any browser, select Print from the drop-down menu. It unclutters the page and allows you to re-size the page's text as well.
- Windows magnifier: Under your computer's Start menu, run “magnifier” and this will make your entire screen view larger. To stop using magnifier in most browsers, exit the program by selecting the X at the top corner.
- Mac: Select Apple menu then System Preferences. Open the Accessibility panel, and then press Zoom.
- Windows Narrator: Under your computer's Start menu, run “narrator” and this will read the content to you (works on other programs and other websites too). To stop using narrator in most browsers, exit the program by clicking on the X at the top corner.
- Mac VoiceOver: Select the Apple menu button in the top left corner of your screen, then System Preferences and press the Accessibility button. Select VoiceOver. Alternatively, you can press Command-F5 to enable VoiceOver.
You can find more information about the tools to make your computer or device easier to use on the AbilityNet website (external link).
Forms and publications
This website has forms and publications that may not be in HTML format. To assist users to download and share content, most documents are available in Adobe PDF (PDF) or Microsoft Word (Word) format. Most computers already have the software to open these document formats. However, if your computer does not, you can:
- download Adobe Reader for free (external link) to open PDF files and
- download OpenOffice for free (external link) to open Word files
- contact us if you need a particular piece of content in another accessible format
At times, we may publish documents and publications received from third parties and host content on third-party platforms. These documents and platforms may not adhere to the standards followed by the Department of Justice. If you are unable to access this resource via our website, please contact us to request an alternative format.
Using Zoom for meetings
Instructions on how to use Zoom meetings with JAWS software
Instructions on how to use Zoom meetings with NVDA software
Third party content
At times, we may publish documents and publications received from third parties and host content on third-party platforms. These documents and platforms may not adhere to the standards followed by the Department of Justice. Therefore we cannot take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.
Translate this website
Translate this website using the following external links to Google:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
For other language translations (external link) refer to Google Translate, and select from their language list.
The translation links are provided to assist people from non-English speaking backgrounds. However, the Department of Justice is not responsible for the effectiveness of Google Translate.
For help with translating and interpreting (external link) go to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
Problems with accessibility
If you have any problems using our website please contact us.