New South Wales Government access policy

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The NSW Government Memorandum Captioning of Government Advertising and Public Information Videos, released in 1998, requires that all television commercials must be closed captioned and that all videos be open captioned. 

The NSW Website Style Directive Explanatory Notes [e-PDF], updated in February 2009 and part of the NSW Government Website Style Directive and Internet Guidelines, makes it compulsory for all NSW Government websites to conform to the W3C WCAG 1.0 standard. The Notes also state that:

‘When WCAG 2.0 is released, the website best-practice guidelines will be updated to reflect changed standards and recommendations’.

Also, the NSW Electoral Commission’s Accessibility Statement achieves a higher level of conformance:

The NSW Electoral Commission ‘aims to conform to W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and this website has been developed to achieve a minimum accessibility level of 'AA' within these guidelines.’

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