Standards compliance

PrivateHealth.gov.au has been designed with standards in mind - from both technical and legal perspectives.

Accessibility standards

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0

This site has been designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) where possible.

Some pages on the site meet all Priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints, with some meeting all Priority 1 and 2 checkpoints only. We intend to further improve accessibility over time.

Legislative requirements

Disability Discrimination Act

PrivateHealth.gov.au uses Web standards and is designed to maximise accessibility in line with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Privacy Act

The Privacy Act sets out clear guidelines on how Web sites must protect the privacy of users. Our privacy policy has more details.

Spam Act

PrivateHealth.gov.au is exempt from the requirements of the Spam Act, as it is a government Web site.

We still meet the core requirements by:

  • Obtaining your consent to send you email messages
  • Clearly identifying messages from PrivateHealth.gov.au

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has more information on the Spam Act.

Web standards

HTML 5

HTML 5 is the latest standard for structuring and presenting information on the world wide web, superseding the HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0 standards and is supported by all modern web browsers.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Level 3

Cascading Style Sheets are used on the PrivateHealth.gov.au Web site to apply styles to XHTML documents. Style sheets are designed to provide a consistent look throughout the entire site, and separate the presentation of content from its structure. Additionally, they help minimise the download time for pages on the site.

Recommended browsers

We recommend you use a browser that supports the latest Web standards.

PrivateHealth.gov.au has been tested with modern versions of the following:

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers that support Web standards, nor a test of browser compliance, nor a side-by-side comparison of various manufacturers’ browsers.

Older browsers may still be used but are not recommended and may not be supported by all areas of the site.