PrivateHealth.gov.au has been designed with standards in mind - from both technical and legal perspectives.
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.
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.
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.
XHTML 1.0 Strict
eXtensible HyperText Mark-up Language (XHTML 1.0) is a new standard in Web delivery, aimed at replacing the original HyperText Mark-up Language (HTML). XHTML is a hybrid of XML (eXtensible Mark-up Language) and HTML 4.0.
XHTML 1.0 Strict provides for clear separation of presentation and structure, making maintenance of Web pages easier and helping to minimise the download time for pages on the site. It also provides better browser compatibility and accessibility for all users.
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.
Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P)
We recommend you use a browser that supports Web standards.
PrivateHealth.gov.au has been tested with the following browsers which support numerous Web standards including CSS, XHTML, and the DOM (a universal means of controlling the behavior of Web pages):
- Apple Safari
- Google Chrome
- Opera v9 or higher (Windows, Linux)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer v7 or higher (Windows)
- Mozilla Firefox v3 or higher (all platforms).
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 can still be used to access the site, but are not recommended.