Accessibility Notes

We have made every effort to ensure that this website is accessible to as many people as possible. It has been developed to comply with Priority 1 (Level A) of the W3C (Word-Wide Web Consortium) web accessibility guidelines and the Disability Discrimination Act. It also complies with many of the requirements for Priority 2 (Level AA).

Navigation - this has been designed to be simple, intuitive, logical and consistent to help every user find their way around.

Alt-tags - these have been used for all graphic images. Meaningful descriptions are given for all images except those that are simply decorative.

New browser windows - as far as possible, users are informed where new windows will open. Some logos will link to sites in new browser windows.

Javascript - some areas of the site utilise Javascript to enhance your experience. If Javascript is not available, these enhancements are lost but site informaiton and actions are still accessible to you.

Mouse-free usability - in all sections other than the online activities sections, the site can be navigated using only the keyboard.

If you come across a part of the site that is difficult to use, please tell us about it by using the form in Contact us.

Downloads and plug ins
Changing the text size
Other options to make this site more accessible
User machine specifications

Downloads and plug ins

Occasionally, we may include resources on this site that require some kind of "player" or "plugin" or "viewer" to be instaled in your browser. If you are having trouble downloading or playing any content of the site, it may be because you are missing the version of the plugin needed. Links for obtaining typical plugins are provided below.

Always check with your network administrator before installing any plugin.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF Format)

Download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat.Information for blind and partially sighted users on making pdf documents accessible.

Windows Media Player

Download the latest version of Windows media player.

Macromedia Flash Shockwave/Flash

Download the latest version of Macromedia Flash


Changing the text size



At the very top of each page (and again at the beginning of this page's content) we have provided single-click links for changing font-size, contrast & color and font style. These links have been widely tested and are known to work on all common browsers. However, if you wish to have finer control over the text size for example, using most browsers' built-in options you can adjust the size of text throughout this site (and any other sites which are built to allow resizing). See below for information on how to do this in specific web browsers.


If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, most browsers allow you to alter the text size by holding down 'Ctrl' and moving the wheel.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Select 'View' from the menu bar at the top of the window,

Select 'Text size' and select a size

You can go back and select 'Medium' as the size to get back to the browser's default setting.

Mozilla, Firefox, Netscape Navigator

Select 'View' from the menu bar at the top of the window

Select 'Text Size' and select either 'Increase' or 'Decrease'.

You can go back and select 'Normal' to get back to the browser's default setting.


Select 'View' from the menu bar at the top of the window

Select 'Zoom' and select an option higher than 100%.

You can go back and select '100%' to get back to the browser's default setting.

Apple Safari

Select 'View' from the menu bar at the top of the screen

Select 'Make Text Bigger'

You can select 'Make Text Smaller' option to get back to the browser's default setting.

Other options to make this site more accessible

Your Internet browser also provides other ways for you to make this website easier to read. You can change, colour or font, background colour, or remove the images, leaving pages as text-only.

The Help facility on your Internet browser software will contain a great deal of useful information on these and other accessibility options. Additional information on the different options for the most common browsers can be found by following the links below.

Accessibility options for Netscape Navigator users

There is currently no official online accessibility page for users of Netscape Navigator and its derivatives (Mozilla, FireFox, etc.) so please follow these instructions.

*For any of the instructions below:

  1. Select 'Edit' from the Menu Bar
  2. Select 'Preferences'
  3. Select 'Appearance'
  4. Select 'Advanced' and uncheck the box that says 'Enable style sheets'
  5. Click 'OK'

Then choose one or more of the following options

*To change the font

  1. Select 'Font'
  2. Alter the variable and fixed width fonts to your preferred option
  3. Click 'OK'

* To change the text colour

  1. Select 'Colours'
  2. Select 'Text'
  3. Choose your preferred colour
  4. Click 'OK'

* To change the background colour

  1. Select 'Background'
  2. Choose your preferred colour
  3. Click 'OK'

* To remove the images, leaving pages as text-only

  1. Select the 'Advanced' option
  2. Un-tick the box next to 'Automatically load images'
  3. Click 'OK'

Click 'OK' again to close the Preferences panel

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