The Burdekin Shire Council website aims to be as inclusive as possible, especially with users who may use assistive technologies.

Additionally, our websites have been:

  • tested with various diagnostic and evaluation tools, and we are constantly striving to improve the way content is accessed
  • developed to display adequately on all commonly used browsers
  • designed to be viewable at various screen sizes including 640×480, 1024×768, 1280×1024 pixels.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 compliance

Wherever possible, we follow the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines and Burdekin Shire Council is in the process of formulating policies for our website in order to improve accessibility.

Where practical, the WCAG 1.0 have been addressed, and endeavours, where possible, to meet the requirements of WCAG 2.0. Burdekin Shire Council has incorporated a process of subjective assessment regarding which of the current Guidelines are still appropriate or applicable.

PDF documents

Where possible, Burdekin Shire Council has provided information on the website as HyperText Markup Language (HTML) based content or other equally accessible formats. In some cases, however, we do have a range of resources and documents that are provided most efficiently as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

PDF is the open standard for electronic document distribution worldwide. Adobe PDF is a universal file format that preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colours, and graphics of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. Adobe PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed exactly as intended by anyone with the free Adobe Acrobat Software.

Adobe offers a number of resources to aid in accessing PDF documents including an online conversion of PDF documents to plain text or HTML documents, as well as providing free downloads of Adobe Reader.

Where documents are above a file size of 400kB, the file size will accompany the link to that file. All documents exceeding 1MB in size will be accompanied by a disclaimer. Large files above 1MB are recommended for download only by a broadband connection. All documents can be viewed in person by contacting council. Where practical, links to PDF documents will also be accompanied by a file type icon.

Maintaining documents in PDF format has been employed by Burdekin Shire Council due to the nature of the documents, and the requirement for preserving their integrity.

Scanned Acrobat documents

For technical reasons and to meet some legal requirements, our websites provide some PDF documents that cannot be provided in HTML or plain text, and subsequently are not accessible via screen reader software. These are usually scanned hard copy documents that have been submitted to Burdekin Shire Council and may also contain a large number of images and diagrams. In most instances, hard copies of these documents are available from Council and this information is provided on relevant pages.

For more information on PDF document accessibility, please go to Adobe’s website.

Disability and Languages

Council recommends using a third party screen reader or translation service for people with a disability or if English is a second language.

If you need an interpreter, contact the Australian Government Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) (https://www.tisnational.gov.au/) on 131 450 and ask to speak with Burdekin Shire Council on 07 4783 9800.

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