IT:AD:New Zealand Web Accessibility Standard

Applicability: “Based on a 2003 mandate established by Cabinet (Cabinet Minute (03)41/2B), all Public Service departments and Non-Public Service departments in the State Services (external site link) are directed to implement the Standard.”
Applicability:
  • all publicly available web pages. This includes pages behind logins.
  • since 01 July 2014, internally facing web pages accessed by Ministry staff as well.
  • By July 2016:
    • all publicly accessible web pages
    • all internal web pages created, redesigned, or redeveloped since 01 July 2014
  • By 01 July 2017:
    • all web pages must conform to the Standard.
Exemptions:
  • There is no process by which a mandated organisation can secure an exemption from the requirement to meet the Standard.
    • Instead, each organisation is responsible for meeting the Standard, and accordingly accepts any risks associated with not doing so.
    • In the case that an organisation does not fully meet the Standard, it will be required to manage any risk associated with that lack of conformance by performing a risk assessment and submitting a plan to address, over time, those areas of non-conformance.