The office of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can access this site and its information. The site has been tested against the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Version 1.0, Level AA, as required by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian eGovernment Web Accessibility Standard.

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Accessibility tools

Many tools exist to help people with a disability access the internet. These tools are defined as either ‘hardware’ or ‘software’.


Various hardware tools can help people with disabilities to use a computer keyboard or mouse.

These tools manipulate the keyboard or mouse, because the person with a disability cannot use them. Examples are:

  • A small Braille display that a blind person can use to read the screen line by line.
  • Pointers that manipulate the mouse onscreen for people with motor disabilities.
  • Alternative keyboards – Keyboards that have limited keys for people with motor disabilities. These include keyboards manipulated by fingers and keyboards manipulated using a head-wand.


Software tools can also help users interact with computers in ways that best suit them.

Examples are:

  • Screen readers – Programs such as and that convert a web site into a Braille display or read it in audio for people who are blind, visually impaired or have dyslexia.
  • Screen Magnifiers – Programs that magnify sections of the screen for people with vision impairments. See Windows Screen Magnifier.
  • Oversized cursors – Large cursors for people with vision impairments. See “Biggy” cursors.
  • Onscreen keyboards – Keyboards for people with motor disabilities used in combination with switching devices. See On-screen keyboard.
  • Programs that slow down applications for people with motor disabilities, for example CPU Killer (for Windows).

Browsers and operating systems

Your experience of this website may vary according to the capabilities of your browser, operating system or device.

Given the wide range of systems and devices available, we do not actively test with browsers where the usage falls below two per cent of visitors. As a result, your experience of our  website may be variable on older browsers.

As a result, your experience of our  website may be variable on older browsers. For the best experience make sure you update your browser to the latest version.