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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1511 ..

structure of government in order to find the information or service they require.

ACT Government Agencies, when establishing and maintaining their websites, are required to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The purpose of these Guidelines is to maximise the accessibility of information and services to all users, irrespective of physical, environmental or technical circumstances.

ACT Government Agencies are also required to comply with the Australian Government Locator Service metadata standard to improve overall visibility and accessibility of information and services on agency websites.

4.4 Legal Issues

There are various legal requirements that apply to the electronic delivery of information and services. ACT Government websites must comply with the relevant legal provisions of their enabling legislation and with the relevant provisions of the appropriate Acts.

It is a requirement of this policy that access be provided on all ACT Government web pages to suitable copyright, disclaimer, and privacy statements.

ACT Government websites are Territory records, and as such, should be managed in accordance with provisions outlined in the Territory Records Bill 2001.

4.5 Security Issues

All websites should be implemented and maintained in a manner consistent with ACT Government IT Security Policy.

Canberra Institute of Technology-Digital Divide program

(Question No 582)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice:

(1) Does CIT have a role in providing services to address issues relating to the Digital Divide;

(2) Has the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services ever conducted a survey of client IT use and corresponding needs, if so what was the outcome of costs in terms of support to the community sector, if not would the Department consider undertaking such a survey.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mrs Burkes' question is:

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