Risk is often described as a combination of the consequences of an event and the likelihood of occurrence. Accessibility is often downgraded as a risk because there is a perception that:
- Not many users are affected. In reality, 18% of Australians have a disability and 21% speak a language other than English at home.
- Users who are having difficulty can get support elsewhere. In reality, services are provided online so that organisations don't have to provide face-to-face or telephone support.
Whilst accessibility is a risk, the level of risk is clearly not the same for all IT projects. Software which is used by 7 people, in a lab, obviously carries less risk than a system which will be accessed by 40,000 students.
The following table contains some risk indicators which can be used to help clarify the degree of risk in relation to services.
|Indicator||Low Risk||High Risk|
|Number of students who will access service||None||All students|
|Number of staff who will access service||< 100 staff||> 1000 staff|
|Project budget||< $50,000||> $50,000|
|Frequency of access||Yearly||Daily|
|Degree of educational benefits||Low||High|
|Affects student ability to seek admission or enrol||No||Yes|
|Affects student ability to participate in courses or programs||No||Yes|
|Affects student use of facilities and services||No||Yes|
|Affects student participation in learning experiences||No||Yes|
|Affects student support services||No||Yes|
For assistance or to report accessibility problems please contact:
Web Accessibility Lead
Phone: +61 3 9035 4867