Energy Rating web site accessible redevelopment

AccessibilityOz recently completed a major review and redesign project with The Department of Industry to review the Energy Rating site. Energy Rating is a part of the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program – a joint initiative of the Australian, Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and the New Zealand Government.

Old Energy Rating site, with a large red banner and very few images

The old Energy Rating site

The new Energy Rating site with emphasis on the mobile app and use of imagery

The new Energy Rating site

The project consisted of four phases:

Phase 1

A detailed review of the content and the google analytics of the current site and development of personas and scenarios.

Phase 2

An accessibility compliance audit of the entire site against the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.0 (WCAG2) Level AA.

Phase 3

An interaction design of the current site, redesign of the site template and revised information architecture in alignment with accessible mobile responsive design, user interaction and experience principles.

Phase 4

Implementation of the new templates; migration and conversion of content from the old to the new site and introduction of additional accessibility features such as BrowseAloud.

The project was successfully completed to tight timescales in order to coincide with the launch of the new Energy Rating mobile app.

The site was reviewed, redesigned, rebuilt and relaunched within a two month period.  The key outcome of each phase was also used by AccessibilityOz to formulate a strategy for moving towards full accessibility compliance and approach for the ongoing management and compliance of the site with the creation of an accessibility compliance plan and Disability Action Plan.

Read more about the project.


“When it comes to web accessibility, Gian and the AccessibilityOz team really know their stuff!

In May 2014, the Department of Industry engaged AccessibilityOz to complete a comprehensive accessibility review and design update of the Energy Rating site against the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.0 (WCAG2) Level AA. Gian’s in-depth understanding of web accessibility requirements made this a relatively straightforward task, despite the site’s unwieldy content. She developed a strategy for ongoing management and compliance of the site, and provided training that would allow our staff to undertake this work ourselves. Thanks in large part to Gian’s professionalism and energy the project was delivered in a short timeframe and on budget.

We would be pleased to work with AccessibilityOz again, should the opportunity present.”

Niki Jackson – Project Manager, Department of Industry, Canberra