Accessibility

We want to make sure everyone can get information about our payments and services.

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Text to speech

You can convert text on this site into speech and:

  • listen to it when you’re on the page, or
  • download it and listen to it later

Select Listen on the media player near the top of the page. The tool will read the page to you out loud. The text will highlight as it’s read. You can switch this off or change the settings using the settings icon.

You can also download an MP3 file of the page. Select the download mp3 icon on the media player. You can use it to share information with someone who doesn’t have access to the internet. Remember, if the content of the page changes, you'll need to download the MP3 file again.

Check your sound settings if you can’t hear the audio.

Accessibility compliance

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 we must provide accessible and non-discriminatory information and services.

We’ve designed this website to meet the Australian Government standard. We aim to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA. Meeting these guidelines improves accessibility and your experience.

We’re always improving our website. We continue to explore different ways to make it easy for you to get information. If there’s information you need that you can’t get, please contact us.

Using this website

You can use your browser’s help to:

  • change the size, font and colour of the text on our website
  • navigate our website using your keyboard on a desktop computer

You can print pages on our site using your browser’s print function. Many of our payment pages also have a customise and print feature. This allows you to view selected details as a single page and then print it. The printed copy includes a QR code so you can return to the original web page.

PDF and other document formats

We use PDF files on our website for:

  • printed forms - including fillable forms
  • long corporate documents
  • translated information

Any PDF viewing software should open PDF files on our website. We provide an alternative format for most documents.

You may need special software for some fillable forms.

Video and audio

We use audio and video clips to talk about our payments and services. If you can't view the video or listen to the audio, you can download the accessible transcript instead. All video, audio and other multimedia on the website have one. You can download it near the player.

In person

Service centres

Our service centres and their amenities meet the Australian standard for physical access. This means people with disability can access them.

Seating is available. Let a staff member know if you need to sit down straight away. The staff member will make sure you’re comfortable and deal with your enquiry.

Ask a staff member if you need to use a toilet. If we don’t have a toilet on site, we'll let you know where the nearest public toilet is.

If you have an urgent medical or personal need, tell a staff member straight away.

Help with forms

Staff in our service centres can help you complete our forms.

Assistive listening devices

We have assistive listening devices in some of our service centres. They have:

  • an amplifier
  • a gooseneck microphone
  • an audio loop
  • a fixed easy listener input connector for earbud style headphones, and
  • a phone handset for listening

Contact your local service centre to find out what's available.

Nominees

You can nominate another person or organisation to deal with us for you.

Read more about someone to deal with us on your behalf.

By phone

We offer some phone services to make it easier for you to contact us.

Disability, Sickness and Carers line - 132 717

People with disability, illness or injury, and their carers can use this phone line. It's for enquiries about Centrelink payments and services. It's available 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Hearing and speech assistance - TTY Freecall™ 1800 810 586

People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can contact us through this free TTY service.

National Relay Service

This service helps people in Australia who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment contact us using:

  • TTY
  • Speak and Listen
  • Internet relay
  • Video Relay and
  • Captioned Relay

Read more on the National Relay Service website.

Language services

We have information in your language on our website.

You can also speak with us in your language. For:

Publications

Some information is available in audio CD, DVD, large print, braille, and e-text.

You can ask for these by calling the Disability, Sickness and Carers line on 132 717.

You can download or print translated information. We also have interpreters and translators to help you.

Consultation

We have consultative networks that look at service delivery issues. They make sure everyone has access to payments and services. We consult with people who get a payment from us and peak bodies about:

  • policies
  • implementation strategies
  • promotional material
  • system changes and
  • physical access

Read more about consultation.

Complaints and feedback

We value your opinion and want to hear what you think about the quality of our service. We'll use your feedback to improve our products and services.

Read more about complaints and feedback. If you need immediate help with your feedback call us.

Page last updated: 31 July 2018