Best Openness Initiative
WINNER: Australian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII)
The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) is a highly utilised, free online resource for Australasian legal information. Developed as a joint facility of the Faculties of Law at the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology in Sydney, AustLII provides free access to millions of separately retrievable documents, supporting over 1,000 simultaneous user searches.
Best Accessibility Initiative
WINNER: The Deaf Society of New South Wales (DSNSW)
The Deaf Society of New South Wales (DSNSW) is a non‐profit organisation delivering services to Deaf people who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as their first or preferred language and hard-of-hearing people.
Through their website: www.deafsocietynsw.org.au, DSNSW provides information that is visually accessible utilising Auslan and English content, visual representation and an intuitive user‐friendly layout. The website is edited by a literacy specialist to ensure content is clear and simple benefiting both Deaf users and those from non‐English speaking backgrounds.
Best Diversity Initiative
WINNER: The State Library of Victoria 'Vicnet' Project
Vicnet is a division of the State Library of Victoria that delivers programs, services and research to facilitate access to the Internet and information technology for all people.
Vicnet has identified the needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) to be of particular concern, with seniors and new and emerging communities recognised as those most vulnerable to digital exclusion.
As a result of this organisation’s projects, 62 community language groups have direct online access to over six million information links in their own language.
Best Security Initiative
WINNER: Hectors World Limited
Hector’s World Limited (HWL) is an educational initiative offering a positive start to life online for children aged two to nine. The Hector’s World website addresses the most common risks for this age group including: giving out too much personal information, accessing inappropriate material, becoming targets of hyper-commercialism, spam, or cyber bullying and spending excessive time online.
Hector’s World Limited has been acknowledged as best practice by government bodies around the world including the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.