Accessibility statement - NIAO website

This accessibility statement applies to content published on the domain. The Northern Ireland Audit Office runs the website and we want to make sure it is accessible to a wide audience and to ensure a better experience for all users. For example, this means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

AbilityNet  has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We are committed to promoting digital inclusion, which will include meeting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines level 2.1 AA (WCAG 2.0)  success criteria.

However, we know some parts of this website are not fully accessible, as most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

PDFs and other documents

Many documents on our website are not accessible in a number of ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure. Please contact us if you require an accessible version of a document on our website.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

Should you experience any difficulty in accessing the NIAO website, or if you need information on this website in a different format, contact the webmaster at or phone the NIAO Enquiries point +44 (0)28 90 251000 for assistance and tell us:

  1. the web address (URL) of the content
  2. your name and email address
  3. the format you need

We will consider your request and respond to you within two working days to discuss the issue raised.

Enforcement procedure

In Northern Ireland, the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Northern Ireland Audit Office is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The ‘non-compliances’ are listed below.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the following non-accessible content findings listed below.

Non-accessible content

Based on findings from our Accessibility and Usability Audit, conducted in October 2020, the content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Examples of common issues found on multiple pages of the Northern Ireland Audit Office website include:

1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A)

Many PDFs have not been tagged to be accessible by screen readers. This includes alt text on images.

1.4.5 - Images of Text (Level AA)

Some pages contain images of text. Screen readers and the visually impaired would be unable to read the text on these images. Smartphone users with normal vision may also find it difficult to read.

3.1.5 - Reading Levels (Level AAA)

The reading level should be simplified to meet a lower reading age of 9 years of age.

3.3.2 - Labels or Instructions (Level A)

Sufficient labels, cues, and instructions for required interactive elements have not been provided.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. We do not plan to fix any PDFs or documents published before that date. In relation to any reasonable request, we can arrange for an accessible version to be made available.

Live video

We currently do not have any live video streams on our website. All NIAO video material is held on our Youtube channel, which includes a function to display subtitles/captions.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to identify and fix issues according to the timescales shown above.

Preparation of this accessibility statement.

This statement was prepared on 15 December 2020. It was last reviewed and updated on 15 January 2021. This website was last tested in May 2022 for conformance with WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines. The test was carried out by Enterprise Digital Development Branch within the Digital Shared Services Division of Enterprise Shared Services, an Agency of the Department of Finance