Colour accessibility policy

All maps and visual data created by the department are legible for people with colour blindness.

This policy applies to all published or externally commissioned material in all file types including documents, presentations and online information.

Communicating data with colour guide cover


A guideline document, Communicating Data with Colour, highlights the issues confronting people who are colour blind when accessing information, and outlines practical methods and tools for achieving colour accessibility in publications and online.

Who is the Guide for?

The guide is for graphic designers, researchers, cartographers, publishers, and authors who produce maps or visual data in either printed or digital form for the department.

Anyone preparing a document or information for the department for either print or online distribution should adhere to this policy.

Standard vision

Standard vision

Experience of a person who is colour blind

Experience of a person who is colour blind


Section 1: Introduction

An introduction to the guide and the department's policy. Types of colour blindness are explained along with general principles of designing for colour accessibility.

Section 2: Visual data

How commonly used graphs appear to people with colour blindness and practical ways to improve their colour accessibility.

Section 3: Maps

Simple, easy to apply suggestions for improving map clarity while achieving colour accessibility.

Section 4: Resources

A list of tools, tips and resources available to assist staff to develop colour accessible visual data.

Page last updated: 08/07/21