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Web policy at UniSA


Corporate web identity

The corporate web refers to any pages within three clicks of the UniSA home page. These pages will all have common features - the corporate banner containing the heading 'University of South Australia' and the logo, the main links or 'pillars' directly underneath this banner, left hand navigation, and images to the right of the page. All of these features (and more) are in the template structure.

If you use the new corporate look templates to create your website, the banner will drop the University of South Australia heading, and replace it with the heading for your unit, eg Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, School of Psychology. The University logo will be retained so that the user knows the context of the site. You can choose your own graphic for the banner to create an individual look while retaining the corporate image.


Advertising and sponsorship

Where collaborative ventures or sponsorships require more than one logo to be represented on the web, the UniSA logo must be equal in size and prominence to the presentation of the external organisation's logo. External products (eg banner advertisements) should not be advertised on a University website.


Purpose of the UniSA website

The University website has three main purposes: administration, promotion and teaching. It is worth identifying the purpose of your site and who its main users will be prior to designing or redesigning the site. You may find that your site has more than one purpose

The five pillars (site wide links) About UniSA, Study at UniSA, Research, Business & Community and Resources for staff cover these main purposes. Your site may be linked to in more than one place if it covers several of these categories.




Web Management Guidelines

Content management is the process of managing web content: its currency, authority, quality, corporate identity, editorial standard, reliability, copyright and legal issues, access restrictions, interaction and usability.

The Web Management Guidelines, compiled by MDU and Information Strategy and Technology Services (ISTS), aims 'to provide a common understanding of and commitment to the processes by which major changes are made to the University corporate web presence, both on corporate and non-corporate servers. It clarifies the shared responsibilities of various areas in the maintenance of the University's web resource.'

The guidelines refer to the maintenance of information within the first few clicks of the web from the University home page down to the level of division, school or major subsite. The headings within the guidelines are

'Author responsibilities' provides a brief outline of the support available in the preparation of administration and information web content via MDU and ISTS. Some of these details will be covered in this guide. A Web Authors Group coordinated by MDU will meet regularly to discuss and resolve web issues.



Web authors need to be aware of legislation and/or policy relating to the web. This legislation falls into the two categories listed below.

Legislation already covered in the footer to the templates

Legislation you need to be aware of when you author your webpages





The University has committed itself to ensuring that its online materials and sites reach the first level of compliance with the guidelines for accessibility of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as soon as possible. The legal context for this in Australia is the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Consequently all templates are compliant with Priority 1 guidelines based on W3C Web Accessibility standards. This guide addresses accessibility issues wherever relevant.


For further information on accessibility guidelines

See Training and support for information about accessibility workshops.

Web accessibility provides information and links to checklists and resources to support web authors.