Emergency Management Victoria is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can access this site and its information.

This website is currently working on meeting Level AA success criteria of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We will be taking a staged approach to ensure accessibility compliance across all our websites. 

We are always interested in knowing about your experience of the accessibility of the Emergency Management Victoria site.

General Web Accessibility Information

There are many tools that people with a disability can use to assist to access the Internet. These tools are either hardware or software.


These tools manipulate the keyboard or mouse, because the person with a disability cannot use them. Examples are:


These tools change how a user interacts with the site. Examples are:

General Browser shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts provided below apply to Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox.

The following keyboard shortcut forms are used throughout the lists below: Ctrl=Control; Esc=Escape; Alt=Alternative; Del=Delete; UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT=Arrow keys.

Where available, the key combinations for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems have been provided.

Command Internet Explorer Firefox Opera
Add bookmark Ctrl / Cmd+D Ctrl / Cmd+D Ctrl / Cmd+T
Back Backspace
Alt / Option+<-
Backspace (Win / Linux)
Alt+<- (Win / Linux)
Cmd+<- (Mac)
Alt / Option+<-
Ctrl / Cmd+<-
Bookmarks Ctrl / Cmd+I Ctrl / Cmd+B
Ctrl+I (Win)
Ctrl / Cmd+Alt / Option+B
Ctrl / Cmd+1
Caret browsing   F7  
Close tab   Ctrl / Cmd+W
Ctrl / Cmd+F4
Ctrl / Cmd+W
Ctrl / Cmd+F4
Close window Ctrl / Cmd+W
Alt / Option+F4
Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+W
Alt / Option+F4
Ctrl / Cmd+W
Alt / Option+F4
Copy Ctrl / Cmd+C Ctrl / Cmd+C Ctrl / Cmd+C
Cut Ctrl / Cmd+X Ctrl / Cmd+X Ctrl / Cmd+X
Decrease text size   Ctrl / Cmd+- 9
Delete Del Del Del
Delete individual form auto-complete entry Del Shift+Del  
DOM inspector   Ctrl+Shift+I (Win / Linux)  
Downloads   Ctrl+J (Win)
Ctrl+Y (Linux)
Cmd+J (Mac)
Ctrl / Cmd+Alt/Option+T
Ctrl / Cmd+5
Find again   Ctrl / Cmd+G
Find as you type link   ' ,
Find as you type text   / /
Find previous   Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+G
Find in this page Ctrl / Cmd+F Ctrl / Cmd+F Ctrl / Cmd+F
Forward Shift+Backspace
Alt / Option+->
Alt / Option+-> (Win / Linux)
Cmd+-> (Mac)
Alt / Option+->
Ctrl / Cmd+->
Go down one line Down Down Down
Go up one line Up Up Up
Go down one page PageDown PageDown PageDown
Go up one page PageUp PageUp PageUp
Go to bottom of page End End End
Go to top of page Home Home Home
Full screen F11 F11 (Win / Linux) F11
Help F1 F1 (Win / Linux) F1
History Ctrl / Cmd+H Ctrl / Cmd+H Ctrl / Cmd+Alt / Option+H
Ctrl / Cmd+4
Home page Alt / Option+Home Alt / Option+Home Alt / Option+Home
Increase text size   Ctrl / Cmd++ 0
Move to next frame   F6  
More to previous frame   Shift+F6  
New tab Ctrl / Cmd+N Ctrl / Cmd+T Ctrl / Cmd+N
Next tab Ctrl / Cmd+O Ctrl+Tab (Win / Linux)
Cmd+Opt+Tab (Mac)
Ctrl / Cmd+PageDown
Ctrl / Cmd+Tab
Alt / Option+PageDown
Ctrl / Cmd+F6
New window Enter / Return Ctrl / Cmd+N Ctrl / Cmd+Alt / Option+N
Open file Shift+Enter / Return Ctrl / Cmd+O Ctrl / Cmd+O
Open link   Enter / Return Enter / Return
Open link in new tab Ctrl / Cmd+F3 Ctrl / Cmd+Enter / Return  
Open link in new window Ctrl / Cmd+V Shift+Enter / Return Shift+Enter / Return
Open address in new tab Ctrl / Cmd+P Alt / Option+Enter / Return Shift+Enter / Return
Page info Ctrl / Cmd+Y Ctrl+I (Linux)
Cmd+I (Mac)
Ctrl / Cmd+8
Page source F5
Ctrl / Cmd+R
Ctrl / Cmd+U Ctrl / Cmd+F3
Paste Ctrl / Cmd+F5 Ctrl / Cmd+V Ctrl / Cmd+V
Previous tab   Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+Tab
Ctrl / Cmd+PageUp
Feature Not Available Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+Tab
Al t/ Option+PageUp
Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+F6
Print   Ctrl / Cmd+P Ctrl / Cmd+P
Redo   Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+Z
Ctrl+Y (Win /Linux)
Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+Z
Reload Ctrl / Cmd+A F5
Ctrl / Cmd+R
Ctrl / Cmd+R
Reload (override cache) Alt / Option+D
Ctrl / Cmd+Tab
Ctrl / Cmd+F5
Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+R
Restore text size   Ctrl / Cmd+0 6
Save page as   Ctrl / Cmd+S Ctrl / Cmd+S
Save link target as   Alt/ Option+Enter / Return  
Select all   Ctrl / Cmd+A Ctrl / Cmd+A
Select location bar Esc Ctrl / Cmd+L
Alt+D (Win / Linux)
Select next auto-complete entry in text field Ctrl / Cmd+Z Down  
Select previous auto-complete entry in text field   Up  
Select next search engine in search bar   Ctrl / Cmd+Down  
Select previous search engine in search bar   Ctrl / Cmd+Up  
Select tab [1 to 9]   Ctrl+[1 to 9] (Win)
Alt+[1 to 9] (Linux)
Cmd+[1 to 9] (Mac)
Stop   Esc Esc
Undo   Ctrl / Cmd+Z Ctrl / Cmd+Z
Web search
(Please note: web search moves the cursor to the search bar and only works if the search bar is visible. If the search bar is hidden, this keyboard shortcut has no effect.)
  Ctrl / Cmd+K
Ctrl+J (Linux)

Shortcuts for Internet Explorer

Details of shortcuts for various versions of Internet Explorer can be obtained from the Microsoft website (External link).

Shortcuts for Opera

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The display of this website in iE6 is not the intended format for delivery. Although we have aimed to make this site as cross browser compliant as possible, some users on iE6 with low screen resolutions may not have access to some of the usability functions and optimal online features like RSS subscriptions and dynamic navigation components.

For Support in Internet explorer 6.0, see Microsoft iE6 Home (External link).

The homepage offers users these options and information specifically for ie6

  Web Browsing Basics (External link)
Explore some of the Internet Explorer 6 features—such as Search, Favorites, and History—that can help you get started browsing the Web.
  Customizing Your Browser (External link)
Learn how to customize your Web browsing layout and other features so you can browse the Web the way you want.
  Security and Privacy (External link)
Read easy-to-follow, practical articles that explain how Internet Explorer 6 can help make your online experience more private and secure.
  E-mail and Newsgroup Reader (External link)
Learn how to use Outlook Express to stay in touch with friends and family, and share information with other users like you in newsgroups.
  Developing (External link)
Developers: Get links to the documentation on the features, controls, and support that give Internet Explorer 6 a powerful programming model.

  Accessibility Tutorials (External link)
Customize Internet Explorer 6 to meet your needs—increase accessibility by adjusting font size, changing toolbar settings, and more.


The information above has been sourced from:

  • Multi Media Victoria
  • the websites of the various commercial browsers.