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This page is designed to assist you in navigating the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Website.

The Department Web site is predominantly text-based and optimized for viewing at 1024 x 768 resolution with at least 256 colours (every effort is made to ensure legibility at 1024 x 768 resolution).

A frames-compatible browser is required for some websites hosted by the Department and some areas use Java applets and JavaScript.

Home Page

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Top Navigation Bar Quick Search Navigation Area Our Websites News and Issues Shortcuts Top Requests Font size adjustor Share link utlilities featured For more information on the features of the Department's homepage, please select an area from the image above.

From the Department's homepage you can either use the structured links to browse through our site, or you can use the sitemap or search engine to assist in locating information. The information of the Department is arranged in broad subject areas, with lists of Related Links on the right-hand side of information pages, and a list of Top Requests for the subject on the right-hand side of the index pages for each subject area. Links to recent news and issues relating to the Department can be found on the home page.

Contact details for the Department are provided through the Government Online Directory, and also on our Contact Us page listed under Utilites at the foot of each page.

Navigation

The Navigation Area allows you to browse through the site by dividing it into collections of related information. It provides a home page for the selected collection with links to news items, programs, grants, services and so forth, as appropriate for that area.

As you hover over links, drop-down menus will appear with links directly to the sub-sections available in that collection.

Ministers' Website

The Ministers' websites provide background and contact details for our Ministers as well as media releases, speeches and audio files.

Quick Search

Each page of the Department site has a quick search tool enabling you to search on keywords from anywhere on the site. This will take you to the Search screen (with the search criteria specified for a Keyword search on the entered words), and the results for that search will be displayed. You can now use the search page as you wish - refining or widening the search or selecting an item of the Search Results. The Search Help page provides further information if required.

Content

News

This is a list of recent news and issues relating to the department. This may include the Annual Report, major news issues relevant to the Department, and other significant items of interest.

Featured Content

This list allows you to quickly navigate to topic areas singled out by the Department.

Related Links

This list is found on information pages, and allows you to quickly navigate to pages relating to the current page.

Share

This tool allows you to quickly share links to the Department's website via email or through various social networking or news aggregation sites.

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Our Websites

This list provides links to websites hosted by the Department.

Top Requests

This list allows you to quickly navigate to the most commonly accessed pages. As you move around the site, the list changes to provide links appropriate to the subject area you are currently in.

Shortcuts

This list allows you to quickly navigate to important areas of the website.

Utilities

Help

The Help page provides a selection of useful information for navigating around the web site, a brief overview of pages of interest, and any issues relating to file formats or tools you may need to access information on the site.

Feedback

The Feedback screen allows you to send appropriate feedback to the area responsible for maintaining and updating the website, and is to be used for website related issues only.

Contact Us

This provides contact details for the public to use when communicating with the Department.

Legal Statements

These links will take you to the privacy, copyright, and disclaimer legal statements relevant to the site.

Linking to the Department Websites

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development welcomes administrators and managers of web sites to place a link to the Department's webpages. Please see the guidelines for further information.

Sitemap

The sitemap provides a directory listing the contents of each subject area of the site.

Other Areas of Interest

Font size adjustment

These buttons appear on all pages, at the top right of the page, and allow you to adjust the font size, making the text of the page larger or smaller.

Readspeaker

listen to this page icon Readspeaker embeds text to speech capabilities in the Department's website. To use Readspeaker click the "listen to this page" icon at the top of the page. Not all pages are suitable for ReadSpeaker so the icon may not appear on all of them.

Readspeaker normally starts reading automatically. Occasionally you will need to click the play button to start the audio.

You can download an mp3 version of the page using the "mp3" link.

Print

The Print link creates a print-friendly version of the current page. The Print link appears at the bottom-right of each page.

Department

From the Department page on our Web site you can find all you need to know about us - the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. You will find information relating to the structure of the Department, including the function, role and contact information for specific program areas in the Department. We have online copies of our Annual Reports, Enterprise Agreement, Corporate Plan and Service Charter. You can also check out the latest job vacancies and read about our Graduate Program.

Media Centre

The Department's Media Centre provides a range of information including media releases and speeches.

Software

Adobe Acrobat

Get Adobe Reader A standard for viewing formatted documents which have been optimised for delivery via electronic means. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to view, navigate and print PDF files across many different platforms. PDF files look exactly like the original document.

To use Acrobat Reader with your web browser you need to first download the Acrobat Reader from Adobe's Website and install it on your computer.

Adobe Flash Player

Get Adobe Flash Player A standard for viewing an FLV file and SWF. To play an FLV file or SWF, you need to have Flash Player installed on the computer. If you do not have the necessary software installed, you can download Flash Player free of charge from the Adobe website.

Microsoft Word

Get Word Viewer A standard for viewing DOC, RTF and TXT files. To view a Microsoft Word file, you need to have Microsoft Word or Word Viewer installed on the computer. If you do not have the necessary software installed, you can download Microsoft Word Viewer free of charge from the Microsoft website.

Microsoft Excel

Get Excel ViewerA standard for viewing XLS Files. To view a Microsoft Excel file, you need to have Microsoft Excel or Excel Viewer installed on the computer. If you do not have the necessary software installed, you can download Microsoft Excel Viewer free of charge from the Microsoft website.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Get PowerPoint ViewerA standard for playing PowerPoint presentations (PPT) which have been optimised for delivery via electronic means.

To play a presentation, you need to have a PowerPoint viewer installed on the computer. If you do not have the necessary software installed, you can download Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer free of charge from the Microsoft website.

Windows Media Player

Get Media PlayerA standard for playing multimedia files of various formats (MP3, WAV, MPEG, WMV etc.) which have been optimised for delivery via electronic means.

To play an audio or video file, you need to have a media player installed on the computer. If you do not have the necessary software installed, you can download Microsoft Windows Media Player free of charge from the Microsoft website.

VLC Media Player

Get VLCTo play an MP4, MPG file or AVI, you need to have a media player installed on the computer. If you do not have the necessary software installed, you can download VLC media player free of charge from the VideoLAN website.

Please note that some AVI videos require the Divx codec.

Winzip

Get WinzipA standard for online data delivery, Winzip allows large files (or file sets) to be "compressed" to expedite delivery via electronic means. The ZIP file is downloaded (more quickly) by a user, then it is "de-compressed" to re-create the original file.

To get the Winzip Program you need to go to Winzip's Website.

Disclaimer

The compatible applications listed above are examples only. The Department does not endorse any particular software developer or specific application.