Established in 2006 by a group of industry experts, the Web Standards Association (WSA) acts as a united voice for professional Web Developers and eMarketers.  The WSA was born from the need to identify benchmarks for professionalism and quality of workmanship for the web industry.  

The Web Standards Association aims to identify and promote the minimum standards that all websites should meet and is committed to the development and promotion of professional websites and other eMediums.  Member companies of the WSA surpass these standards identified by the Association and provide clients with quality products and services that maximise the power of the Internet and its associated peripherals. 

The WSA also aims to educate users of the Internet, particularly business owners, on how to get the most out of this powerful medium.  By providing this information, Web Standards aims to discourage patronage of those who play on the so called “mysteries” of the Internet and prevent users from falling prey to companies that produce sub-standard products and services.

In addition, the Website Standards provides members with an understanding of the more complex issues of professional Internet Design such as optimisation, SPAM compliance, legal protection and eMarketing. It also assists with general business practices and promotion.


The Website Standards Association aims to promote the interests of Web Developers and their Clients by:

  • Promoting high professional standards and ethics in Web Development and eMarketing.
  • Promoting co-operation and understanding between Web Developers and their clients.
  • Establishing guidelines that identify minimum standards of workmanship.
  • Establishing guidelines that develop a consistent programming structure that is up-to-date with the available technology.
  • Encouraging development and discussion of all aspects of the business and the art of web design.
  • Influencing technological development, education, and training procedures.

Important facts

WSA is still in its infancy and is still developing its set of standards. You can download drafts of these standards on the home page. These standards are open for public comment.

Website Standards Association is not currently an incorporated association under Australian law, and this website is maintained by Bluehype Services until the Association is setup correctly.  For this to happen, the assocation is looking for experts in the areas of:

  • SEO
  • Website Usability
  • Coding Standards
  • Business Ethics

If you would like to be part of WSA and are highly skilled in one of the above areas, contact us.

If you’d like more information on the Website Standards Association’s approved minimum standards for a website, please click here.To find an approved developer close to you, please click here.To become a Web Standards member, apply for membership.