Of the sites examined, users would find that some offered a pleasant and productive experience. Using others would be onerous and frustrating. Some users would not be able in practice to access features on some sites. All sites, even the best, had aspects warranting better attention to users’ needs. The failure of some sites to provide important information about privacy, security and legal matters was of particular concern. For the sites evaluated there was little use of the web to foster two-way communication between the public and agencies on issues of concern or as part of the policy process. And it seems that consultation with users on site design is not always sufficiently undertaken. A website is more likely to be user-friendly if design is based on thorough consultation with users.