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GovCMS theme development and enhancement services

Theme your GovCMS Drupal site to represent your agency’s brand and visual look and feel. Salsa will apply your branding and tailored designs to your GovCMS Drupal application.

What is GovCMS?

GovCMS is a whole-of-government open source web content management system designed by government for government and hosted on a secure public cloud. Find out more about GovCMS

Why you might need GovCMS theme development and enhancement services

There may be many reasons why you might need GovCMS theme development and enhancement services, such as:

  • Branding update: You might want/need to rebrand your site, or update the visual look and feel of your site for parts or all of your site.

  • New web presence: Your department has merged/split and you need a new website.

  • Online campaign: You’re launching an online campaign or specific brand voice and need a new distinct visual theme for your website.

  • Uniqueness: You’re a ‘unique and beautiful snowflake’ with very individual visual needs for your website, be bold and make your mark!

  • Compliance: You’re currently non-compliant with the DTA’s Design System and/or WCAG AA standards and need to update your site to meet compliance requirements.

Benefits of GovCMS theme development and enhancement services

Benefits of theme development and enhancements include:

  • A fresh new design that meets GovCMS standards and design best practice.

  • A fully responsive design to view on devices like tablets and smartphones.

  • Compliance with DTA Design System and WCAG accessibility standards.

Engagement process

Salsa follows the engagement process below:

  1. Review questionnaire or brief: Agency to complete a light questionnaire (or send Salsa a high level project brief) reflecting basic requirements and/or project key business drivers.

  2. Intake and alignment: Salsa conducts a free 30-45 minute intake phone call to align on scope, expectations and overall engagement requirements based on the questionnaire or brief.

  3. Project setup: Jira for project and ticket tracking, Confluence for project documentation, etc.

  4. Environment setup: Setup local developer environments.

  5. Familiarisation: Initial high level walkthrough of existing theme templates, configuration, etc.

For enhancement and/or fixed hour estimations, we offer a mature and transparent process:

  • Acceptance criteria: Engaging with the agency product owner to establish clear acceptance criteria.

  • Capture: Use of mature tools such as Jira and Confluence for requirements/criteria capture and general project documentation.

  • QA testing and remediation: Internal QA to validate requirements against stated user acceptance criteria and remediation of issues identified.

  • UAT support and remediation: Agency support during UAT and remediation of identified issues.


  1. Allowance for completely tailored (but compliant) visual design

  2. WCAG 2.0 compliant and GovCMS 'compatible' visual designs provided

  3. Up to three breakpoints per design to accommodate desktop, mobile and tablet

  4. Minimum of five content types required

  5. No complex 'business logic' backend configuration other than supporting the required content types and fields

Fixed price packages

You can choose from four packages in our theme development and enhancement services:








Up to 5

content types

Up to 10

content types

Up to 15

content types

One-off setup

$4,680 +GST

Cost per content type


$6,240 +GST

$5,460 +GST

$3,900 +GST


$195/h +GST

$31,200 +GST

$54,600 +GST

$58,500 +GST



$195/h +GST

$35,880 +GST

$59,280 +GST

$63,180 +GST

What you get

Salsa’s theme development and enhancement services deliver themes to control your site’s visual look and feel in GovCMS. This may be an entirely new visual look/brand/theme or it may be enhancements to your existing themes and content types.

In addition, you also get access to:

  • The digital agency that’s the official service provider of the entire GovCMS platform and program

  • A highly qualified and experienced digital agency that has delivered over 30 GovCMS projects since 2015

  • GovCMS product and project delivery specialists with expertise in theme development/enhancements and overall frontend development/enhancements

  • GovCMS technical solution architect to provide a high level of technical governance and oversight to your project

Case studies

New default design theme template for govCMS

Salsa Digital was engaged by the Australian Department of Finance to create a visually appealing govCMS design template that was flexible enough to meet the needs of many different agencies and, when customised, could give each govCMS site individual personality.


New govCMS site for ARPANSA

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) brought their old, outdated system across to the new govCMS platform.


New visual design and site for Stay Smart Online

Salsa Digital was engaged to update the Stay Smart Online website’s look and feel and rebuild the site as an independent govCMS site.


GovCMS Drupal 8 and UIkit Alpha

Salsa Digital and Acquia worked together to test Drupal 8 and version 2 of the UIkit for govCMS and the Department of Finance.


Related articles

Continuous design, continuous improvement

Salsa Digital worked with a Victorian Government department to create user-centric designs informed by our user research and testing. The final designs were a product of three-way collaboration and used a continuous design and improvement cycle, feeding in client input and user research. This delivers benefits to the Victorian Government, citizens, tax-payers and vendors like Salsa. 


Design systems — reuse, create your own or something in between?

There are a few design systems now available for government agencies to use. But how do you decide whether to use an existing design system, create your own, or combine both options by leveraging an existing one and adding your own elements to it?


Digital Transformation in Government Insight #65:
The Australian Government Design System

In April the DTA released the Australian Government Design System to help Australian government agencies deliver citizen-centric websites quickly and easily.


Other GovCMS services

Salsa’s other fixed price GovCMS services include:

Website assessments and advisory services

Make an informed decision on whether GovCMS is right for you.

Website rehosting and installation

Migrate your Drupal site onto a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA.

Content migration and consolidation

Migrate your proprietary and/or legacy site onto Drupal GovCMS backed by a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform with a 99.95% uptime SLA.

Site audits and technical reviews

Site audits and technical reviews help you identify any problems in your site, including security and performance issues.

Theme review

Make sure your site is accessible by all users and optimised to be viewed on different devices and internet browsers.

Code review

Does your website’s module code follow best practice to maximise your site’s performance and stability?

Ongoing GovCMS application support

Whether you’re on GovCMS SaaS or PaaS, ongoing GovCMS application support ensures the application layer for your website continues to remain secure and up-to-date (PaaS only), while also allowing you to build new enhancements and ad-hoc features.

User testing

Salsa provides user testing packages across visitor experience, content author experience, and user acceptance testing (UAT).

GovCMS out-of-the-box

Build and host a new site quickly on a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA, leveraging GovCMS’s ‘out-of-the-box’ features.

Back to all fixed price GovCMS services

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Use the form below or call us on 1300 727 952 for an obligation-free chat about your agency’s GovCMS needs.

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