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What is govCMS?

govCMS is the Australian Government's new open source Drupal-based content management system on a managed cloud platform provided by ACQUIA.  Salsa Digital is proudly one of the key integration partners for this initiative.

About govCMS

govCMS is the new whole-of government website management platform built upon the open Drupal content management system running on Acquia Cloud to quickly build and manage Australian Government compliant websites.

The Department of Finance have championed this initiative and chosen Drupal founder Dries Buytaert's company Acquia to host, support & maintain the govCMS platform.

govCMS solves many challenges and thus brings several benefits and advantages to ULTIMATELY: allow government agencies to focus on delivering great online services and thus provide a better digital experience for all Australian Citizens.

GovCMS is built by the Australian government, for Australian government agencies, with the new digital service standards in mind.

Why GovCMS

The road to great online service delivery has been a bumpy one for Australian government agencies, but all that looks set to change.

In the beginning, limited resources and skills hampered them from establishing a strong web presence, and fulfilling their compliance obligations such as security accreditation and adhering to accessibility, privacy and web standards was tricky.

govCMS solves all these problems while at the same time saving time and money in a scalable manner. With a shared application code base and platform, implementation and hosting costs are greatly reduced. A centrally-managed system also means that time spent on requirement specifications, procurement and staff training is lowered.

All this is done while enjoying enterprise-grade maintenance and support, including 24/7 extensive monitoring and management that takes care of regular database and file backups, audit logs and so on.

Features, Highlights & Benefits

Save money > significant reduction in implementation & hosting costs with a shared application code base & platform.

Save time > on requirement specifications, procurement & staff training.

Enterprise Grade Maintenance & Support > 24x7x365 extensive monitoring and management (including regular database and file backups & audit logs) with unlimited support.

Security > World Class Security & compliance, distributed denial of service protection, ongoing security patching & updates.

Scalability & Performance > AWS Autoscale capability to dynamically increase or reduce capacity to meet demand.

Compliance > Designed for Australian Government standardizes accessibility design, security & information, content and record management.


4 key services Salsa offer

1. User Experience

We create powerful, memorable user experiences that harness the accessibility and web standards of govCMS to resonate with the target audience.

2. Drupal website design & development

We design beautiful, user-friendly websites on the govCMS platform, lovingly built by our in-house Acquia Drupal certified craftsmen (aka engineers) to fully exploit the potential of the Drupal platform.

3. Content Strategy and Migration

We handle every aspect of content auditing, classification and/or modelling throughout our planning and delivery. We strategise and create content, and make content migration a delightfully fuss-free affair.

4. Accessibility design

In line with our belief that web infrastructure should be made accessible to all, including those with disabilities and those who face temporary problems, we strengthen the accessibility of websites both at the point of initial development and upon redesign.

Why Salsa Digital?

We're proud to say that Salsa Digital has been officially appointed govCMS Preferred Delivery Partner by Acquia on behalf of the Department of Finance, having passed the government's rigorous screening process.

We've had some fantastic experiences working with numerous government agencies even prior to the launch of govCMS. We also have a strong track record in Drupal development, so govCMS is something we're especially excited to work on. Our enterprise-grade Drupal engineers know Drupal like the back of their hands. Having both Acquia Drupal and Amazon Web Services certification helps us create truly enterprise-grade digital experiences.

As an 11-year-old digital agency with 6 solid years of Drupal experience, we've had the privilege of growing our skills and strengths alongside the meteoric development of the web industry.

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.


Victorian Budget delivered on govCMS

Salsa Digital created a more interactive, citizen-centric website for the 2016/2017 Victorian State Budget. The site’s also Victoria’s first govCMS website.


govCMS News

Delivering training for govCMS

Salsa Digital is the official govCMS training provider for the Department of Finance (DoF), via our strong relationship with Acquia. So far we’ve trained over 100 public servants...and counting.


govCMS Mega Meetup

The October govCMS Mega Meetup saw over 300 people come together to talk about govCMS. Updates, awards and the future were official agenda items, but a lot of knowledge-sharing happened too.


2017/2018 Vic Budget

This year Salsa Digital was once again involved in delivering the Victorian Budget website, building on the interactive site we developed last year.


Theming Victoria's first govCMS site

A look into map optimisation for Victoria’s first govCMS site.


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