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What is GovCMS?

GovCMS is a whole-of-government web content management system (CMS) for Australian Government agencies. In July 2018, the Australian Department of Finance appointed Salsa Digital to provide the program, application, and support services for the next iteration of GovCMS, which is built in Drupal. The second-generation GovCMS is now live on the new, completely open sourced platform provided by 

About GovCMS

GovCMS is Australia's whole-of government website management platform built on the open source content management system (CMS) Drupal. It was designed to make it easier for agencies to create modern, affordable, responsive websites. The Department of Finance is the GovCMS champion, maintaining the GovCMS platform. On 18 July 2018 Salsa Digital won the contract to build the new GovCMS platform in partnership with

GovCMS solves many challenges and 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 digital service standards in mind. It delivers all the benefits of open source and a whole-of-government digital platform. 

Why GovCMS?

In the beginning, government agencies were hampered by limited resources and skills, making it difficult for them to establish a strong web presence, and fulfil their compliance obligations such as security accreditation, accessibility requirements, privacy and web standards.

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 and benefits

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

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

Enterprise-grade maintenance and support > 24x7x365 extensive monitoring and management (including regular database and file backups and audit logs) with unlimited support.

Security > world-class security and compliance, distributed denial of service protection, ongoing security patching and updates.

Scalability and performance > AWS autoscale capability to dynamically increase or reduce capacity to meet demand.

Compliance > designed for Australian government agencies, standardises accessibility design, security and information, content and record management.


4 key services Salsa offers

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 and development

We design beautiful, user-friendly websites on the GovCMS platform, lovingly built by our in-house Acquia Drupal certified gurus (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 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?

Salsa Digital has delivered over 30 GovCMS projects in the past two years (see our case studies for some examples). Our developers have experience and accreditation in Drupal/GovCMS and we know the product extremely well. On 18 July 2018 Salsa Digital won the contract to build the new GovCMS platform in partnership with

We’re an open source digital agency focused on helping governments and enterprises become more open, more connected and more consolidated. We’re committed to the open government movement and to the many benefits this ethos provides including transparency, innovation, and sharing and improving problems and patterns solved by the pioneers before us. The open source movement has played a key role in the evolution of Salsa. Over the years, as technology and practices have developed, this commitment to open source has grown to encompass a much broader base beyond open source CMSsopen data, open platform and open design. We contribute and deliver services in all these areas, with a strong involvement in specific open source initiatives such as Drupal, Wordpress, GovCMS, Single Digital Presence, Kubernetes/Lagoon and CKAN.

Case Studies

Helping government build a more sustainable environment

Salsa built the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) a new, modern Drupal 7 (GovCMS) website that more accurately represented its brand, while also providing new functionality to help users find NABERS' ratings and information quickly and easily. This delivered a much better user experience.


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

Salsa Digital and to build next generation GovCMS platform

Media release: Salsa Digital and will build the next generation GovCMS platform as part of a three-year contract. The new Salsa Digital/ solution will bring GovCMS onto an open source platform making the entire technology stack open source for the first time. It will also feature cutting-edge web development tools.


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.


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