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The Australian Government looks to Standardise Drupal

The Australian Government looks to Standardise Drupal

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The federal government is looking at the introduction of a government-wide content-management system. The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has shown interest in using the open source Drupal Web platform along with delivering the CMS as a cloud service.


The idea of standardising Drupal within the Australian Government is intended to support more effective web channel delivery function both within Government and agencies. Efforts will be redirected from non-core transactional activities to higher value activities that are aligned with an agency’s mission


An analysis conducted by AGIMO found between 185 and 450 websites could be transitioned to GovCMS over a period of four years. The use of the open source solution means that Drupal modules could be shared between public sectors, agencies and communities more easily.


The transition to GovCMS will begin with australia.gov.au and finance.gov.au. The document is set to go live ine September this year. 2012 saw local developers unveil ‘aGov’ which is a distribution of Drupal 7 specifically designed for use by Australian Government bodies. The standardisation intends to make it quicker for agencies to build and deploy sites while complying with AGIMO’s mandatory web requirements.

Growing Market

Governments are one of the strongest markets of Drupal along with higher education with more than 100 federal, state and territory government sites now running on the open source platform according to Drupal.org

Major companies, brands and governments internationally are also among the high-profile users of Drupal based sites.

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