SYDNEY – March 13, 2016 – Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced govCMS marked its first full year of operation with more than double the number of government agencies and institutions participating than initially estimated. Entering its second year, govCMS today supports 58 government sites for 28 agencies, including the Department of Human Services, Australian Taxation Office, Department of Social Services, Department of Communications, the Australian Financial Security Authority, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and more.
govCMS is the cloud-based, Drupal-powered initiative offered to local, state, and national public institutions. Built on the Acquia Platform, govCMS enables the Government’s commitment to open source innovation, the use of shared, cloud-based services, and its commitment to unify and transform the digital connection between millions of Australian citizens and their government. The govCMS team has an ethos that the adoption of govCMS should reflect the quality of the service, and as a result, the service is not mandated. Those that do adopt govCMS benefit from a standardized procurement model and achieve compliance for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and other compliance requirements.
Government agencies have launched govCMS sites on a pace of more than one per week since the Department of Finance officially launched govCMS last March, doubling estimates for first-year adoption outlined in an earlier Department of Finance commissioned study. There are 16 additional sites currently in development on the govCMS platform.
Last month, govCMS also announced a ‘Government as an API’ service with Acquia Content Hub, to help government agencies to create Content Once, and Publish Everywhere (COPE).
govCMS was made available for download as a open source Drupal distribution in July 2015, and since then has been downloaded more than 8,000 times. An active developer community is collaborating on the project on Drupal.org and at GitHub, where community discussion and input on govCMS has more than doubled in the past four months. While Acquia manages the govCMS platform and delivers application level support, the value-add activities such as design work, site-builds and migration services are wholly performed by Australian owned small businesses.