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Governments of all tiers in Australia now have access to Acquia’s govCMS digital platform, following early adoption by ASDA, Dept of Comms and others. 

Acquia says it is ‘the digital experience company’, built on the Drupal CMS, has announced the release of govCMS to all tiers of government.

It is ‘a whole of government Web Content Management System for Australian government sites’, with Acquia saying ‘govCMS reflects the Government’s commitment to open source innovation and the use of shared, cloud-based services.’

The company says that govCMS, built on the Acquia Platform, ‘was designed to help government agencies save costs as they reimagine how they deliver information and services. A service offered to Commonwealth Government entities, govCMS offers a more efficient platform for digital government initiatives and challenges the status quo for digital experience delivery.’

As reported in iTWire by colleague Sam Varghese last September, Acquia won the contract to build up to 450 government websites.

Then in November last year, I reported on Acquia and the Australian Federal Government launching Australia.gov.au, and recorded a video interview with Acquia’s APJ Regional Director, Chris Harrop, and its global VP of corporate marketing, David Churbuck. 

Since then, other early adopters have included the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the Department of Communications, and the Department of Social Services.

However, as of today, the platform is available to federal, state and local government.

The aforementioned Chris Harrop stated: “Today’s release opens a new era of open government focused on meeting the needs of Australians.

“Acquia has enabled the Government to go to market faster with digital experiences that are highly interactive, crucial to supporting economic development and connects Australians with the services and data they need.”

Here's the govCMS video:

So, why are companies and governments building on the Acquia Platform?

The company says it’s because it ‘provides an open cloud platform that slashes the expense of managing complex web experiences, evolves at the speed of the Internet, and unites content, community and commerce, as governments become some of the most high volume transaction processors in the world.’

The company claims that ‘agencies using govCMS will benefit from a standardised procurement model and are provided with a standard distribution, which is compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).’

It adds that ‘govCMS brings together themes that are commonly used by government agencies, official blogs, and policy microsites’, and that ‘the release comes 10 months after the completion of a feasibility study that identified the need to expand the availability of web cloud services across government agencies.’

You can find out more information at the govCMS site here

Other companies using Acquia locally include Flight Centre, Foxtel, TransLink and Earth Hour, among more than 4000 others.

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