In 2017 the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced a significant overhaul to the Parliamentary Work Expenses Framework to facilitate greater transparency and accountability. As part of this, the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) was established, with the responsibility of providing assurance that work expenses are spent in compliance with the Framework.
The IPEA team, who work within the Department of Finance, selected OPC to redesign and redevelop the IPEA website on the govCMS Platform as a Service (PaaS) platform.
The IPEA website contains content relating to auditing and reporting on parliamentarians' work expenses. It provides advice to parliamentarians and their staff on travel and work related expenses to support them in undertaking their duties, requiring that taxpayer funds be spent appropriately and in compliance with the relevant principles and regulations.
Why was OPC chosen?
OPC has been providing ongoing Drupal web services to the Department of Finance for nearly a decade.
Project goals, requirements and outcomes
The primary objectives of the new IPEA website were to redesign the site design, build the new website to accommodate additional content, facilitate the inclusion of dataset feeds importer and migrate the website to the govCMS platform.
The Development phase involved the setup of the development environment, installation and configuration of the govCMS Drupal distribution and common elements, theme development and responsive theme enhancements and all functional development.
Support and maintenance
OPC provided a 45 day warranty period, post launch, covering warrantable issues with the Drupal and custom-built functional components.