The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (DPMC’s) role is to provide fresh thinking and creative advice to government on the many and varied issues facing Australia, taking into consideration the views and opinions of a range of stakeholders across the private, public, not-for-profit and community sectors.
With the change to the Turnbull Government, OPC was contracted by DPMC to develop a new and fresh corporate website.
Why was OPC chosen?
OPC has been providing ongoing Drupal web services to DPMC for over 8 years. We developed the Department’s Intranet in 2009 and have assisted with website redevelopments with each change of government.
Project goals, requirements and outcomes
For the PM.gov.au project, our developer was tasked with creating a new Drupal 7 based website for the Department and assisted internal Departmental resources to migrate content across into the new content management system.
This involved a social media feed that brought in the Prime Ministers Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds and kept them up to date with regular polling.
The other major improvement included an update to the Cabinet members listing pages, by including a photo of each MP, as well as links to their individual social media feeds.
Part of this development involved the archive of the existing PM's website, which included the mass export of the media releases by the previous Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, and then importing them into the PM Transcripts website.
Of the many benefits gained during the redevelopment, a primary objective was to implement of a fully responsive theme, catering for Phone, Tablet and Desktop viewing, which was completed and thoroughly tested by our developer.
The redevelopment of the site was paired with the internal Web Management team introducing decentralised content updating by giving each corporate area in the Department the skills and permissions to edit and publish their own content.
This factored heavily in the building of the site, as the content editing and ongoing maintenance of the website would need to be managed by staff of other areas within the Department, including teams with little or no Content Management experience.
As such, a number of special content types were built specifically to help manage certain areas, as well as a full workflow system with Editors, Reviewers and Authorisers.
Support and maintenance
OPC provided a 30 day warranty period, post launch, covering issues relating to Drupal CMS modules and/or custom functional issues. Ongoing maintenance and training of the site continues to be provided by OPC via contracted webmaster services.