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Accessibility requirements are a technical standard which enables a website to be accessed, particularly by users with a disability. GovCMS meets the Australian Government’s web accessibility requirements. These include the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) at level AA.


Agile is a project methodology for software development.


Beta domain

A production environment with the prefix '.beta' used to publicly or privately test alternative website content and/or designs in parallel to the live website.


Code updates

Code updates are updates to the GovCMS distribution.

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is collection of servers, spread out geographically, to speed up the delivery of web content. Content is collected (cached) regularly to multiple servers and locations, so that users can access web pages, images, and video quickly through a server located near them.

Content freeze

A content freeze is a period during the migration process where we ask agencies not to change content on their site, to ensure content is not lost during migration.


Drupal open source software

Ability to reuse, change and share software.


Digital service standard


Digital Transformation Agency



A forklift is the process of transferring your website into the production environment, if it is developed off the GovCMS platform



GitHub is a public code repository where the GovCMS Distribution is kept


GitLab is a private code repository where you store your project for your website.

GovCMS distribution

The GovCMS distribution is a set of Drupal modules, managed and maintained by the Department of Finance. A list of the modules are available at or on our website.



HTML is the standard markup language for creating web pages. HTML stands for hypertext markup language.



The Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) is an Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) initiative to provide high-quality information and communications technology security assessment services to government.


Legacy domains

A legacy domain is an additional or old website domain that previously received traffic.



Metadata is data that describes and gives information about other data.


Migration is the process of moving your website from a sandbox environment to its production location. More information is available on the support page



Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud licensing and distribution model which includes maintenance and support costs for the infrastructure only. PaaS requires you to manage the application maintenance and support, however, allows you to add a wider set of modules to your website than available in the SaaS distribution. Information about what is included in a PaaS plan and pricing is available on the GovCMS pricing page


A patch is a small update to the GovCMS distribution.

Product owner

A product owner facilitates product decisions and ensures the product creates value for its customers, users and the organisation.

Production environment

The live online environment in which website content is made available to the public.


Redirect service

A URL redirect service sends a user from one URL to an alternative URL.


A route is the path a data packet travels on from one network to another network based on the destination IP address.



Software as a Service (SaaS) is a cloud licensing and distribution model which includes maintenance and support costs for both the application and infrastructure. SaaS uses a controlled distribution model to manage the available modules for your website. Information about what is included in a SaaS plan and pricing is available on the GovCMS pricing page


A sandbox is a secure online environment in which content, theme and code for a website can be developed and tested.

Search engine web crawlers

A search engine web crawler or spider is an internet bot that systematically browses the internet typically for the purpose of web indexing.

Site audit report

A site audit report includes findings after examining the codebase for a website. It often contains recommendations for best practice.


Website shield

A website shield blocks search engine web crawlers from indexing the website to appear in search results. This means the website is not visible to the public.

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