Term Description
Accessibility  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 Agile is a project methodology for software development. 
Beta domain A production envrionment with the prefix '.beta' used to publicly or privately test alternative website content and/or designs in parallell to the live website.
Code updates  Code updates are updates to the GovCMS distribution.
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
DSS Digital service standard
DTA Digital Transformation Agency
Forklift  A forklift is the process of tranferring your website into the production environment, if it is developed off the GovCMS platform.
GitHub  GitHub is a  public code repository where the GovCMS Distribution is kept.
GitLab  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, managaed and maintained by the Department of Finance. A list of the modules are available at or on our website. 
HTML HTML is the standard markup language for creating web pages. HTML stands for hyper text markup language.
IRAP The informtion security registered assessors program (IRAP) is an Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) initiative to provide high-quality information and communications technology (ICT) security assessment services to government.
Legacy domains  A legacy domain is an additional or old website domain that previously received traffic
Metadata Metadata is data that describes and gives information about other data. 
Migration  Migration is the process of moving your website from a sandbox environment to its production location. More information is available on the support page
PaaS  Platform as a Service is a cloud licensing and distribution model which includes maintainence and support costs for  the infrastructure only. PaaS requires you to manage the application maintainence 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
Patching  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
Routes  A route is the path a data packet travels on from one network to another network based on the destination IP address
SaaS  Software as a Service is a cloud licensing and distribution model which includes maintainence 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
Sandbox  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. 
Unclassified DLM Data which is not classified but may be sensitive and is not intended for public release.
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.