Late last year we had the honour of being selected to redevelop the Department of Defence’s Army website -

The existing Army website was developed on an older version of Drupal on the GovCMS SaaS platform. We took the opportunity to upgrade the website to the Drupal 8 platform, as well as refresh the look and feel of the website and support the internal communications team to revise and improve the content.

The objective was to develop a website that could deliver rich and interesting content for the user, while improving the ability to author content internally within the confines of GovCMS SaaS.

Making extensive use of the Paragraphs module we created a library of different options for authors to select from when developing new content. This had the added benefit of cutting down the number of Content Types, allowing existing functionality such as Image Galleries and Content Lists to be extracted out into a Paragraph that could then be added anywhere in the site via the content of a Basic Page.

While the Army website was the first foray into the Department of Defence for us, we are excited to continue to work with them on a number of upcoming projects.

Visit the Army website


The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

OPC was delighted to be selected to redevelop the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia’s website -

With the appointment of the new Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) on the 1st of July 2019, the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General sought the development and design of a new website based on the GovCMS 8 distribution and standard templates.

Due to a tight deadline the Office decided to engage a supplier with extensive GovCMS 8 experience to develop the website on the new platform and associated distribution. OPC was chosen as the preferred supplier for this prestigious project.

OPC values the lengthy association with the Governor-General’s IT team, dating back to 2002. More recent projects include the development of the Governor General’s Drupal 8 intranet and developing the previous Governor-General’s website when General Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AK, CVO, MC was appointed in 2014.

The new Governor-General’s website utilises the GovCMS 8 UI-Kit to help deliver a modern, clean, responsive website befitting the status of the Office.

The development, forklift and launch of the site from start to finish was a total of 4 weeks.

Visit the Governor-Generals website

Sports Integrity

Sport Integrity Australia

Over a 6 week period, from project commencement to live implementation, OPC launched a GovCMS website for the new Department of Health governing body, the Sport Integrity Australia Taskforce. 

As the voice for integrity in Australian Sport, the Department of Health engaged OPC IT to design a GovCMS website showcasing the key areas that the taskforce manages such as safeguarding, sports wagering, match fixing, anti-doping and supplements in sport. 

The timeframe provided for this project was a short 6 weeks, which included discovery, research, content audit and creation, website design, development and testing. 

The objective was to develop a website that could deliver rich and interesting content for the user, while improving the ability to author content internally within the confines of latest Drupal 8 GovCMS SaaS platform.

OPC made extensive use of the GovCMS UIKit theme and 'Paragraphs' module to enable content authors to easily add multiple content components, to create a modern, dynamic and responsive website. The new site also utilises the use of taxonomy to help manage the sites Anti-Doping 'Sanctions' database.

Visit the Sport Integrity website


Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE)

The Department of Defence engaged OPC to design and develop the The Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) website as a subdomain of the Australian Army website on the GovCMS SaaS platform.

DATE is the new adversary training system delivering contemporary and holistic training options to make ADF ‘future ready’. DATE replicates all regions of the modern world environment, including geopolitics, space, air, maritime, sub surface, land, and informational battlespaces. The end goal of the DATE website is to accelerate student learning, providing quick, easy access to course material via a responsive website.

The domestic audience for the website includes the Australian Army, Navy, Air Force, Joint Defence, Defence schools and colleges, Defence public servants and other relevant supporting Australian Government Agencies. The international audience, including Australia’s Five-Eyes Defence partners.

A discovery phase provided the opportunity to engage with a wide range of DATE stakeholders and spawned the IA and UI design.

OPC built the website on the GovCMS SaaS platform utilising the GovCMS 8 and the UIKit theme to enable advanced content authoring and enhanced user experience.  

A key function of the site was the creation a dynamic military asset system, enabling content authors to create complex and detailed force and equipment structures that replicate real world military forces. Users of the site can explore the military capabilities of both friendly and unfriendly forces to develop training exercises for Australian Military personnel.  

OPC utilised a combination of the Drupal 'Book' and 'Views' modules to create complex hierarchical asset structures that allowed users to navigate and explore the vast array of military assets used by various regional combatants.

Visit the DATE website


Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA)

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.

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. 

Visit the IPEA website


Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)

The initial goal of this project was to upgrade the ACIC website from GovCMS SaaS D7 to D8, and provide quality of life improvements were possible.  During the development the scope was enhanced to include a major restructure of the homepage to give the new site a facelift.

The redevelopment project was fairly straight forward, with the ACIC website being a fairly simple information and publication website.  The major developments of note would be the handful of complicated Webforms that would need to be developed, and the various user access required in order to protect some behind a login.

Rather than simply running a Drupal 8 upgrade over the existing Drupal 7 website, the decision was made to redevelop it from scratch in order to both take advantage of the base level Drupal 8 features, as well as to ensure that no legacy configuration was brought across that may cause issues during later development.

This allowed us to easily cull and merge field functionality into something more streamlined and easy to use without having the site cluttered with legacy data. It also allowed us to migrate the content for pages into Paragraphs, allowing for more rich content to be added by the content authors in the future.

The development progressed in a fairly straightforward manner, migrating content across both manually for basic page content, and then using Views and Feeds to export/import to bring across the Reports.

Static pages from the old site were replaced with automated Views of Reports based on the various new metadata fields that were added.

One of the complicated webforms on the site is used by Police officers around Australia to run checks on Firearms that have been confiscated.  This required creating multiple custom user roles in order to submit and view submissions of the form.

While there have been some small issues with DNS configuration and server email security, the site itself has been running very well with only minor fixes required post launch.

Visit the ACIC website


Ministerial and Parliamentary Services (MAPS)

The Department of Finance’s Ministerial and Parliamentary Services (MAPS) website contains extensive content ranging from forms, circulars, handbooks and legislative framework around Senators and Members’ work expenses and travel entitlements.

The MAPS team selected OPC to update the design of the MAPS website whilst redeveloping the website on the govCMS platform. 

The primary objectives of the new MAPS website were to contemporise the design, restructure content and migrate the website to the govCMS platform

The design phase involved the development of design concepts, information architecture and wireframes. This design refresh was conducted in line with the Corporate Identity Style Guide after a discovery phase was undertaken to identify the overall goals of the new site with specific questions targeting message, audience, content, look & feel and functionality of the site.

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. 

OPC provided a 45 day warranty period, post launch, covering warrantable issues with the Drupal and custom-built functional components. OPC provided training to MAPS stakeholders.

Visit the MAPS website


Australian Army Research Centre (AARC)

The Department of Defence’s Australian Army Research Centre (AARC) selected OPC through the Drupal Services panel to develop a new website on the GovCMS8 SaaS platform. The AARC’s content for the website was previously contained within the Army website.

The website caters for domestic and international audiences who require information or research product on the latest thinking and debate on the changing character of war and use of land forces published by the Australian Army Research Centre.

Aside from disseminating information the main objectives of the AARC website include providing a forum for two way engagement with users, creating a mechanism to create collaboration and articulating available resources at AARC.

OPC conducted a discovery phase with AARC stakeholders to produce the IA and UI design, on top of final designs before development commenced. The site was launched in January 2020.

Visit the AARC website


Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)

ORIC, in partnership with the Business Council of Australia, were looking to provide a new matching service to introduce people looking to become an independent director with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations looking to appoint the right independent directors to their boards.

OPC has been providing ongoing Drupal web services to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (which enfolds ORIC) for over 12 years. 

OPC developers created a custom data matching service using the Drupal 7 CMS that allows candidates to register their skills and availability to be matched against Independent Directorship positions advertised by indigenous corporations.

The project included the development of a new Information Architecture and a design phase. The notable functionality on this website includes spam and vulgarity filters, webforms and a training schedule for corporations. 

Visit the ORIC website


Department of Education Multi-site govCMS Migration

In the first half of 2018 OPC undertook to migrate five Department of Education & Training (DET) websites from SharePoint to the govCMS Drupal 7 platform. 

The Department was looking to work with a local Canberra company with significant Drupal and govCMS experience that they could trust, in order to meet their timeframe for the need to renewal of their Sharepoint licenses. The DET knew that OPC had the skills and local resources to undertake such a large body of work.

The five DET websites cover a wide range of subject matter including requirements and procedures for higher education, overseas study, assistance for financing tertiary study, skills assessment and licence recognition.

The challenge OPC faced in migrating these websites was to replicate SharePoint functionality as closely as possible in Drupal, particularly ensuring that it worked within the govCMS SaaS confines and environment. 

Key to the success of migrating all 5 sites was understanding the limitations and methods when developing for a SaaS solution. OPC developers were able to do this using a number of key govCMS modules, primary of which was the "Feeds' module suite that allowed our developers to take a number of complex data exports from the SharePoint source and to then manipulate and consolidate ready for import into the Drupal CMS. One site has subsequently been decommissioned.

The sites included:

  1. HEIMSHELP - Information about requirements and procedures for higher education and VET providers.
  2. Licence Recognition - Information about how an occupational licence or registration obtained in one state or territory can be recognised in another.
  3. Study Assist - Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study.
  4. Trade Recognition Australia - Skills assessment service provider specialising in assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia.

Visit the Study Assist website


My Business Health - Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)

In April of 2019 the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) approached the market for the development of an online tool to provide holistic support to small business owners. The site needed to be mobile first, with a clean interface and most importantly, not to look and feel like just another Government website. 

The initial request proposed the development of an app. However, after discussions with the team at ASBFEO and the Department of Jobs, it was decided instead to develop a mobile first sub-site that would live on the ASBFEO website. Importantly, it would use a separate theme entirely that retained the look, feel and ease of use of an app, but with the robust and easy to use content editing options provided by development within the Drupal platform.

The primary goal of the project was to provide a clear and concise display of information and resources for small business owners. The site needed to be simple to use so that any business owner could simply browse through after a hard day at the office and find the information they needed without having to trudge through pages and pages of policy documents.

The crisp clean graphic design was created internally at ASBFEO. The site itself was then developed by OPC as a sub-section to an empty Drupal 7 test website, with the knowledge that for final delivery, the tool needed to be as self-contained as possible in order to facilitate a quick and seamless deployment onto the production environment.

Visit the ASBFEO website

Water Rating - govCMS

Water Rating - govCMS

In 2019 OPC was engaged the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to migrate the existing SharePoint website into GovCMS 8 SaaS.

Visit the Water Rating website