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Common website elements
Content and elements that must be included on every government website
There are common content items and site features that must be included on every Australian Government website. These requirements help users to access content and ensure public accountability information is provided consistently.
How do I?
The Digital Transformation Agency is currently consulting on how common government content and features can be adopted across Australian Government websites to make them easier for people to use.
Australian Government websites must:
- manage ministerial content
- meet the Online Content Requirements
- identify the agency
- provide contact details
- provide a website disclaimer
- use uniform navigation
- assess privacy impacts of cookies
- comply with the Caretaker Conventions during election periods
- use correct metadata
- use appropriate content licensing
- provide a copyright notice
- use open licensing where possible.
There are specific requirements for agencies about how to refer correctly to the Australian Government in content.
The primary websites of Australian Government agencies must also:
- meet additional Online Content Requirements
- publish details of individual grants
- make all forms digitally available
- publish media releases and speeches
- publish non-commercial agency publications
- meet the requirements of the FOI Act and Information Publication Scheme including providing a disclosure log
- list contracts
- provide files list (Harradine report).
Last updated: 24 June 2016