What are these guides?
The GOV.AU Guides are currently under development. Once released, the guides will share the latest thinking in accessibility, best-practice and user-tested design and content approaches.
The guides will:
- help designers, developers and content writers and editors to create and maintain a consistent and simple user experience across Australian Government online services
- support the building of services which are inclusive by design
- help government departments and agencies apply a consistent visual style, voice and tone. This will help users recognise government information as a trusted source of truth.
- respond to user-needs by inviting feedback as it develops and evolves. Once live, information will be continually updated and designers, researchers, content creators and front-end developers will be invited to comment, collaborate, share and discuss ideas.
What will be in the guides?
Prototype toolkit, design components and code
Global styles, colour, typography, forms, icon usage, buttons, interface patterns, support documents, content type templates, foundations for a consistent visual language and open source code.
Guidance, examples and code
Showing how to create a streamlined experience for people who engage with government on different screen sizes and devices.
Contextual information for using patterns and components
To help users understand the why and how, accessibility guidance and usability considerations.
A modern content style guide (A to Z format) and writing for the web guidance
Style guidance and examples to help writers and editors create simpler, clearer, accessible digital content.
Where to go while the GOV.AU Guides are being developed
Want to get involved?
If you would like to give feedback on the GOV.AU Guides, please join a DTA Community for updates and opportunities to comment.
Read a blog post about the thinking behind the GOV.AU content style guide.
Last updated: 18 October 2016