Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts going Web 2.0

Agency looking to boost the engagement functionality on its website

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts is looking to increase engagement on environmental issues with ordinary Australians through Web 2.0 technologies.

The agency's site,, is currently made up mostly of facts about environmental principles, as well as instructional articles about how to ‘live greener’.

According to request for tender documents, however, the Department intends to incorporate “Web 2.0 functionality” at some stage along the site’s new 18-month development timeline.

“The portal has been developed following User Centred Design principles. The aim is to provide a rich user experience and increase engagement,” the documents read.

“Accessibility and usability of the site are high priorities.”

The site is currently based on the MySource Matrix content management system, an open-source system by Australian developer Squiz.

Some of the more immediate changes intended for the site include filters for finding localised information, and new content specifically designed for businesses and schools.

The work, according to the tender documents, is intended to begin in December of this year. The agreement also includes two options allowing for 12 months more past the initial 18 month phase.

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