Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC)

Morpht introduced fresh new designs, simplified complex content requirements with interactive components and built a new website on the GovCMS SaaS platform.


The Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) is an independent agency that advises the Australian Government on how funds from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should be distributed to state and territory governments.  The CGC is responsible for collecting and assessing data, and undertaking research to provide considered advice to the Commission.


The challenge

The CGC were looking for a website refresh on the GovCMS platform. The project involved 

  • Creating a new design direction that extended the current brand and style guidelines, 
  • incorporating newly developed design assets,
  • Optimising the information architecture to surface important content and reports.
CGC logo


  • Design
  • Drupal 9
  • Convivial for GovCMS
  • Web development
  • Content migration

The solution

Commencing with Discovery sessions, Morpht took a deep dive into the requirements with the CGC. We took on the challenge of working with a strong and distinctive colour palette to extend the Australian Government Design system while meeting accessible standards. Through a few iterations we settled on a design direction that aligned well with the CGC’s brand identity.

CGC website on devices

Information architecture

By clearing defining the information architecture , Morpht drew up a content model to help unpack the CGC’s complex hierarchy for its Government Reports. A Final Report is the outcome of a series of activities including Consultations, Issues, Submissions and other Supporting Information. We developed a concept of Document containers and File Collections to provide structure and context.

Document containers and File Collections

To deliver on a hierarchy of documents and reports we created a series of nested paragraph containers. The editor can set up a Document container to establish a heading and description and nest within that a File Collection to pull in media files related to a report.

CGC documents on ipad

Interactive map

The CGC wanted a map of Australia on their home page which clearly showed the State and Territory GST distribution.

Morpht developed a component that handled this requirement; which includes the flexibility for CGC to modify the content and the colours for each State and Territory as required.

Importantly, this feature also needed to meet accessibility requirements. As such, we added an accordion below the map to render the content in a format that will easily be picked up by screen readers.

CGC interactive map

New design

A fresh new design brought the site up to speed with attractive, inviting imagery.

The design is content first with an emphasis on ease of use and accessibility. 

CGC new website design

The outcome

Morpht, in close collaboration with the CGC team, worked through the challenges of complex content needs to deliver a great outcome. Through a consultative review with external stakeholders, Morpht was able to deliver the CGC a new website they’re excited about and proud of on the GovCMS platform.

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As part of our strategic communications review, we identified the need to upgrade/refresh our website. We felt it was particularly important to enhance the look, feel and overall user-experience. Morpht readily understood our needs and were fundamental in helping us achieve this.

Morpht exceeded our expectations by delivering a clean, contemporary, and user-friendly website, on time and within budget, that complements our new corporate branding.

Morpht’s subject matter expertise coupled with their professionalism, patience, diligence, and flexibility made the overall experience positive.

Duncan Cotter
Director Corporate Services | Commonwealth Grants Commission

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