Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC)

The Commonwealth Grants Commission (CGC) needed a website refresh with the new corporate branding and assets built on the GovCMS SasS platform. The usability of the content CGC collect and report, needed to be easily accessible and user friendly. Morpht developed an interactive map to clearly show the State and Territory GST distribution and also incorporated an accordion below the map to meet accessibility standards.

Design / Build / Migration / Integration


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.

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 web page header region


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.

Demonstration of document containers and file collections


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.

Map of Australia showing mouse over of GST distribution for each state/territory


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.

Map of Australia with accordion showing relevant content for accessibility purposes.


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.


CGC Testimonial

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

Visit the Commonwealth Grants Commission website 

New design

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

CGC website on desktop


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

CGC mobile version

Informative and insightful

The site now has a fresh look, and has components which inform the public, providing insights into the distribution of GST in Australia

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