GovCMS Content Administration Training Manual

This training manual is for government or not-for-profit employees using GovCMS to edit and manage their website. However, many of the concepts in this manual can be applied to other Drupal sites.

This manual assumes you have GovCMS on your local computer or on the GovCMS hosting platform. While there are no specific knowledge prerequisites, if you’ve had experience with other CMSs you’ll find this course (and using GovCMS) easier.

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What you will learn

In this training manual, you will learn how to:

  1. Login to the administration area and access key areas

  2. Create and manage content and content revisions

  3. Create and manage files and media assets

  4. Publish content and learn the GovCMS content moderation workflow

  5. Manage content URLs, URL aliases and redirects

  6. Use taxonomy to categorise content

  7. Create online forms

  8. Manage blocks of content and update site navigation

  9. Manage content layout

  10. Understand more about GovCMS and Drupal

About GovCMS

Welcome to GovCMS, a whole-of-government digital platform based on open source content management system (CMS) Drupal.

One of the advantages of GovCMS as a whole-of-government digital platform is that the content covered in this course can be applied to the many GovCMS websites across Australian government. In addition, while this course focuses on GovCMS, much of the content and exercises can be applied to Drupal websites.

Contributing & Feedback

We’re continually working on improving these documents with community input and we appreciate any feedback, whether it's helping to contribute to further documentation or code, grammar issues, or simply a suggestion or improvement! Please refer to the Contributing guide for more guidance on this topic.

Alternatively you can also provide any feedback by emailing

Note: While these training materials are updated regularly, modules are also often updated and so you may find some differences between your user interface and the screenshots in this document. We appreciate your feedback and will work as quickly as possible to incorporate any corrections.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia License (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU).

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