08 March 2019 Icon Agency launches new website for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Melbourne, 7 March 2019

Melbourne-based independent creative group, Icon Agency, has launched a new website for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) that will enable the public to better access information for over 56,000 Australian charities on the ACNC Charity Register.

Icon was tasked with delivering a newly designed and developed website that, being fully compliant with modern usability principals, would help the public understand the work of the not-for-profit sector through offering information, guidance, advice and other support.

Catering to a range of users including both existing and new charities, and the general public, the new website is built and managed on GovCMS Platform as a Service (PaaS) and was guided by the Australian government’s Digital Service Standard. 

Icon’s Managing Director Chris Dodds said that one of the key deliverables for the project was connecting Dynamics to GovCMS in order to transfer publicly available charity data in near real time.

“With over 75,000 searchable registered and previously registered charity records, coupled with their associated reporting documents held in the Dynamics system, Icon received over 500,000 files split into 1.2 million content types – all stored efficiently within a Drupal database for searching. The outcome is a seamless, efficient and super-fast search that can filter down to industry sector, charity subtype, location and status. With such a large amount of user-generated data, our team worked tirelessly to develop a consistent display that adhered to the ACNC rules and requirements.”

Of the project more broadly, Chris Dodds said "Icon’s interdisciplinary team has delivered a beautifully crafted and solidly developed website for ACNC and the charities they regulate. Projects of this scale require close collaboration with clients, careful scoping and planning, and a staged delivery that tests and iterates each deliverable to ensure it is fit for purpose.

“Critically, industry sector participants must be front-of-mind at all times – from the earliest stages of project planning through to final testing. By following the Digital Service Standard, Icon and the ACNC were able to deliver a modern, usable and scalable website that meets current requirements and can adapt as needs change over time.

“The new website supports the ACNC in its important role of overseeing the Australian charity sector.”

For more details, please visit: https://iconagency.com.au/work/acnc-govcms-solution

The new ACNC website is available at https://www.acnc.gov.au/