About our beta website
We're creating a new health.gov.au that's easier to understand and use. Our beta website helps us deliver and test new designs and solutions with real, rewritten content. We release updates regularly — tell us what you think! When the beta website is finished, it will become the new health.gov.au
Why we are creating a beta website
Our Health portfolio has a lot of websites. They aim to meet different needs for different people. But our websites don’t look or feel the same and it’s hard to tell whether some of them are government websites. Information can be hard to find, scan, read and understand. Some of our information is duplicated, out of date or incorrect, too long, technical or presented to the wrong audience.
To address these challenges, we want to create a new health website that is up to date, simple and easier for you to use. We are:
- building our site to meet your needs, focusing on a consistent experience
- merging multiple health websites into one
- reorganising our information so you can find what you are looking for
- rewriting our information so it is current, complete and easy to understand
- tagging our content with topics so you can easily find related information
- making it easier to find information for different audiences
- building new features and functions that help you perform tasks
- improving our search to help you find information fast
- aligning to new digital standards for website design, content and development
What is the beta website?
Our beta website is a new version of our existing website.
Our existing website has more than 20,000 web pages! This is too much information to redesign and rewrite all in one hit. Our beta website gives us a place to deliver (and test) our new designs and solutions, with real content, in stages or ‘releases’.
We release updates to our beta website regularly. As we rewrite our content, we remove it from our old site. We add a message on the old site so you can find it in its new location — here on our beta.
If you can’t find the information you need on this beta website, please visit our existing website.
You can tell us what you think about our beta website along the way. This helps us to make sure our changes are working and we keep improving. So please — get involved!
When our work is done and the beta website is finished, it will ‘go live’ and become the new health.gov.au.
Our beta process
We use the following process to release new functionality and move content to our new beta website:
- design and build
- get feedback
We follow the Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA’s) Service design and delivery process (SDDP) and Digital Service Standard (DSS). We also use a number of other industry standards, guidelines and best practices.
Read more about our beta process.
We release new content and functionality to the beta website as it is ready. We’ll let you know what is in each release with our release notes.
Often, our releases will include updates or changes to specific areas of our beta website. We would love your feedback on these changes to help us test whether:
- the changes work as expected
- they are useful for you
To test this, we will set up one or more surveys.
Any time you participate in our surveys, you are giving us valuable feedback that helps to make our website better.
You can help us make our new health.gov.au better for everyone. Find all the ways that you can get involved.