The Australian Press Council (APC) was established in 1976 and is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media. The Press Council is also the principal body with responsibility for responding to complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.

Business Challenge

The APC’s previous website was launched in 2005 and based on proprietary coding. There were numerous shortcomings, including minimal ability to managing their own content and no staging site. The APC were looking to engage a suitably qualified web site development vendor to create a new web site for the organisation.

The new website needed to provide a more modern and friendly look-and-feel, better user experience, greater interactivity (especially with complainants and other key stakeholders), more up-to-date functionality based on WordPress, an easier content management system, support for mobile phones and tablets and the ability to make minor to medium-level changes to appearance and layout in-house.

Vendor Evaluation Results

CMC facilitated a 100% independent and pragmatic Vendor Evaluation for Website Development on behalf of the Australian Press Council. A Design Brief was prepared to support the vendor assessment process.  CMC project managed the Vendor Evaluation which included a technical questionnaire, cost summary and presentations by the shortlisted Vendors.

A preferred Vendor was identified, and the APC proceeded to the Website Design stage.

The expertise and assistance provided by CMC was excellent and helped to ensure that the evaluation proceeded without any of the major difficulties and delays that so often accompany such projects. CMC’s staff were a pleasure to deal with

John Pender - Executive DirectorAustralian Press Council