Topics and tags

Lists and describes topics and tags used to categorise content pages, news and events.

All pages (nodes) in the CMS have some mandatory and some optional fields to tag the content. These tags help:

  • filter content in search and collection components
  • group content for analytics and reporting

The topics and tags lists are based on user research and can only be added to or edited by the SDP content team.

Using tags on the website

Tags help users filter and browse content that is relevant to their interests.

Show tags on pages

When the 'Show topic term and tags' checkbox is ticked on a page, they will display at the bottom of that published page.

Clicking on a topic or tag link will take the user to a search page showing all content tagged that topic or tag. (You can try this by clicking on the topic tag 'Governance' or audience tag 'Government' at the bottom of this page.)

Show tags on cards

When the 'Show supplemental info' checkbox is ticket on a Promotion or Navigation card, the topic will be displayed as well as the content type if it is grant, event or news.

Topic tagging

Each time a new page is created, you have to choose one topic for the page.

Choose the most applicable topic from the following list:

  • Arts, culture & heritage
  • Business
  • Communities
  • Coronavirus
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Equality
  • Governance
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Justice
  • Safety & emergencies
  • Science & technology
  • Sport & recreation
  • Transport
  • Working in government
Screenshot of the Topic field on the create page screen

Other tags

Tags are not mandatory for most content pages. They are recommended for events and grants to help users filter to content that interests them.

Tags (audience)

Choose 1 to 3 of the most relevant tags from the following 'audience' list:

  • Aboriginal Victorians
  • Business
  • Government
  • Men
  • Migrants
  • Not-for-profit groups
  • Older Victorians
  • Parents & carers
  • People with disability
  • Students
  • Under 18s
  • Veterans
  • Victims of crime & crime survivors
  • Women


Every page has a mandatory department tag that is automatically populated according to the department of the person creating the page. You can change this if a page has been tagged incorrectly.

Additional tagging for events and grants

Audience type

You can add up to 3 tags in the Audience type field for Events and Grants:

  • Individual
  • Business
  • Government
  • Not-for-profit groups

Event category

You can add up to 3 tags in the Event category section:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts, exhibitions and design
  • Business training and networking
  • Celebrate our diversity
  • Comedy
  • Community events and fundraisers
  • Festivals and major events
  • Film and cinema
  • Food and drink
  • History and heritage
  • Markets and shopping
  • Music
  • Remembrance services
  • School holiday activities
  • Science and nature
  • Sport and exercise
  • State funeral
  • Talks and workshops
  • Theatre and dance
  • Wellbeing

Event requirements

You can add up to 3 tags in the Event requirements section:

  • Accessible venue
  • Child friendly
  • Free admission
  • Online event
  • Seniors