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Australian government websites always use a .gov.au domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov.au site by inspecting your browser’s address (or 'location') bar.

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The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Design system starter kit

We have created a starter kit with templates that can get you up and running with the design system. You can view the live version or go to the starter kit GitHub repository to download the code.

The starter kit requires Node.js version 8 or higher. See the Node.js/npm installation guides if you require assistance installing node.

  1. Download the starter kit

  2. In terminal open this folder and run npm install. This will install dependencies necessary for the local development environment.

  3. You can now start your local server by running npm run watch. This will check for file changes, when it occurs the server will build your site refresh the browser.

How it works

In your directory you have a package.json file. This file points to dependencies that are installed when npm install is run. When you run npm install all of the design system components and additional packages related to the local development environment are added to the node_modules/ folder.

When the user runs npm run build or npm run watch we use node-sass to convert the src/sass/main.scss file into the docs/css/main.css file. Autoprefixer is run after compilation to add vendor prefixes to the main.css file.

Refer to the package.json scripts for how this has been set up

This set up allows you to modify the variables in the design system file from the main.scss file. You can add your own colour scheme, or change the typography and spacing. Tweaks to the components or additional ones should be added below the import of _auds.scss in the main.scss file. Changes to these files will be injected into your browser so you dont even need to refresh thanks to Browser Sync.

The docs folder contains all the files required to publish a website. The index.html file references the main.css file and script.min.js assets to generate the page. We name the folder docs because GitHub pages uses the docs folder to host static websites.

To start using other components you can copy paste the HTML code snippets from the documentation into the index.html or other html file that you may have created.