Information architecture (IA) focuses on organising, structuring, and labelling content in an effective and sustainable way. A good IA supports findability and discoverability of content on a website. A well-structured and labelled IA is meaningful and matches the user's mental model. It also relies on well-designed navigation that looks clickable and is placed in a logical and expected location.
Bringing websites together
Education.nsw.gov.au brings our 4 largest information based websites into a single space. It also connects to other websites, such as NSW public school websites through search.
To create a great IA we need to consider how our department information fits together and how items relate to each other. We are using a user-centred-design process, where we test, learn and refine the labels and groupings of content to improve usability. We have been through multiple major iterations so far and are continuing to test and learn as we add more content to the website.
Level 2 hubs
- Early childhood education
- Public schools
- Teaching and learning
- Student wellbeing
- Policy library
- About us
- Inside the department (staff only content)
Refer to our masterlist (department staff only) for the global education.nsw.gov.au IA (down to level 5) - log into education google docs with your education gmail account e.g. email@example.com
Version 7 - refined post usability testing with schools, corporate and parents.
Browse axure sitemap version 7
Version 5 - refined post usability testing with schools, corporate and parents.
Browse axure sitemap version 5
Version 4 - refined post usability testing with schools, corporate and parents.
Browse axure sitemap version 4
Version 3 - refined post corporate and schools research and put through usability testing in a clickable prototype. Tested with parents, schools and corporate.
Browse axure sitemap version 3
Version 2 - was refined using card sorting activity and usability testing, with corporate audiences.
Corporate research report - [Google drive - DoE access only]
Version 1 - was refined using card sorting activity, with schools and parents audiences.
Schools research report [Google drive - DoE access only]
Register for user feedback sessions
We periodically invite feedback from NSW public schools and DoE corporate staff through usability testing and other activities. If you work at an NSW public schools or are DoE corporate staff, please email us with details of your role, your location and the best way to get hold of you.