Government Functional Standard GovS 011: Communication

This functional standard is part of a suite of functional standards designed to promote consistent and coherent working within government organisations and across organisational boundaries.



The standard provides direction and guidance for:

  • permanent secretaries, directors general (and chief executive officers (CEO) of arm’s length bodies)
  • senior leadership and board members within organisations;
  • those commissioning communications
  • communications leads within organisations
  • those involved in developing, managing and delivering communications
  • third parties engaged in government communications, including in partnership marketing

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Published 4 November 2020
Last updated 3 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Version 2.0 of this standard replaces the previous edition [version 1 dated August 2019] and has the same purpose, scope and intent. The main changes relate to: • Updated references from the GCS Canon of Professional Practice • Minor wording changes to ensure consistency across the suite of functional standards • Splitting the key Principles [section 2] from seven into nine, for purposes of greater clarity.

  2. First published.