Parts of government forms

Date adopted: 
February 21, 2018
Last update: 
August 9, 2023

This page lays out all the parts that make up a form and their order. We've standardized the wording and formatting for each of these parts to:

  • ensure all government forms are consistent; and
  • make sure they meet the government's writing and user experience standards. 

Web form parts

How you order form elements for web forms will depend on the form content. There is a framework you should follow and online design patterns you must apply.

  • bridge page. The user journey should start on so there should be a page that links to the form. This could be a bridge page or it might only be the document download page for the form.
  • Start page 
    • Data collection notice
  • Individual web form pages
  • Check answers page
  • Payment page (only if you take payment via the web form)
  • Confirmation page

PDF form parts

Content in all public-facing PDF forms should follow this structure.