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Hi everyone,

The question of which design tool/software is such a recurring one, I cannot believe this hasn’t been discussed here already. Alas I couldn’t find any relevant thread so I’m starting this one with this first question:

Do you know of any government department using the design tool Figma in any official capacity?

I’m going through IT security assessment for my team at DESE and any help would be appreciated.


We’re not allowed to install software so can’t help you. Good luck.

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Hi Etienne,

Chiming in here to share our endorsement of Figma publicly. DTA uses Figma for many products, including Design System, Observatory, Digital Marketplace and ICT Procurement Portal, among others.

@BrianF Figma is entirely web based, no need for installation, just access to the site from a browser on their compatibility list (MS Edge included). It’s also just a very good design tool, so if you’re looking for something like that, give it a go!


Hi @etiennemaujean,
Building on what Gordon said, Figma has just had some major feature improvements including Variants which allows you to build and manage component states and properties easily, streamlining the management and application of component libraries. When combined, Variants with Auto Layout make creating dynamic components, that respond to their content, and responsive layouts much simpler.

Hey @adrian.yee

Long time no see! Yes, Figma is rapidly getting better so we’re keen to get official endorsement by our procurement and IT security teams. We’re going through the security assessment and signoff process at the moment. Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll be all sorted.

If anyone is interested, I’ve identified a number of teams across the federal government who are using Figma in unofficial capacity (e.g. on unmanaged macbooks) but only two who have publicly endorsed it (DTA and NSW Gov.). Hopefully DESE will be next.