Australian Government Style Manual updated for digital age

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

Australian Government<em> Style Manual</em> updated for digital age

The seventh edition of the Australian Government Style Manual has been launched; it is a digital-first edition that ensures government information is simple, clear, consistent and fit for the digital age.

Since its initial launch in 1966, the Australian Government Style Manual has undergone several iterations, with the last update occurring in 2002. The manual is the Australian Government’s authoritative source of guidance for writing and editing.

The updated edition is digital-first in all aspects, enabling ongoing iterations of style guidance, platform and delivery. It includes new topics and guidance on social media and writing for search engines, and updated advice for other means of communication.

Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) CEO Randall Brugeaud said the digital-first edition of the Australian Government Style Manual will help government departments and agencies communicate clearly and consistently with the Australian community.

“Australians expect government information to be simple, clear and accessible. As we continue to make more government services available digitally, it is vital these services are communicated in a way that is fit for the digital age and is accessible to all Australians,” Brugeaud said.

The DTA worked in partnership with Ethos CRS, the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University and Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand to develop the new edition. The new edition underwent research and prototype testing to ensure it met the needs of its users.

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