These writing style guidelines outline our department's preferred use of words, phrases and punctuation for all print and web content.
See below for a list of additional resources and contact Engagement, Communication and Media at email@example.com if you have any queries about these guidelines.
Use this checklist to ensure your content remains consistent, engaging and high quality.
We use plain language in our print and web material, ensuring content is both professional and accessible.
Find out how we use capitalisation in our published work and how to check your spelling.
A simple overview of grammar, from nouns and verbs to pronouns and prepositions.
Know your punctuation rules and where to use them effectively in your written work.
Structuring your content well, including when to use headings, bullet and numbered lists, and tables.
Know when to use italics and bold text in your publications.
We have a consistent approach to the way we use numbers and measurement across the department.
How to use abbreviations, contractions, acronyms, initialisms and symbols.
We avoid stereotypical, stigmatising or divisive descriptions in our writing.
When it is appropriate to use key terms such as 'the government', 'the state' or 'the department'.
Use these additional resources to help you with your writing:
Note: Use the following details to access the online version of the Macquarie dictionary: