Writing in plain language
Writing in plain language is an important part of communicating your message to a community group. It is particularly important when your message contains complex legal information that is not easy to understand.
Information that is written in plain language helps people to understand the law and the legal assistance available to them. It can also contribute to and enhance an agency's service delivery. For example, when people clearly understand who they need to contact, or the process the they need to follow, or how to complete a form - it can save time and avoid errors.
The following links are provided for general reference. To enquire about plain language service providers, please contact us.
How to guides
The Victoria Law Foundation specialises in producing and curating publications to help those creating plain language legal resources. They have pulled together a list of great plain language resources to help you to understand the key principles of plain language and the benefits of producing legal information that can be understood the first time, every time. You can find their handy guide to these resources at this link: http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/plain-language-resources
Organisations advocating for and supporting plain language
Clarity is a worldwide group of lawyers and others who advocate using plain language over legalese.
Plain English Foundation is an Australian organisation that advocates for plain language writing and provides training
Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a group of Australian government employees from many different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing. Their website contains resources, examples of plain and not so plain language and useful tips and tools, for everyone to use.
Plain Language Association International is a growing volunteer non-profit organisation of plain language advocates, professionals and organisations committed to plain language principles.