Government writing is a key aspect of government activity and procedures at all levels. Some government writing supports internal management and policy development. But much is designed to communicate government information and strategic messages to the general public, and to particular professional or social communities.
The aims of government writing for the public include to:
- allow the public to find and access government services
- present and justify government policy to the public
- report on government programs, inquiries and initiatives.
When communicating with the public, government writing must be as clear and understandable as possible. It must consider a wide range of audiences of varying reading skills and cognitive ability. It must also consider the conventions of the department or agency it is written for.
This section includes:
- Government writing style
- Challenges in government writing
- Types of government writing
- Resources for government writing.
Other relevant sections
- use clear and appropriate language
- use inclusive and respectful language
- write about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- write about evidence
- write about risk
- write about data and statistics
- cite other work.
How to present and format:
- Australian regions
- country names
- ethnic groups
- geographical and political regions
- heritage-related terms
- state and territory government departments
- titles of documents and other resources
- acronyms and initialisms
How to capitalise:
- conventions, treaties, protocols, codes and projects
- names of events
- job titles
- national and religious holidays
- organisations and institutions
- political parties
- proper nouns.
How to make documents and resources accessible, including:
How to format, design and include:
Related subject areas
Government interacts with all fields, including: