Plain English Foundation began life in 2000 as an offshoot of Halstead Press, the independent Australian publisher. We delivered our very first Getting to the point® training workshops under the name of Halstead Communications, after clients implored us to teach them how to write more clearly.
The Foundation was registered as a publicly listed company in 2003. We chose to call ourselves a 'foundation', even though we offer business services, to celebrate our main goal: to improve the standard of public language.
We officially launched the Foundation at the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2004. Since then, our company has grown in both size and reputation. Our enthusiasm for plain English, supported by our proven expertise, means we are now the first port of call for many organisations seeking to improve their writing.
What we do
We are the clear communication experts. We offer an integrated suite of writing products:
- training, to bring you the best plain language teaching experience
- in-depth editing, to ensure your documents meet a high standard
- writing evaluation, to review your writing against best practice benchmarks.
These business services support our busy program of community activities that aims to:
- improve public language
- raise awareness of the social and political benefits of clear public language
- set best practice standards for plain English.
Our clients say
I have worked closely with Plain English Foundation over the past five years. We have developed an excellent working relationship and the standard of writing [here] has improved considerably as a result of the Getting to the point® program.
I have particularly appreciated being able to discuss how best to approach each initiative as no ‘one size fits all’ approach works in every situation.
Branding Manager, water utility
PLAIN Conference, 2009–15
Clarity Conference, 2012–16
WriteMark Awards, 2006–15
ClearMark Awards, 2011–16
International Plain Language Working Group
National Editors Conference, 2011
Sydney Writers' Festival, 2005–15
We also support local groups, like the Newtown Review of Books.