Training people

We run plain English writing training for all workplace professionals.

We offer tailored training for organisations in writing reports, policies, ministerials, letters and emails, web content and more.

We also offer virtual training to the public. All you need is a credit card to purchase your place.

 Editing documents

We edit content to be engaging and effective. 

Our expert editors can:

  • edit complex material in depth
  • develop templates, such as for briefing notes
  • evaluate individual documents, sets of reports or whole websites.

 Building our community

We champion transparent and ethical public language. 

Our Executive Director, Dr Neil James, regularly speaks in the media about plain English. 

Browse our resources for our contributions to the plain language community.

The Australian Style GuideTM 

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Plain English Foundation has developed the Australian Style GuideTM (ASG) as the definitive online resource on Australian style for writers and editors.

The ASG reflects Australian writing practice for both print and digital environments. It’s equally apt for the government, corporate and university sectors.
It captures the expert knowledge of our editors, who’ve been helping organisations to develop style and writing guides for over 20 years. And it’s free.
Whether you’re looking for how to structure documents, format numbers or punctuate your content, the ASG has you covered.
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Worst Words announced

Plain English Foundation has voted 'alternative facts' as its worst word or phrase of the decade. The now infamous phrase from the Trump administration stood out in a post-truth period when global politics took an Orwellian turn. 

Of course, 2020 was the year of COVID-19, and it generated some less than welcome words. When easing coronavirus restrictions, South Australia allowed people in bars to drink while standing up. But the SA Government dubbed this 'vertical consumption' and won our vote for worst words of 2020.

Visit our Worst Words page for full lists of the Worst Words of the Decade and of 2020.

Our team

Passionate about clear communication?

We're recruiting for our team. Please visit Seek to see our job descriptions and apply: