Justine Dixon

Position

Managing Editor

Experience

Justine is a technical editor who specialises in substantive plain English editing and writing evaluations. She works on a wide range of documents from workplace policies and legal contracts to community flyers and forms.

Recent highlights include:

  • editing customer documents for a major US commercial bank
  • evaluating writing standards at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • designing key briefing templates for the NSW Cabinet.

She also edited several landmark reports for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Justine is an expert in information and document design, and is known to be tough on officialese and legalese in workplace writing.

She has worked with government agencies across Australia, such as NSW Health, the NT Public Guardian, the SA Auditor-General's Department and the federal Department of Human Services. Her Getting to the point® clients have also included multinational companies like Fitness First, Cash Converters and WorleyParsons, and not-for-profit organisations such as Accessible Arts and SDN Children's Services.

Before joining the Foundation, Justine was a content developer at the British Standards Institution in London. Here she worked closely with technical experts to draft or revise around 100 standards.

She began her career producing yearbooks and online resources for the UK property industry.

Professional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Book Editing and Publishing (Macleay College)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature (University of Sydney)

Activities

Justine has been a judge for New Zealand’s plain English WriteMark Awards, involved in the Best Public Sector Document and Best Turnaround categories.

In 2015, she also helped judge the Best Private Original Document in the ClearMark Awards for the USA's Center for Plain Language.

Justine regularly attends events with Editors NSW and is involved in the international plain language community through PLAIN. She co-presented a ‘round robin’ session on dumbing down language and a workshop on persuading clients to adopt plain language at the PLAIN 2013 conference in Vancouver. More recently, she co-presented a paper on communication between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the 2016 Clarity International legal conference in Wellington.

 Our clients say

I have enjoyed the journey with you and the result is exactly what I was hoping to achieve. Thanks so much.

Director, trade and development consultancy

Thank you so much for all your work on the report. Your wonderful editing, advice and good humour was very much appreciated!

Writing team, national inquiry