Better information at Victoria Law Foundation

Victoria Law Foundation’s advocacy for the use of plain legal language plays an integral part in our vision to help Victorians understand the law and use it to improve their lives. Plain language can help break down barriers to accessing justice for many Victorians. We believe good communication is the key to demystifying the law for the community.

There are a number of ways that the foundation aims to improve communication in the legal sector. Our goal is to share knowledge and expertise broadly across the legal and community sectors – to build an army of people who can help us improve the legal information available to Victorians.

Plain language training

We offer plain language training to lawyers, legal professionals, community workers and tertiary law school students to help them improve their communication skills.

Plain Language Training Intensive

Who is this for?
Anyone who produces information about the law and legal system in Victoria, including lawyers and community legal education workers.

What will you learn?
This all-day workshop offers an overview of the principles of plain language and practical advice to ensure your writing is clear, engaging and easily understood by your intended audience.

Cost
These seminars are free.

Go on our waiting list
These sessions are very popular and get booked out early. Priority will be given to those providing community legal education. Spaces are limited to two people per organisation per year.

Register your interest for the next training.

Student plain language training

Who is this for?
Students currently studying for a Bachelor of Laws or JD degree.

What will you learn?
How to write clearly and effectively to best communicate your message to a specific audience. This training will be of most benefit to law students wanting tips on assignment writing and more senior students who are looking to develop skills for the workplace.

Cost
These seminars are free.

For more information about our student plain language training, contact our Projects and Plain Language Officer on (03) 9604 8100 or by email.

Plain language resources

We have collected the best plain language resources from Australia and overseas, including research, guidelines and practical advice. The resources include a range of historical materials that were influential in the development of plain language, particularly in Australia.

Better information workshops

Every year Victoria Law Foundation delivers a series of free workshops for legal professionals, community workers and publishing and communications professionals who want to produce better legal information in print and digital formats. Previously known as the Legal Sector Publishing Forums, our Better Information Workshops are free, and draw on experts from relevant fields such as user experience and testing, design, writing, editing, printing and digital production.

This page was last updated on June 06, 2017