Plain language resources

Drawing together the best plain language resources from Australia and overseas into one location – research, guidelines and practical advice.

The foundation's list of plain language resources is broken up into activities to help you find what you are looking for. Search for a particular topic by keyword or filter by activity. The resources include a range of historical materials that were influential in the development of plain language, particularly in Australia.

Please note that, apart from Victoria Law Foundation resources, all resources are held on external websites.

We have developed a guide on how we have grouped the resources to make it easier for you to use them.

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Research and journals

Paths that meet: the plain language network

This article identifies the overall objectives of the Plain Language Network for Spanish speakers which has been set up in Mexico. It discusses past issues of transparency and efficiencies, and identifies what they consider a fundamental right – the right to understand.

Keywords: Plain Language Network, Spanish, Mexico, right to understand

Published: 2009

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Leaving legalese behind

This article identifies and illistrates the business benefits of using plain language through the example of a New Zealand law firm, AJ Park. Some benefits highlighted are saving time and a reduction in clients missing deadlines and reducing culture barriers.

Keywords: New Zealand, AJ Park, benefits, business

Published: 2009

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Stepping stones to plain English

This article discusses the author's thesis 'Plain English: The efficacy of US Securities and Exchange Commission recommendations in corporate annual reports and implications for individual investors'. The thesis discusses plain language in corporate business disclosures.

Keywords: Securities and Exchange Commission, disclosure

Published: 2008

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Construction contract administration – an approach on clarity

This article examines the clarity of construction contracts. The article argues that it is often difficult for a party to comply with terms of a contract if they cannot understand them. The research methods used to examine the clarity, analysis and results are explained.

Keywords: construction contracts, clarity

Published: 2008

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Some thoughts on standards

This article discusses what standards are and their suitability for plain language. Possible examples from the International Standards Organisation (ISO) are given.

Keywords: standards, International Standards Organisation, guidelines

Published: 2008

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Clear language: the municipal challenge

This article is paper 1/3 on Plain Language for municipalities – tools and effects. It discusses how The Clarity Kit was used in two Canadian based to support clear language advocates and discusses how municipalities benefit from clear language.

Keywords: municipalities, The Clarity Kit, Canada

Published: 2008

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