Which style guide is right for you?


A joint IPEd and CSE Presentation

Did you know that Australia has three style guides?

  • Australian Manual of Style
  • Australian Government Style Manual
  • Australian Style Guide.

But which one is the right one for you? Which style guide suits your industry or the work you do? If your chosen style guide is the recipe, which one will ensure a delicious chocolate brownie every time?

The Canberra Society of Editors and IPEd are jointly hosting this event which will feature presentations from representatives of the 3 style guides, followed by a discussion panel and an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest from each guide, and to ask the questions that will help you discover what style guide is right for you.

Can’t make it in person? We’ll be live streaming via Zoom to ensure the event is accessible wherever you are.

Date: Saturday 23 March 2024
Time: 2 pm (on site), 4 pm (AEDT)
Venue: St Mark’s National Theological Centre, ACT and online via Zoom.
Bookings close: 5 pm THursday 21 March 2024
Bookings: https://iped.memnet.com.au/MemberSelfService/EventBooking.aspx?selectedEventId=898


Australian Manual of Style

The Australian manual of style (AMOS) is a free, comprehensive and practical guide for anyone who writes, edits or presents complex information. In 2024, AMOS will become the Biotext content manual, with new and expanded information about content strategy, content design and accessibility.

Dr Julie Irish (AE, ELS) is CEO and Principal Health Content Developer and Strategist at Biotext. She has provided content consultancy for large and small communication projects, mainly in the government sector, for more than 10 years. Biotext was established in 1997 as a team of content experts specialising in scientific and complex information.

Australian Government Style Menual

The Australian Government Style Manual is for everyone who writes, edits or approves Australian Government content. It is written by experts and based on evidence. Use it to create clear and consistent content that meets the needs of users.

Leanne Manthorpe is supervising editor of the Style manual. With tertiary qualifications in editing, librarianship and information science, and English literature, Leanne has spent over 2 decades in Australian Government agencies, working mostly as a reference librarian. In September 2019, she took on a role with Ethos CRS, content partner of the government Digital Transformation Agency, that led to her involvement on the Style manual project, first as a writer and then as managing editor.

Australian Style Guide

The Australian style guide is the Plain English Foundation’s definitive online resource on Australian style. It distils the best practice advice to address the most common style questions authors face every day and reflects contemporary Australian writing in print and digital environments. The ASG’s content, structure and navigation draw on the latest evidence on clear communication. This means writers and editors quickly get a clear answer to a specific question with an easy-to-use but comprehensive guide.

Greg Moriarty is the Foundation’s Product and Quality Manager. He has run specialist plain language workshops for thousands of professionals across government agencies, corporate law firms and banks. Greg is an international advocate for clear communication. He has presented at plain language conferences and plain legal language conferences. From 2014 to 2019, he served on the board of the Plain Language Association International. Greg is also a successful creative writer and has published 2 crime novels.

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