For writers, editors and publishers of print and electronic text

Australian writers, editors and publishers have a wealth of resources at their fingertips when it comes to correct spelling, punctuation and word usage. With the ever-changing nature of language, I decided to make available a free online Australian Style Guide that is short and simple.

While I do not purport to be an expert grammarian, I do have many years of experience with proofreading and publishing. I have brought what I have learned from my employers' and clients' projects over the years into this one style guide. Some rules are not black and white and are merely recommended. There will often be grey areas or exceptions, but if you think I am simply mistaken, please feel free to contact me.

For a much more comprehensive style guide I'm happy to recommend the Australian government's Style Manual - The Commonwealth Style Guide.

Notes

  • The word ‘period’ and the words ‘full stop’ have the same meaning. For the purpose of this guide, I have chosen to use ‘full stop’.
  • The word ‘parentheses’ and the word ‘brackets’ have the same meaning. For the purpose of this guide I have chosen to use ‘brackets’.
  Abbreviations and Contractions
  Abbreviations in References
  Abstracts
  Alternative spelling (eg. American vs British English)
  Apostrophes
  Bible Verses
  Brackets
  Capitals
  Colons
  Commas
  Dashes
  Dates
  Ellipses
  Hyphenation
  Layout
  Misc
  Numbered Lists
  Numerals
  Quotations
  Reference Lists
  References
  Science: units of measurement, scientific names etc.
  Spelling (including when to capitalise, italicise and hyphenate certain words)
  Titles
  Word-usage

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