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Plain English standard and checklist

Follow our standard and checklist to help you produce a clear, concise, and well-presented document that meets the needs of your audience.

Plain English Standard for Statistics NZ

'Big picture' elements

1. The purpose of the document is clear at the start.

2. The content supports the purpose of the document.

3. The structure of the content is clear and logical to the reader.

Language elements

4. The paragraphs are short and focus on one topic.

5. The sentences are mostly short and straightforward.

6. The words are precise, familiar, and appropriate for the reader.

7. The tone is reader-friendly and professional.

Presentation elements

8. The layout helps the reader absorb the messages quickly and easily.

9. The document is error-free.

10. The document complies with Statistics NZ’s Style manual.

Checklist

Check your writing against the standard by using our checklist – available as a PDF.

Download the standard and checklist (PDF, 238kB).

Published 23 December 2015

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