The Australian Style GuideTM

The Australian Style GuideTM (ASG) is the Plain English Foundation’s definitive online resource on Australian style for writers and editors.  

The ASG is clear, comprehensive and easy to use. And it’s free. It’s the ideal style reference for:

  • professionals writing at work
  • communication specialists
  • students and academics.

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What the ASG covers

Plain English Foundation has developed the Australian Style GuideTM to reflect Australian writing practice in both print and digital environments. It’s equally apt for the government, corporate and university sectors.

Our user friendly ASG has 120 major entries under 7 categories:  

  • Plain English
  • Language
  • People and places
  • Numbering
  • Punctuation
  • Formatting
  • Referencing.

This gives you quick answers to common style questions. The major entries then break down into hundreds of sub-entries that explore each topic further for those wanting more.

Whether you’re looking for how to structure documents, format numbers or punctuate your content, the ASG has you covered.

Why use the ASG

The Australian Style GuideTM reflects the expert knowledge of our editors who’ve been helping organisations to develop style and writing guides for over 20 years.

Our advice is evidence based, drawing from the latest research in clear communication. We review this regularly, keeping you up to date with the latest style practices.

ASG offers clear and practical advice with just enough explanation to understand a style rule, how it has evolved and why it might have changed.

Above all, the ASG is easy to use. Using it regularly will help your writing to be:

  • clear and readable
  • consistent and error-free
  • in line with Australian standards.

How to use the ASG

The Australian Style GuideTM is free and accessible through any browser. Simply register at

You can browse the guide or look for the answers to your style question through the:

  1. category menu
  2. direct search
  3. A-Z function.

No longer will you need to page through a cumbersome PDF or a heavy paper tome. Just save or bookmark the ASG link on your browser to find what you need on the spot.

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 What ASG users say


The ASG is so easy to navigate and the guidance is always clear.

Such a useful reference tool with clear, succinct and relevant information.


An intuitive guide with more than 1 way to find what you are looking for.

The short explanations and examples are really helpful.


The ASG advice is comprehensive.

This is an excellent resource and I can see how well it will work for organisations.

Easy to use

All it took was 3 clicks to find what I wanted.

I like the A-Z list at the top. It's so easy to find the topic I'm looking for.

The ASG in the news

A definitive reference for the digital age
Media release | 2020

Bureaucrats get duelling style guides
Article | The Australian Financial Review | 2020