MasterCraft Series - Plain language: an essential for government

A Teams meeting conversation with Dr Amanda Laugesen, Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, about how plain language can help government achieve its goals.



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Amanda Laugesen Associate Professor at ANU & Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre

Amanda Laugesen is director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre and chief editor of The Australian National Dictionary: Australian words and their origins. The Centre also edits the range of Australian dictionaries for Oxford University Press. Amanda is a historian and lexicographer, and has published a number of books in Australian and US history, with her most recent book being Rooted: an Australian history of bad language (2020). She is also an expert advisor for the Australian Government Style Manual.



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Peter Lechlein, Principal Content Designer, Service NSW

Peter has over 20 years experience delivering communications and content strategy in government and the charity and corporate sectors. Peter was a product owner of the Australian Government Style Manual and was content manager for He currently leads the Digital Profession's content design and strategy community and is a principal content designer with Service NSW.

Participant Benefits

  • This masterclass will help you understand the value of plain language and how it can help you achieve your business goals.
  • You will learn how people engage with content and how plain language makes it easier for people to use government services.
  • Plain language is helpful for everyone, including time-poor senior executives and stakeholders. It helps get your message across clearly and quickly.

Suitable for

APS 1 – SES Band 3

Craft and User level

This workshop aligns with the Working in Government Craft at the Foundation level.


Free of charge.

One 2-hour session. 1:00pm - 3:00pm (AEDT)
Event type
Australia wide
$0 per attendee
60 seats