1. Why is plain language important in your field/work?
I work for an organization that develops programs to help Victorians understand the law and their legal system. We use plain language to ensure that we are focusing on the audience and not getting caught up in the complexity of the law. This can involve lots of reworking to ensure that the information we present is both accurate and easy to understand.
2. What is your presentation focus, and what are some of the key points participants will learn?
I have two presentations. One of them is about what a Clearmark Award taught us. I wanted to share how the Award made us re-examine what we do. Instead of patting ourselves on the back, we said: 'Let’s see how we can do this better'. Ultimately it is about sharing our growth in the area of plain language over the past six years.
3. What advice do you have for someone new to plain language?
Jump in. That was what I was told when I first got interested. Being good in this area takes years. You need to be open and listen to how people receive your work. You won’t know everything on the first day, but as long as you listen to your audience you will do well.
Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation
Editor: Tanya Trusler