Legal language and legislation

What has changed

Never quote directly from legislation when writing for the web.

Legal content should be written in plain English. Further details or direct links to legislation can be provided for technical users.

If you’re talking about a legal requirement, use ‘must’ or 'by law'.

If there is a need to include a legal term, you must also explain the term in plain English.

If it is necessary to use legal jargon, then consider whether it should be in a document with a plain English summary so users know what they're looking for.

Why has this change been made

NT.GOV.AU must present complicated information simply. Legal content can be written in plain English.

Last updated: 27 June 2017