Legal language and legislation

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.

Linking to legislation for everyday users

If you need to refer to legislation, link to the NT Legislation Database or appropriate source as follows:

     ✔ It is against the law to do this in your workplace or when using goods, services and facilities. Read the law.
     X  It is against the law to do this in certain areas of life, such as your workplace, and when accessing goods, services and facilities. Go to the Anti-Discrimination Act to read more.

If you're talking about a legal requirement for users, write ‘must’:

     ✔ All people in the NT must make a report to the intake team or police if they believe a child under 18 has suffered harm.
     X Under the Care and Protection of Children Act, all people in the NT are required to report to the Department of Children and Families Central Intake Team or the police if they believe a child under 18 has suffered harm.

If 'must' doesn't have enough emphasis, use:

  • by law
  • legally entitled
  • legally responsible
  • legal requirement.

Linking to legislation for technical users

If a technical user may need to reference legislation you can link directly to the full name of the Act or regulations.

*         ✔ Aboriginal land is any area given back to Traditional Owners under the Aboriginal Land Act.

Last updated: 17 October 2017