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Plain Language Bill

Public submissions are now being called for the Plain Language

The Bill would improve the effectiveness and accountability of the public service by requiring communications to be clear and accessible to the public.  

It would set out requirements for public service agencies and Crown entities that all relevant documents produced use plain language.

"Plain language" would be defined in the Bill as language that is clear, concise, well-organised, follows recognised plain language guidelines, and can be easily understood on first reading.

The Bill would also allow for the establishment of plain language officers for each reporting agency and require that relevant agencies report to the Public Service Commissioner about how they are implementing the requirements in the bill.

Follow the link to read the Bill:

Plain Language Bill 70-1 (2021), Members Bill Contents – New Zealand Legislation

Please submit your response to by Wednesday 23 March 2022

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