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Make your written information easier to understand for everyone.

  • Dorota is the Chief Executive of an Australian Government department. Dorota needs to grasp key information quickly for a parliamentary request. Dorota doesn't have time to read complex government documents, reports or policies.
  • Marlee lives in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara. Access to internet connection is limited. Like Dorota, Marlee just needs to grasp key information quickly. Marlee doesn't have time to read complex government documents, reports or policies.
  • Kala has a learning disability. Kala needs to be able to understand information about their university admission. People with learning disability need access to all types of information. Not just disability-specific information.
  • Areeb is not fluent in English. Easy read helps Areeb understand important information about a community event.
  • Kris has dyslexia. Kris finds the structure of easy read helps to process information.

What is easy read?

Information presented in easy read benefits everyone.

This is because information is made easier to understand by:

  • using plain-language
  • using short sentences
  • telling people exactly what they need to know.

For example:

  • The South Australian Government wrote this guide.
  • When you see the word ‘we’, it means the South Australian Government.

Pictures can also used to support the meaning of words.

For example:

The South Australian Government wrote this guide.

When you see the word ‘we’, it means the South Australian Government.

Broad benefits

Lots of people find easy read useful:

  • People are busy and need to understand information quickly.
  • Easy read helps people with learning disability understand information easily.
  • Easy read can also be helpful for:
    • people who are not familiar with English
    • people with dyslexia
    • people with low literacy.

Read about our journey and how we identified a need for an easy read policy guide.

Producing easy read materials

  1. Consider commissioning easy read versions of your publications from an expert organisation. We can help with this. Email us at onlineaccessibility@sa.gov.au.
  2. Thinking about developing your own? Start with the Australian Government's easy read guide.

Easy read examples

  1. Easy read guide to the South Australian Government Online Accessibility Policy
  2. Easy read guide to the South Australian Government Online Accessibility Policy (no images)
  3. Access to Work (GOV.UK)
  4. Official government Easy Read coronavirus/covid-19 resources (Information Access Group)

Learn more about the broad benefits

Watch World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) video on the importance of creating understandable content (54 seconds):

  • Transcript and translations: understandable content (W3C)

  • Page last updated: 24 September 2020