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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:

  • We have a policy for making technology accessible.
  • Everyone who works in the South Australian Government needs to use our policy.
  • Our policy was approved on 16 May 2019.

Pictures can also used to support the meaning of words.

For example:

We have a policy for making technology accessible.

Everyone who works in the South Australian Government needs to use our policy.

Our policy was approved on 16 May 2019.

Steps to take

  1. Follow the Australian Government's easy read guide.
  2. If you're considering commissioning easy read versions of your publications from an expert organisation. We can help with this. Email us at onlineaccessibility@sa.gov.au.
  3. Watch the video about easy read from Mencap.
Page last updated: 24 September 2020