Inclusive language

Use language that is culturally appropriate and respectful of the diversity of Australia’s peoples.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    Use culturally appropriate and respectful language when writing with, for or about First Nations Australians.

  • Age diversity

    Refer to age only if it is necessary. Use respectful language and consistent style if age is relevant.

  • Cultural and linguistic diversity

    Australians have different cultural backgrounds and speak many languages. Use inclusive language that respects this diversity.

  • Gender and sexual diversity

    Inclusive language conveys gender equality and is gender neutral. Respect peoples’ preferences around gender and sexual identity with pronoun choice, job titles and personal titles.

  • People with disability

    Disability does not define people. Use inclusive language that respects diversity.

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