Plain English Awards: Third time’s a charm for Govt.nz

Our Govt.nz team were thrilled to win ‘Best Plain English Website’ at the 2015 WriteMark Plain English Awards held in Wellington last night. This is the third year in a row we have made it to the finals of these awards but the first time we get to take a nice shiny trophy home.

It takes a huge amount of effort to make information about government services easy to read and understand, so for the team to win this award — which is the premier industry benchmark for high standards in plain English – is very gratifying.

We are also working on other ways to make the information on Govt.nz easier to understand. We’re looking at how we can use Easy Read — a technique for presenting information as images combined with text. We’ll be testing whether it helps people with low literacy, older people and people with English as a second language.

We’re still focussed on accessibility for people with disabilities (see the blog post, Accessibility and Govt.nz — time to pause and reflect, for our thoughts on this topic) and improving standards across government.

Well done to the team and keep up the awesome work.

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