Style Manual

The Style Manual provides detailed advice about editing, production and writing.

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What the Style Manual does 

The Style Manual is a book that gives guidance and recommendations for writing and designing content for publication.

We’re working on the next edition with agencies across government to make sure it meets the needs of its users. A governance board supports this work.

We’ve completed a discovery phase (research), and the alpha phase (prototyping) started in 2018.

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Where to get the Style Manual

The most recent version of the Style Manual is the 6th edition, published in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, Australia. It’s available only as a paperback — it’s not available as an e-book or in other digital formats.

You can buy it at bookshops and online booksellers. You’ll also find it at some libraries. 

Booksellers who want to sell the book should get in touch with John Wiley & Sons, Australia.

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More information

The Commonwealth Government Printing Office first published the Style Manual in 1966. We took responsibility for it in December 2016.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions you can get in touch with us at ​stylemanual@digital.gov.au