Awards that recognise and promote clear communication.

About the awards

The Clear Communication Awards are the first and only awards in Australia to recognise and promote excellence in clear communication.

The awards acknowledge digital and print examples of work that combines excellence in design, communication principles, and plain language to make it as easy as possible for the user to find the information they need.

The awards were established by three Melbourne professionals with a keen interest in promoting and advocating for clear communication in Australia: Carolyn Alexander, Joh Kirby and Carol Mackay.

Why is clear communication important?

Because to fully participate in society you need to understand the messages coming to you from the government, councils, the tax office, banks, health funds… the list is endless.

Whether it’s terms and conditions that help you understand what you’re signing up for, a guide to a government service or a poster explaining what to do in a bushfire, being able to understand a message on first reading is not only important — sometimes it’s lifesaving.

Why we created the awards
We established the Clear Communication Awards because we wanted to:
1

Encourage

everyone to provide clear, well-designed information that is easily understood on the first reading.
2

Advocate

on behalf of those in our community that may find information difficult to access and understand.
3

Promote

the intrinsic value of words and images. How they combine to deliver true clear communication.
4

Provide opportunities

to increase knowledge about how communication can be improved.
5

Encourage

and highlight excellent examples of clear communication.
6

Discourage

poor communication to encourage positive change.

Timeline

  • 26 June 2019: Awards open
  • 31 July 2019: Awards close
  • 28 August 2019: Finalists announced
  • 25 September 2019: Award winners announced

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