New Zealand requires plain language in government communications

A new bill requiring administrators to communicate with the public in plain language.

Jargon is a type of language, a set of terms used by a group of people in a particular profession and not understood by others. But overdoing it can lead to misunderstandings or alienation. It’s easy to communicate more effectively by using plain language in everything from everyday communication to official documents.

This is the aim of the new Plain Language Bill currently before the New Zealand Parliament. He argues that the right to receive comprehensible information from government agencies is a fundamental component of democracy.

The New Zealand government is trying to get bureaucrats to use plain, understandable language when communicating with the public with a new law.

according to the annual report Guardianthe controversial bill passed second reading last month after a colorful parliamentary debate, but still faces a final vote before becoming law.

According to the Plain Language Bill, the purpose of the bill is to “improve the efficiency and accountability of public service by requiring that communications be clear and accessible to the public.”

The salient features of the bill are:

Requirements for the use of plain language in documents

Requirements for the appointment of plain language officers

A reporting framework for how agencies comply with plain language requirements

Provision of plain language guidance by the Public Service Commissioner.

Several countries, notably the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, saw the beginnings of plain language movements in the 1970s.

These movements, however old, fought for straightforward and understandable language in government documents.

Plain language not only means language that the general public can understand, but it also helps to solve problems related to life, because simplified medical information can solve important problems.