The Department of Christmas Affairs (DCA) has announced special allowances for government writers – adding festivity to communications for the holiday season.
The Festive Communications Guidebook (FCG) is intended for December-holiday use only. The FCG covers:
holiday alternatives to common punctuation
holiday alternatives to the use of bold, italics and underline
holiday messaging and terminology to spread cheer, joy and goodwill
the use of secular symbols in government content.
Communications officers, media advisers and some content writers are permitted to use the FCG. UX writers and designers working on digital products should not use this guide.
Communications teams are encouraged to apply content governance to all FCG-crafted materials. It's important to remove FCG elements from all live content by 7 January 2024.
"The FCG reminds us what December is for – merrymaking. It lets us enjoy, and promote, the holiday season, even while working." — Yuliya Tyme, Special Communications Lead, Department of Christmas Affairs
"We understand the concern of UX and content designers – however, snowflakes lose contextual meaning when viewed on a health app in May." — Yuliya Tyme, Special Communications Lead, Department of Christmas Affairs
“We hope that our colleagues and the Australian public will be delighted when reading guidance material, fact sheets, work instructions and legal disclaimers this holiday season.” — Yuliya Tyme, Special Communications Lead, Department of Christmas Affairs
Image: The DCA's seasonal writing style guide for Government
From the guide
The Department of Christmas Affairs has shared snippets of the guide in advance of its publication.
For further media information, contact Yuliya Tyme, Special Communications Lead, Department of Christmas Affairs.
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