Includes combined selected chapters:
CHAPTER 01: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 02: WRITING
CHAPTER 03: PRESENTING WORDS
CHAPTER 04: PUNCTUATION
CHAPTER 05: NUMBERS, LOCATIONS AND SYMBOLS
CHAPTER 10: CONVENTIONS OF CORRESPONDENCE
CHAPTER 11: MESSAGES
CHAPTER 12: AGENDA AND MINUTES OF MEETINGS
CHAPTER 13: ABRIDGED DOCUMENTS
CHAPTER 14: BRIEFS
CHAPTER 15: DEFENCE ESSAYS
CHAPTER 16: DEFENCE PAPERS
CHAPTER 17: VISIT AND POST–ACTIVITY REPORTS
CHAPTER 20: STAFF PROCESS
CHAPTER 21: WARNING ORDERS
CHAPTER 22: DIRECTIVES
CHAPTER 23: PLANS
CHAPTER 24: ORDERS AND INSTRUCTIONS
CHAPTER 25: ROUTINE ORDERS, INFORMATION CIRCULARS AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONS
CHAPTER 30: CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLICATIONS
CHAPTER 31: EDITING
Replaced/Superseded by document(s)
1.1 The Australian Defence Force Publication 102(ADFP102)—Defence Writing Standards
provides uniform conventions and standards for writing. These apply throughout the Defence
Organisation for the preparation and presentation of administrative and operational documents.
1.2 In replacing the Joint Service Publication(JSP)(AS)102—Service Writing, ADFP102
incorporates ADMINMAN1—Preparation of Correspondence and Committee Papers, and takes into
account relevant administrative material including extracts from departmental and Service publications.
The Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers, 5th edn1 (hereinafter referred to as the Style Manual)
and The Macquarie Dictionary, 3rd edn2 (hereinafter referred to as the Macquarie) were also considered
when defining Defence standards.
1.3 ADFP102 is the first point of reference when preparing material, or when creating electronic
and paper-based documents for promulgation and distribution within Defence. It provides detailed
information on writing and publishing, and presents examples of standard formats and designs to aid
both the writer and reader.
1.4 A team comprising Navy, Army and Air Force, members has prepared ADFP 102 in
conjunction with members of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre and the Defence Publishing
and Visual Communications (DPUBS)3 organisation has prepared ADFP 102.