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Abbreviations, acronyms & symbols





Avoid abbreviations where possible. Full stops and other punctuation marks are not used in most abbreviations but are still preferred shortened Latin words:

  • ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA for the states/territories of Australia
  • Assoc Prof, not Ass Prof or Ass/Prof
  • Cwlth, not C'wlth
  • Dept, not Dep't
  • e.g. (in formal documents may be better spelt out as 'for example')
  • etc
  • Govt, not Gov't
  • HoS (the abbreviation is singular or plural depending on context)
  • i.e. (in formal documents may be better spelt out as 'that is')
  • NB
  • pp
  • Prof (no punctuation)
  • Pty Ltd
  • UK and USA.

Avoid contractions, e.g.: aren't, can't, couldn't, hasn't, don't, I'm, it's, there's and what's.

Plurals of abbreviations

Most are made plural by simply adding an 's' without an apostrophe:

  • FAQs not FAQ's
  • MPs not MP's.

Units of measurement do not have an 's' added:

  • kg not kgs
  • km not kms.

Also refer to academic qualifications, measurements and time of day.


Acronyms (a string of letters pronounced as a word e.g. NASA) can be used without explanation where the audience will understand their meaning. If the audience is unfamiliar with the acronym, spell it out, e.g.: Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) in the first reference and thereafter use the acronym.

Do not use full stops or spaces between initials in acronyms.

Commonly used UTAS acronyms include:

  • AARNet: Australian Academic Research Network
  • AAS: Admission Approval System
  • ACE-CRC: Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
  • AES: Aboriginal Employment Strategy
  • AMC: Australian Maritime College
  • AMS: Asset management Services
  • ATEM: Australian Tertiary Education Management Association 
  • CALT: Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching
  • CCC: Cradle Coast Campus
  • CODES: Centre for Ore Deposit Research
  • CRICOS: Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
  • CUD: Course & Unit Database
  • EAS: Enrolment Approval System
  • EDGE Agenda: Excellence, Distinctiveness, Growth & Engagement
  • EFTSU: Equivalent full-time student unit
  • EFTSL: Equivalent full-time student load
  • ELC: English Language Centre
  • ELICOS: English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
  • HECS: Higher Education Contribution Scheme
  • HERDC:  Higher Education Research Data Collection
  • ELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • ESOS Act: Education Services for Overseas Student Act
  • FMIS: Financial Management Information System
  • FTE: Full-time Equivalent
  • HoS: Head of School
  • HR: Human Resources
  • IASOS: Institute of Antarctic & Southern Ocean Studies
  • ITR: Information Technology Services
  • MRI: Menzies Research Institute
  • MBA: Master of Business Administration
  • NEAS: National ELT Accreditation Scheme
  • NESB: Non-English-speaking background
  • SET: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • SLIMS: Student Lifecycle Information Management Services
  • TAFE: Technical and Further Education
  • TAFI: Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute
  • TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • TIA: Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • TILES: Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies
  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TUU: Tasmania University Union
  • USRS: Unified Student Record System
  • UTAS: University of Tasmania
  • WARP: Web Access Research Portal.

Symbols (such as @, &, +)

Avoid using symbols (such as @ for 'at') unless they're a recognised part of a trademark, title or email address.

As a general rule, do not use ampersands (&) in body text. Using ampersands in headings and menus on the UTAS website is acceptable.

Avoid using the plus sign (+) unless the symbol is a typographical element.