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')
- 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')
- 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.
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.
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.