We use Australian spelling, which is often different to American or British. Some common examples are listed here, but if you are unsure check the Macquarie Dictionary.

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  • recognise
  • finalise
  • organise


  • recognize
  • finalize
  • organize
  • analyse
  • analyze
  • colour
  • labour
  • color
  • labor
  • centre
  • center
  • judgement
  • acknowledgement
  • judgment
  • acknowledgment

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TIP You may need to set the language in Microsoft Word to English (Australian) to stop it automatically changing your words to US spelling.

If you are referring to a specific organisation or publication, or using a direct quote, always use the original spelling.

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World Health Organization World Health Organisation