As a content writer it is important that capitalisation is used correctly. This is especially important when working with government clients and adhering to style guides.

The word capital comes from the Latin word capitula and was used to describe the first word of a chapter in Old English manuscripts.

While in some cases capitalisation is straightforward—always begin a sentence with a capital letter, and use capitals for proper nouns and proper names—in others it can cause confusion, particularly when referring to terms associated with government. Following is a summary of when and when not to use capitalisation in relation to government:

Government – when applied as a formal title it should be capitalised, but appears in lowercase elsewhere, i.e.:A variety of pencils sharpened until they hardly have any grip, If you look closely where the lead tip should be has been replaced with a small letter of the alphabet, organised from A through to Z.
• The Australian Government is mandated to…
• The government declared…
• The Australian and Japanese governments…
• The New South Wales Government…
• The governments of the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria agreed to…

Parliament – as with government, parliament is lower case except when used as part of a full formal title, i.e.:
• Parliament House in Canberra…
• Concerns regarding the Bill were raised in the Victorian Parliament
• …talks continued in parliament…

Commonwealth – when referring to Commonwealth in regards to the Commonwealth of Australia it always appears capitalised. When used in lower case commonwealth has other meanings, so to avoid confusion always use a capital.

Federal – as an adjective it is capitalised only when used as part of an official title, i.e.:
• The Federal Court handed down…
• The federal government policy…
• …the health portfolio will become a federal responsibility…

Other words requiring capitals:
• the Budget
• the Cabinet
• the Treasury
• Regulation(s)
• Bill(s)
• Act(s)

If in doubt always capitalise as part of a formal, full name and use in lower case in abbreviations.

Remember: sentences, proper nouns and proper names should all be capitalised.

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