Proofreading and editing services

Many documents and reports need proofreading or an editor’s critical eye, even if only for a final check of style, grammar, spelling, consistency and a little professional polish.

Others need a more extensive make-over, particularly if a number of authors have contributed different sections for a report. Each will have their own writing style, use of spelling (was that UK, US or Australian English you wanted? ), punctuation and formatting for headlines, tables and bulleted or numbered lists.

My role is to resolve issues of style and consistency with you, then deliver a document which reads smoothly, clearly and coherently from start to finish. As a former magazine editor and a working journalist today, I’m accustomed to the tight deadlines and fast turnarounds associated with tender documents and expressions of interest.

Recent proofreading and editing projects for clients include:

  • The 2015/16 annual report for The Sovereign Hill Museums Association
  • A lengthy report for the World Health Organisation, with urgent turnaround, in 2014.

  • Editing the 2013 and 2014 annual reports for Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.
  • The draft Economic Strategy for the City of Moonee Valley, in 2013.
  • A number of entries in the 2012 and 2013 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
  • A report to the Victorian Government by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • A 2013 summary of major arts strategy reports and plans for the Frankston City Council.
  • Two Expressions of Interest by a Melbourne property development group for major development projects.
  • A Business Information Document aimed to generate interest in investing in a complementary and alternative medicine opportunity.
  • A corporate profile for E K Project & Construction Management Pty Ltd.
  • The 2010 TAFE courses directory for the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.
  • An EOI for Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd.
  • The 2010 Open Space Water Management Plan, Port Phillip Council.
  • Two reports for the National Transport Commission in 2011.

I am a qualified trainer (Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training from RMIT University), and so am well-equipped to edit training material.

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Thank you so much for the great article in the SMH on Saturday. It really expressed what Shirlaws is about, so thank you for putting pen to paper so well. Everyone in the group thought it was great and we have already had a number of people contact us after reading the article.

Darren Shirlaw, Managing Partner, Shirlaws