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Publications include documents such as reports, manuals, government submissions etc and encompass those intended for publication internal to an agency and within Government, as well as external publications.

Note: The pictured examples show one way to apply the mandatory and flexible elements. See the example gallery for more examples of publications that have been developed across Government.

Front cover

All four mandatory elements – the logo, basewave, Gills Sans font and colours from the palette – must be applied to the front cover of publications.

Page borders are not permitted on the front or back cover.

Any graphic devices or promotional logos must appear above the basewave in the design.

Example of front cover

Internal pages/ body copy

The only mandatory requirements for the inside pages are the colour palette and Gill Sans font. The logo and basewave are not required on the inside pages of a publication.

See font Size and Typography for specific font requirements.


Example of internal pages

Back cover

There are no mandatory requirements for the back cover of a publication. Page borders are not permitted on the front or back cover.

The previously mandatory full and 1/5 back covers are now optional.

Example of a back cover
Example of an optional back cover template

Publication information

All Government publications must include the following bibliographic information:

  • Author –the name of the department, NOT the name/s of individual
  • Source – the unit/branch/division producing the publication
  • Contact details such as postal address, phone, email and website address
  • Date of publications – month and year
  • Volume/issue number if the publication is part of a series
  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or International Standard Series Number (ISSN) where applicable. Contact the State Library to request a number.
  • Acknowledgement of copyright: Copyright State of Tasmania (year of first publication).

This information is generally placed in the inside front cover of a publication but can be relocated depending on the layout of the document.

See Guidelines for Government Publications for more information on these and other publication requirements.

Example of publication information