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The mandatory font is the Gills Sans family. (Also known as Gill Sans MT)

Headings and sub-headings should be Gills Sans regular, bold, italic or light.

Body copy should be Gills Sans light.

It is recognised that this font is not always accessible. In the absence of Gills Sans, the substitute font is Arial. A mix of Gills Sans and Arial in the one document is to be avoided – if it is available, only Gills Sans must be used.

Web font is to be Verdana.

Examples of acceptable fonts


In all Government communications material, the minimum type size should be 10pt. Only disclaimers, footnotes and some stationery text should be a smaller type size.

If a document is being professionally set – by a professional designer or external agency – the font may by smaller. However, issues of legibility must be considered.

The following measurements are recommended for professionally set documents:

  • Newsprint advertising: Body type size minimum 7.8pt with 8.8pt – 9.3pt leading.
  • Long documents: (i.e. reports) minimum body type size 8.5pt with 10pt leading.


The heading, including font size, style and placement, is flexible.

Approval to use a different font in a heading or promotional material must be sought from Director, Communications Policy (DPAC), following advice from the Agency Communications Manager.

Examples of main headings and sub-headings