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IPEd standards for editing practice sets out the core standards that professional editors should meet.

IPEd Standards

The IPEd standards for editing practice tells employers what to expect from the editors they hire. It shows new editors the range of skills and knowledge they should aspire to. It helps IPEd, educational institutions and other training providers to devise material, seminars and courses on editing. And it is the foundation for IPEd’s accreditation scheme.

The Standards does not attempt to capture the full array of knowledge, skills, best practice, sequential tasks and responsibilities required by all editors on all projects in all settings. However, professional editors should meet certain core standards.

The term “standard” is used here to mean “anything taken by general consent as a basis of comparison; an approved model” (Macquarie dictionary). The Standards does not attempt to codify the quality of editors’ work – how well a particular task has been performed. Rather, it aims to set out the knowledge and skills needed for editing practice, those that experienced editors routinely use in their work.

The third edition of the Standards will be released in 2024. It will be available in multiple formats.

The second edition is available to download now.

IPEd Standards second edition single sheet version. [PDF 811KB]

History of the Standards

The first edition of the Standards, then known as Australian standards for editing practice, was devised by the Standards Working Group of the Council of Australian Societies of Editors (CASE). It was approved by the members of all Australian societies of editors and ratified by CASE in 2001.

CASE was an informal national body succeeded by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd), a not-for-profit company, in 2008. With the 7 societies of editors as its members, it was then the peak body for Australian editors. In 2016, the societies voted for IPEd to become a national direct-membership organisation with branches in each state, expanding to include the Aotearoa New Zealand branch in 2019.

Two working groups began work to update the Standards for a second edition. The first group was in 2005–06 and the second in 2010–11.

In late 2011, IPEd appointed a facilitator to consult with all Australian societies, through their committees and a series of workshops, similar to the process used for the first edition. Society-appointed coordinators worked with the facilitator to finalise the revision through national teleconferences and consultation with their workshop participants and society members. The resulting document was approved by members in 2012 and published in 2013.

For the third edition, IPEd sought submissions from members on changes to the Standards. It convened a new working party with representatives from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to review these submissions, meeting regularly throughout 2021 and 2022. During 2023, the draft third edition was reviewed by First Nations, Māori, accessibility, and diversity, equity and inclusion experts. It was then sent for final review by IPEd’s Board and committees before feedback from IPEd members and ratification by the IPEd Board.

History of Standards