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Get the best spelling for Microsoft Office on Windows and macOS at Fixes thousands of issues Australians have with the provided spellchecker.

The preferred Australian English Spelling
dictionary for Apple macOS
Maverick, Yosemite and El Capitan.

Works with native macOS applications
such as Safari, Pages, Mail, Notes, etc.,
as well as Google Chrome and Microsoft Outlook.

Apple computers come with a built-in Australian English dictionary. However many people end up not being happy with Apple's Australian English dictionary, as it contains words which many don't consider to be the primary Australian English spelling. The problem is not unique to Apple and affects many programs which originate from  overseas.

The preferred Australian English spelling dictionary has been built from the ground up over a number of years. Words are checked against the leading authoritative dictionaries used in Australia and further checked against actual usage in Australia. By beginning from scratch it has been possible to build a quality dictionary and not include the rubbish that may exist in an existing list of words previously created.

NOTE: The preferred Australian English Spelling dictionary is a work in progress. Whilst it is sufficient to meet the needs of many people there is still work to go. Should you find omissions or even disagree with a particular word, you are welcome to submit words for review and inclusion or removal.

This is the preferred Australian English spelling dictionary built for Australians by an Australian.

The following are the type of problems found in the current Australian dictionary provided with Apple macOS.

  1. Words such as "apologise" and "apologize" are both shown as correct by the spellchecker, which can lead to inconsistent spelling in a document.
  2. Many people consider the "ize" spelling to be American. I've heard on a number of occasions students' work being marked incorrect by academics who consider the "ize" spelling to be American but do not realise in Australia it is an accepted but secondary spelling.
  3. You'll find a number of words which are spelt using American English such as "mom".
  4. Words such as "focussed" and "focused" are both valid spelling variations.
  5. When people have been tested on which is the preferred spelling on a list of words, very few people are able to identify more than 70% correctly. Most people score much less even though they believe they are 100% correct.

The preferred Australian English Spelling dictionary made available on this page provides a solution to these problems and provides you the easiest way to use the preferred Australian English spelling on Apple macOS computers.


The file and instructions provided are copyright with all rights reserved. No redistribution is permitted. The file and instructions are not to be used for any other purpose. The file you receive is only licensed to you personally for your use and is not to be used by anyone else. If you have a second computer you can install the file on that computer as long as you are the sole user on both computers. A second licence is required if there is more than one person using the computers.

 I ask people to be fair and respect the considerable amount of time and effort I've put in since 2003, creating the preferred Australian spelling resources for Australians.

Companies wishing to use the file on more than one computer should purchase a copy for each computer. If a large number of computers are to be covered, please contact me to arrange for purchasing a licence for each computer.


The price of the preferred Australian English Spelling dictionary is $14.95.

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NOTE: At this time the file is only available for purchase within Australia.

Purchase instructions

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On receipt of your purchase details I will personally send you an email with installation instructions and the preferred Australian English Spelling dictionary file.
Please note: Due to the low cost of the file it is not possible to include free support. Should you require assistance with the file, paid support is available on request.



The preferred Australian English Spelling dictionary file is not guaranteed to be error free or on fact suitable for any purpose. You use the file at your own risk and take full responsibility for your actions.

I hope you find the the preferred Australian Spelling dictionary file useful.

A JustLocal friend.


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