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Taken from Sydney Writers Centre Newsletter 8th November 2012
The chairman/chairwoman will give the speech.
If you’re using it this way in your writing, be very careful not to over-use it. In formal writing, it should be used sparingly.
The / can also be used to replace per, an or a in measurements such as speed or price. For example:
The speed limit is 100km/h.
You should never use the slash to replace a hyphen. For example, “the 2012/13 financial year” should be
written as “the 2012-13 financial year”.