Writing for Government

Applied Innovation Centre

Event outline

There is nothing more universal than communication, and the power of good communication is the action it creates. Successful communication is measured not by what our message does to the reader, but what the reader does with our message. Writing for Government is an intensive one day program that develops vital communication competencies based on the written word. Participants will learn to use the most appropriate layout and writing styles for different types of documents and correspondence, and for different audiences. They will also learn the value of clear and concise writing and the pitfalls of ambiguous or jargon-ridden writing. Recommended for Managers, team leaders, project managers, supervisors, or anyone who needs to prepare letters, reports, briefing notes or information kits.


For the organisation

  • Staff who can communicate effectively through the written word;
  • An organisation where internal and external communication is clear and appropriate for the audience.

For individuals 

  • Heightened skills in the preparation of all forms of written communication;
  • Improved confidence that your written material is appropriate to the circumstances.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program participants will have:

  • Examined and understood the fundamentals of writing for Government;
  • Discovered techniques for easy and effective letter writing;
  • Practised writing plain English;
  • Analysed the characteristics of providing critical information with limited words for briefing notes;
  • Analysed common mistakes with grammar, punctuation and spelling; • Discovered how to structure reports for effective and easy reading;
  • Discovered the importance of style and tone and practised their use;
  • Reviewed email etiquette and guidelines; and • Investigated communication guidelines, protocols and procedures for internal correspondence, briefing notes, memorandums, reports and letters;
  • Practised techniques for effective proofreading.
  • Investigated communication protocols and procedures for Ministerial correspondence, briefing notes, memorandums, reports. and letters

Training Methodology

This is a highly interactive and practical program in which participants will:

  • Discover protocols and techniques that work successfully.
  • Draft a number of documents.
  • Analyse their own writing style.
  • Get feedback from other participants and the course leader.
  • Relate the above to their personal work situations.
  • Record their learning.
  • Participate in discussions.
  • An organisation where internal and external communication is clear and appropriate for the audience.

Course details:

Public courses Fees (including GST) $369 CUA groups of 4 or more receive a 10% discount.  GST, lunch, morning & afternoon teas included. Free on-site parking available.

In house courses also available. Fees (including GST) Half day $1,320 1 day $2,420. Tailored to your workplace and needs. Excludes costs for venue and refreshments.

Contact: (08) 9409 2998 or

Use the attached form or e-registration to reserve your place in this course.

Discover it, learn it, practise it, make it your own, then do it for real!

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Provider information

AIC provides training under CUATRA2012 in the categories of 'Working in Organisations' and 'Management'. Our programs are guided by four principles: Connection and application to work; Innovative approaches; High activity; Personalised learning.