Writing for Government

ATI-Mirage Training and Business Solutions

Event outline


In this highly practical workshop, participants will gain the knowledge and skills required to produce clear, effective and relevant communications for a range of purposes and a variety of audiences within Government.

You will increase the effectiveness of your written communications through planning and tailoring content to suit the intended audience.


Planning to get it right

  • Defining effective writing
  • Identify the purpose and outcomes
  • Identify your audience and their needs
  • Structure documents for impact and readability

Write in plain English: key principles

  • Write in short sentences
  • Use everyday words
  • Construct paragraphs well
  • Avoid clichés
  • Use inclusive language
  • Use the active voice
  • Use an appropriate tone
  • Use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Be complete and accurate

Working with specific Government documents

  • Fundamentals of writing for Government
  • Briefing note structure
  • Approaches to Ministerial correspondence
  • Parliamentary questions

Editing and proofreading

  • Edit and proofread using the 3 B’s:
    • Be accurate
    • Be brief
    • Be clear

What’s next?

  • Personalised action plan for application of learning back at work

Learning outcomes

  • Write better government correspondence
  • Achieve results by selecting the right style and tone for the reader(s)
  • Apply the principles of effective written communication for a range of purposes and a variety of audiences
  • Write with clarity and meaning, avoiding an overly bureaucratic style
  • Maximise layout for impact
  • Apply the structure and formatting requirements of government writing
  • Write briefs and memos that are approved without undue redrafting
  • Be clear and concise with your message
  • Use editing and proofreading for effective quality control

This course requires no previous training or experience.

1 day

Dates & registration

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Provider information

We are committed to providing Government organisations and individuals with the tools they need to thrive. We are a proudly West-Australian owned company dedicated to keeping learning real. 100% quality guarantee with over 180,000 people trained.