Writing for Government - including Ministerials and Briefing Notes
In this highly practical workshop, participants will gain insight to produce clear and effective writing for a range of purposes within Government.
Its focus is on function and form, and how quality documents can enhance the image and reputation of the agency you represent.
The program covers a range of document types, including emails and letters, ministerials, briefing notes and parliamentary questions.
Planning to get it right
- What is effective writing?
- Clarify expectations and standards
- Identify the purpose and outcomes
- Identify your audience and their needs
- Structure documents for impact and readability
- Plain English principles
Working with Government documents
- The fundamentals of writing for Government
- The essentials of form, format, templates and style
- Ministerial correspondence
- Briefing notes
- Parliamentary questions
Editing and proofreading
- Edit and proofread for:
- Sources of support and further information
- Personal action plan
- Write better government correspondence
- Review and assess sample government documents
- Apply the principles of effective written communication for a range of purposes and a variety of audiences
- Apply the structure and formatting requirements of government writing
- Write with clarity and impact
- Be clear, considered and concise with your message
- Write documents that are approved without undue redrafting
- Use editing and proofreading for effective quality control
This course requires no previous training or experience.
Participants are requested to bring samples of letters, memos or e-mails from their workplace to refer to during the course.