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Professional Development

IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses and special events that provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and network with your peers across the wider public sector.

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Get to the Point

  • VHA Meeting room Level 6, 136 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)

We all know the importance of documents that ‘get to the point’. But how can we do this without wasting time on endless drafts?

This hands-on, half-day workshop uses conceptual frameworks for clear and concise professional writing, which will help you craft strong, targeted messages – and write effectively for specific audiences. It provides practical tips and memorable guidance for anyone involved in writing or producing reports, policy briefs, or other documents that need to convey their messages in a clear, structured and convincing fashion.

What will you learn?

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • recognise the thinking processes that precede writing

  • discover key distinctions about different audiences – and how these should impact your structural choices

  • gain useful techniques for writing documents for decision-makers

  • cut down the time you take to produce a first draft

  • write clearly and objectively, no matter how complicated or technical your content

  • learn the craft of ‘clever storytelling’

What should you expect?

Our Get to the point course includes practical writing exercises that allow you to put theory into practice, as well as small group work.

Who is the facilitator?

This workshop is presented by one of Victoria’s most acclaimed communication leaders, Jill Calder. As a Partner at SenateSHJ, Jill has developed and implemented strategic communication programs for major multinational companies, not-for-profit organisations, statutory authorities, and federal, state and local government departments. She has won Australian and international awards for her work, is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, an Honorary Fellow of Leadership Victoria, and a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program



  • Non-Member $808.00

  • Personal Member $646.40

  • Fellow $484.80


  • Bronze $646.40

  • Silver $606.00

  • Gold $565.60

  • Platinum $484.80

All prices are GST inclusive

Who Should Attend?

IPAA Victoria has teamed up with SenateSHJ in a course suited to any public sector employee who is required to produce reports, briefs or policy papers as part of their regular work. It is designed for anyone who wants to write with more clarity and direction – or wishes to break out of bad writing habits. The course is capped at 14 participants – so be quick if you want to join in!

Please call us on 03 9653 2000 for last minute places.

Contact us for more information.