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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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Grammar and Punctuation

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

Although basic English grammar is often considered a simple skill, poor spelling and punctuation can mean the difference between a memorable document and a long-lasting embarrassment.

In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

What will you learn?

This course aims to provide advice and strategies to help you craft eloquent written communications – from structuring sentences and paragraph breaks, to choosing the right words and putting all your apostrophes in the right places.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the rules and conventions of modern English grammar and punctuation

  • Understand sentence structure and write sentences of appropriate length

  • Identify grammatical errors which result in confusion and loss of credibility

  • Apply the principles of plain English and write in the active voice

  • Identify common spelling errors, problem pronouns, and other communication ‘gremlins’

  • Know the correct use of apostrophes, capital letters, commas and semi-colons, hyphens, abbreviations and more.

What should you expect?

This highly interactive, hands-on course involves a range of group tasks, document reviews, personal critiques, and takeaway tips and guidelines. As well as regular courses at the IPAA offices, Jeanette can develop and deliver in-house workshops that are tailored to the writing styles and requirements of specific government teams.

Who is the facilitator?

Jeanette Learmont is a renowned communications consultant and presenter, who has established a national reputation with her dynamic classes in contemporary writing. Over the past 15 years, she has delivered her uniquely memorable workshops to hundreds of public and private sector employees across Australia and internationally.

Jeanette has developed a wide range of writing skills programs, covering government, academic and technical writing, as well as specialist courses on grammar, punctuation and professional minute-taking. She is the co-author of a book on effective business writing, as well as a contributing author to a national technical writing post-graduate course.


Non Members - $773.00

Personal Members

  • Early Career - $619.00

  • Fellow - $464.00

  • Fellow (Retired) - $464.00

  • Retired - $619.00

  • Professional - $619.00

  • Student - $619.00

  • Reciprocal - $619.00

Staff of Organisation Members

  • Silver (Small) - $619.00

  • Silver - $580.00

  • Gold - $541.00

  • Platinum - $464.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Check your organisation’s membership level here.

Who Should Attend?

One of IPAA Victoria’s most popular and long-running courses, this unique half-day workshop is designed for anyone in the public sector whose work involves writing or reviewing internal or external documents. Hosted by experienced wordsmith Jeanette Learmont, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to write with confidence and produce polished and authoritative documents that will enhance the image of your department.

Contact us for more information.

Earlier Event: 19 July
Write Right
Later Event: 31 July
Reviewing and Proofreading