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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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Public Sector Writing

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

Public sector professionals can be involved in writing about a vast range of subjects to equally diverse audiences – from responding to enquiries on behalf of the Minister, to a community interest group, an unemployed person, or to a committee and more.

This workshop provides a practical approach to the latest principles and pitfalls of public sector writing. You’ll develop the skills and confidence to clarify your objectives and think from your reader’s perspective – while following your department’s preferences around style and writing conventions.

What will you learn?

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

  • Tailor your message in terms of tone and readability to suit a specific audience

  • Plan for a clear and logical structure

  • Adapt your writing to suit your department’s style

  • Write strong recommendations

  • Use ‘signposting strategies’ to increase the clarity and impact of your writing

  • Proofread with confidence to ensure that your writing is aligned to your department’s preferences.

What should you expect?

IPAA Victoria’s Public sector writing course uses a combination of hands-on exercises, document reviews and critiques to help participants identify and adopt key tips and skills to finesse their public sector writing skills. As well as her regular courses at IPAA’s head office, Jeanette Learmont can develop and deliver in-house workshops tailored to the writing styles and requirements of specific government departments.

Who is the facilitator?

Jeanette Learmont is a highly regarded 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 engaging 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, proofreading and minute-taking. She is 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 - $819.00

Personal Members

  • Early Career - $655.00

  • Fellow - $491.00

  • Fellow (Retired) - $491.00

  • Retired - $655.00

  • Professional - $655.00

  • Student - $655.00

  • Reciprocal - $655.00

Staff of Organisation Members

  • Silver (S) - $655.00

  • Silver - $614.00

  • Gold - $573.00

  • Platinum - $491.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Check your organisation’s membership level here.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.

Contact us for more information.

Earlier Event: 12 February
Presenting with Confidence
Later Event: 14 February
Strategic Thinking