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Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Develop the skills to write clear and concise briefs for complex public policy issues

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

IPAA Victoria’s Writing Briefs for Decision Makers course explains the questions leaders typically ask when they make decisions and provides you with tips to organise and distill your analysis.

Decision makers rely on us to make sense of complex public policy issues and give them the confidence to act. Writing clear and concise briefs is therefore an essential skill for all levels of the public purpose sector.

Course overview

You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of Writing Briefs for Decision Makers through:

  • small-group, analytical work based on live case studies.
  • building your knowledge on brief writing and the impact it has on your daily work.
  • bringing a concise and clear style of writing to your briefs and memos
  •  reviewing detailed and complex documents and collate the information required to create a logically structured document.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • learn unique framework that has been specifically developed for the public sector
  • tackle public value, authority and capability to show you how to cut through complex details, capture the right content, and
  • present briefs to Ministers or senior staff in a transparent and easy-to-understand manner
  • use your words to take action.

Course audience

 The ideal course participant is a professional who:

  • writes briefs for ministers or senior staff
  • is a policy advisor or communication officer
  • is involved with writing or contributing to formal briefs for decision-making
  • writes briefs for decisions within the not-for-profit Sector.

Kris was engaging from the outset and throughout the course. The mixture of group work and break out groups kept me engaged and the provided resources will be something I use for a long time. I feel as though I am more confident in my writing abilities after attending this workshop.

Course participant, Department of Justice

I have learnt an enormous amount which I can practically apply in my current role, as well as later roles to come

Course participant, Victoria Police


Kristen Barry

Kristen Barry

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Register for an upcoming session

Date & Time

Thursday 18 July 2024
9:30 am – 1:00 pm


Date & Time

Thursday 22 August 2024
9:30 am – 1:00 pm


Date & Time

Wednesday 23 October 2024
9:30 am – 1:00 pm


Date & Time

Thursday 21 November 2024
9:30 am – 1:00 pm




Staff of Organisation Members

  • Platinum member: $695
  • Gold member: $811
  • Silver member: $869
  • Silver (small) member: $927

Personal Members

  • Professional member: $811
  • Concession member: $811
  • Fellow: $811

Non member: $1158

(Inc GST)

Check your organisation’s membership level here.

Learn more about professional development vouchers here.

Please refer to our new booking terms and conditions.

In-house Sessions

This program can be delivered in an in-house professional development workshop to your organisation.

Have any questions regarding Writing Briefs for Decision Makers? Contact the IPAA Victoria team today.