IPAA Victoria

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

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Writing Briefs for Decision-makers

This half-day course provides you with the foundations to write concise briefs for ministers and senior executives.

“Anne has a lovely approach - inclusive, engaging and a very clear communicator.”
— 2018 program participant
90% of attendees would recommend Writing Briefs for Decision Makers to their colleagues.
— 2018 IPAA Victoria feedback surveys

What to expect…

This course will see you participate in small-group, analytical work based on live case studies. The facilitator will guide discussion, and encourage participant input to build your knowledge on brief writing and the impact it has on your daily work.

Why you should attend…

Using a unique framework that has been specifically developed for the public sector, this course will 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.

How this course applies to you… 

You’re going to use the skills that you learn in this course to bring a concise and clear style of writing to your briefs and memos. You will be able to review detailed and complex documents and collate the information required to create a logically structured document that meets the needs of ministers and executives.

 You will be able to use your words to take action.

Who should attend?

This course is on your to-do list if you:

  • write briefs for ministers or senior staff

  • are a policy advisor or communication officer

  • are involved with writing or contributing to formal briefs for decision-making, or;

  • write briefs or memos for decisions within the Not-For-Profit Sector.

When and where?

Attend one of the IPAA Victoria sessions below, or book a session for your team in-house.

Our facilitator is able to adapt the course content to suit specific audiences and brief writing needs.


IPAA Victoria’s Capability Framework for the Modern Public Purpose Workforce, derived from our consultations with the sector, reflects the diverse range of skills and capabilities that need to be present within public purpose teams.

Writing Briefs for Decision-Makers will help to develop your public purpose sector core skills in:


Writing Briefs for Decision-makers will build your capabilities in:

Facilitated by

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Anne McCaig

Anne McCaig is a strategic communications specialist and an accredited facilitator who has delivered hundreds of successful workshops to public sector audiences.

Over the past 20 years, she has worked for many agencies across the Victorian public service, in roles that have required clear writing about complex issues for decision-makers.

Anne began her career as a broadcast journalist in Melbourne, and has worked as a political correspondent for several ABC radio programs, including AM, PM and The World Today. She has also worked as an advisor to two Federal Cabinet ministers in Canberra.


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