Plain English Writing for Government - a Refresher

All public servants write every day and every public servant can improve their writing, no matter their experience or role.

This course will show experienced writers how they can make writing quicker and easier - whether it's a brief, submission or report. It will also help you understand how plain English can be used to communicate your messages more effectively.

The course uses real examples of government writing from your business area and templates from your department.


  • 1/2 Day (9am - 12.30pm)

Who should attend?

  • Policy officers
  • Corporate services staff
  • Research officers
  • Program and project managers
  • Experienced government writers

Number of participants

  • Minimum 10 people, maximum 20 people

Course contents

  • Types of government writing
  • How plain English improves communication
  • The reader-focused writing approach
  • Planning your writing
  • Structure and style
  • Applying plain English to your role/documents
  • Tips for effective writing
  • Common errors and pitfalls


  • Post-course advice


  • From $200 per person (ex-GST)
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