Writing technical documents in plain English

Some of the most important government documents address technical issues or include technical information. This includes briefs, reports and submissions that cover topics as diverse as engineering, economics, statistics and science.

Presenting technical information in a way that a minister, senior executive or lay person can easily read and understand is a particular challenge.

This course will show you how to communicate technical concepts and data in a simple way, without losing their precision and meaning. It will also help you understand how plain English can be used to communicate technical 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?

  • Staff in technical disciplines, such as engineering, science, economics and statistics
  • Project and program management staff
  • Corporate services staff
  • Research officers

Number of participants

  • Minimum 10 people, maximum 15 people

Course contents

  • Why technical writing is special
  • How plain English improves communication
  • The reader-focused writing approach
  • Planning your writing
  • Structure and style
  • Writing different types of technical documents
  • Tips for effective writing
  • Common errors and pitfalls


  • Up to 1 hour per participant of personalised post-course advice


  • From $200 per person (ex-GST)
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