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Matthew Skoien


My name is Matthew Skoien. I am a professional editor and writer, and owner of Perfect Documents.

I have more than 20 years' senior executive experience working in a range of government departments at Commonwealth and state levels, in policy, program and corporate roles.

I have extensive experience writing and editing submissions, reports and other publications for a diverse range of customers: Cabinet, Ministers, department heads, internal staff, external stakeholders and the public.

My government experience includes:
  • Executive Director, Corporate and Client Services in the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (QLD)
  • Executive Director, Office of Climate Change, Department of Environment and Resource Management (QLD)
  • Director, Executive Services in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (QLD)
  • Director, Corporate and Executive Services in the Department of Communities (QLD)
  • Senior policy and program analyst, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Senior strategy, intelligence and international policy roles in the Department of Defence
My roles have included responsibility for communications teams in several departments, as well as extensive experience in policy-writing, governance, machinery-of-Government change management and disaster management. Written products of mine include a wide variety of policy briefs, reports on departmental reviews, Cabinet submissions, Annual Reports, Service Delivery Statements, strategic plans and public policy statements.

My interest in plain English writing extends back to the beginning of my career. Since I established Perfect Documents in 2015, I have trained hundreds of government staff from a wide range of departments, and edited many significant government documents.

Perfect Documents 2015