Writing comprehensive reports

Writing comprehensive reports



In-house Enquiry


This course is only available for in-house delivery. For more information please contact the Learning team on 02 8066 1900 or email [email protected] for a quote.

Course Overview


This workshop will help participants who have to prepare longer, more complex reports than the shorter ones more frequently used in the public sector. These reports are often made public.

The course will look at modern trends in reports and will give participants choices in how to structure their reports appropriately for the kind of report they are preparing and the audience for whom it is intended. They will practise writing executive summaries. They will look at the language to use and the ways to present their findings and details in an engaging way.

It will use real and current examples.

Participants will be asked-to bring along a report they are working on so they can apply the principles in the course to their own report writing.

Learning Outcomes


  • become familiar with current trends in report writing in NSW
  • ability to structure a report in a way appropriate for the audience and the purpose
  • ability to prepare a timetable of work for the preparation of the report
  • ability to write an appropriate executive summary
  • have robust strategies to edit the report
  • apply the learning to your own report.

NSW Public Sector Framework Capabilities


This course is targeted at Intermediate to Adept level. The following behaviours from the framework are covered:

Relationships: Communicate effectively

  • Focus on key points and speak in ‘Plain English
  • Clearly explain and present ideas and arguments
  • Prepare written material that is well structured and easy to follow by the intended audience
  • Communicate routine technical information clearly
  • Tailor communication to the audience
  • Clearly explain complex concepts and arguments to individuals and groups
  • Write fluently in a range of styles and formats


Enquiries: For more information on our learning programs, please contact the IPAA NSW Learning Team on 02 8066 1900 or email [email protected].