Writing Ministerial Correspondence

Writing Ministerial Correspondence
Tuesday 1 September 2020 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Via Zoom interactive virtual workshop

Online registration will close at 5pm 21/08/2020, if you would like to register after this date please contact: learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au


Professional & Associate Members $675
Affiliate Members $775
Non Members $875

If you are a NSW public sector employee, then you are eligible for Affiliate membership free of charge. Click here to join.

This course is also available for in-house delivery. For more information please contact the Learning team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au for a quote.

Course Overview


This course gives a strong framework to assist learners to prepare Ministerial correspondence. The focus is a reply letter to the government. Frequently, these replies involve responding to a complaint or to a request where the Minister is declining the request. Participants will learn to plan and write a reply in a modern and customer-focused manner. Writing Ministerial briefs is also covered.

Learning Outcomes


  • Write the reply quickly and accurately
  • Know what to put in and what to leave out of the reply
  • Write a brief to go with the letter when necessary
  • Keep the reply and the brief to about a page each
  • Write the reply in plain English and with appropriate empathy.

ZOOM Virtual Classroom

Our virtual classroom consists of a facilitator teaching the class to students who are dialled in remotely to the class session. Presentation slides and other digital files can be presented during the training session using the Zoom platform and the student may either focus on these resources or the facilitator. 


To enable connection, you will require the following set-up:

- Sufficient internet connection – Zoom is successful on a 4G network. Any network better than 4G will enhance the student’s experience;
- A PC with a web-camera, microphone and the capacity to run the Zoom application to allow the facilitator to better interact with students in the same manner as a traditional classroom; and
- Sufficient sized monitor or screen to support the number of students in the room.


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NSW Public Sector Framework Capabilities


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

Relationships: Communicate effectively

  • Tailor communication to the audience.
  • Clearly explain complex concepts and arguments to individuals and groups.
  • Translate technical and complex information concisely for diverse audiences.
  • Adjust style and approach to optimise outcomes.
  • Write fluently and persuasively in a range of styles and formats.

Course Facilitator

Dennise Harris




Dennise Harris was a senior administrator and has extensive writing experience in many contexts in the public sector. She worked as a speech writer in a public sector organisation for several years. Dennise has been an Inspector of Schools and has lectured in English at Macquarie University. She has also held teaching and management positions. Dennise delivers IPAA NSW writing courses and has trained many hundreds of NSW public sector employees in how to write letters, briefing notes, reports and a wide range of other documents that public sector employees have to write.

Course Materials


All course materials (including the workbooks) will be made available through our digital learning space, Illuminate. Your Illuminate access details will be provided 7 days prior to the course date.

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Enquiries: For more information on our learning programs, please contact the IPAA NSW Learning Team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au.
When
1/09/2020 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where
Zoom NSW AUSTRALIA
 

Terms and Conditions
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  • Cancellation received less than 6 business days prior to the start date – 100% of the fee is payable
  • No show – 100% of the fee is payable
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