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Skills for Success: Writing for government

Learn how to draft clear purposeful professional government documents.

Writing for government now has an emphasis on clarity and accessibility for readers in a digital environment. In this presentation, Helen Portillo-Castro will guide you through a plain language approach so you can produce documents that are clear, inclusive, accessible and findable.

Is this event for you?

Would your work benefit if you were better able to draft written communications?

Our Skills for Success series helps you develop the foundational skills you need to succeed in your public sector career.

This series gives you the tools to thrive in our changing working environment. Designed in collaboration with your public sector leaders, our six-part series covers topics that help you do your job more successfully and knowledge to support you to manage better in your responsibilities.

IPAA’s Skills for Success webinar series is delivered for free as part of our Cluster partnership arrangements.

What will you gain?

Each one-hour workshop builds your understanding of a critical capability and gives you tips and tricks to apply your new learning to your workplace.

Our Writing for government session explores the fundamentals of writing for government – writing briefs, ministerials, and writing in plain English. You will take away tools and techniques which you can apply immediately to make your writing clearer and more concise.

At this interactive session, you’ll be able to ask your questions and learn how you can develop your writing for government skills even further.

Facilitated by:
Helen Portillo-Castro – Ethos CRS

Helen is an expert in writing style and digital content. She was supervising editor for the Australian Government Style Manual, steering it online in 2020.

Helen Portillo-Castro - Full bio

Helen Portillo-Castro is driven by 3 passions: language, learning and dealing with people. She brings these passions to her work as a facilitator at Ethos CRS.

Helen is an expert in writing style and digital content. She was supervising editor for the Australian Government Style Manual, steering it online in 2020.

Her research has informed federal members of Parliament, former prime ministers and parliamentary inquiries.

How to register

Please use this registration page to register for the session: Skills for Success: The caretaker conventions and other pre-election practices.

If you are interested in the entire Skills for Success Series 2, please register using the package page here.

If you are a NSW public sector employee, click here to become an Affiliate member free of charge.

Event Details 


 10:00AM – 11:00AM (AEST/AEDT)


 Wednesday 7 June 2023


 Virtual event via Microsoft Teams


 Affiliate / Pro Members: Free
 Non-members: $99

Be at your best, for NSW. 
Register now to secure your spot

Sponsor acknowledgement
This event is presented with support from our partners.
Wednesday, 07 June 2023
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Professional & Affiliate Members $0, Non Member $99

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