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Writing Briefs

Do you need to design, develop and deliver an effective briefing?


Would you deliver better results if you could recognise and present crucial information that withstood internal and external scrutiny?

Would your work benefit if you could understand the needs of decision-makers and how to manage those relationships by preparing quality and timely briefings?

Over two half-day sessions, you will be given the knowledge to use NSW government templates and examples to write effective and compelling briefs.

This hands-on workshop includes lots of opportunities to examine your own documents so you can define the purpose and order key ideas.

You’ll also learn techniques for recognising and correcting problems with your language and structure.

Effective communications skills were identified by the NSW public sector leaders as one of the Skills for Success. This course builds on the foundations developed in Skills for Success: Communicating with confidence.


You will leave this course with the skills to present sound evidence and clear arguments. You will also learn techniques to structure your briefs to fit on a single page.

You will complete several exercises to develop your understanding of presenting complex material and ideas in the simplest possible way.

You will finish this course knowing you can:

  • draft clear, effective briefs
  • apply effective planning techniques to brief writing
  • plan and scope briefs and proposals in line with the purpose and audience
  • effectively structure and organise content
  • identify and include relevant information
  • express complex technical ideas clearly
  • write clear recommendations.


NSW Public Sector Commission Capability Framework

Writing briefs is for people at the Foundational to Intermediate level and you will develop the following capabilities:

  • Relationships: Communicate Effectively
  • Relationships: Influence and negotiate
  • Results: Think and solve problems

Please note: All NSW Public Servants are automatically Affiliate members of IPAA NSW and entitled to Affiliate rates. To activate this, sign up here.

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Register now to secure your spot.

Terms and Conditions

Sponsor acknowledgement
This event is presented with support from our partners.
Tuesday, 14 May 2024 to
Wednesday, 15 May 2024
9:30AM - 12:30PM
Professional & Associate Members $845.00 Affiliate Members $950.00 Non Members $1065.00

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