Professional Writing for Government

This course will provide you with information that will help you to understand the different requirements of writing in a government context. It will also provide you with useful tools to help you to write in this new way.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

* Understand how decisions are made in government (and how they should be made);

* Identify the types of information needed to support government decisions;

* Practice how to structure your writing to elicit an informed decision;

* Demonstrate how to write clearly and concisely;

* Understand how to improve the quality of your drafts.



There are no prerequisite skills and knowledge that students need to take this course.  Students need to be currently enrolled at the University of Queensland to take this course. Login to EdEx Edge for more information. (EdEX course number is HASS0168M_7000_00001)


Course Staff

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Prudence Brown

This module has been designed by Dr Prudence Brown, an expert in the field of writing for government. Dr Brown draws on more than 20 years of experience working for governments in the Northern Territory, Canberra and Queensland. She has worked at local, state and federal government levels, in a range of agencies. She has even worked in a Minister's office, assessing the work of other public servants. Most of her roles were as a policy advisor in a central agency, and mostly at the executive level. As a result, she has written and vetted countless briefs, Cabinet submissions, submissions to inquiries and reports. More recently she has been teaching public policy related topics at the University of Queensland, as well as how to write for government to public servants in Papua New Guinea.