• Planning the content, structure and style of a briefing
  • Understanding purpose, audience and context before you begin drafting
  • Using a checklist to choose relevant content
  • Prioritising information to create a logical structure
  • Getting to the point and using Plain English.


  • Gain a better understanding of what Ministers and senior decision makers require in briefings.
  • Gain the skills and tools to plan, draft and edit effective briefings that are clear and concise and meet the needs of your audiences.

Who Should Attend

Anyone required to deliver or proofread briefings for decision makers.

Benefits to You and Your Organisation

  • Increased efficiency in producing persuasive briefing documents
  • Produce higher quality professional documents in keeping with department expectations and guides.


*Please note: This is a highly interactive workshop. Webcams and microphones are required for participation in discussions. Please ensure you have access to Zoom Meetings by running a test session prior to the course.

Learn about our speakers

Kristen Barry

Managing Director
Fourth Pillar Communications

With 35 years’ professional experience, including more than a decade as an accredited trainer, Kristen Barry has facilitated courses for hundreds of managers and staff in government and not-for-profit organisations around Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Course participants regularly comment on Kristen’s engaging and inclusive style, and her ability to make concepts easy to learn.

Kristen’s career includes roles as a broadcast journalist, ministerial adviser and communications executive. Kristen holds a Master’s degree in Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and trainer qualifications.

Upcoming course availability


May 2024

Monday, 27 May 2024


June 2024

Tuesday, 04 June 2024


June 2024

Thursday, 13 June 2024


July 2024

Tuesday, 09 July 2024


July 2024

Wednesday, 17 July 2024


July 2024

Monday, 29 July 2024


1 half-day
9:00am-1:00pm (8:45am registration)

Competency framework
Entry Level Common (ASO1-ASO2)
First Line Manager Common/Core (ASO2-ASO5)

(this is provided as a guide only)

Workbook and resources

Online via Zoom

Personal Member $290
State Govt Employee Member $330
Corporate Member $340
Non-Member $365