• Role of the proofreader.
  • Role of the editor.
  • Use of style guides.
  • Practical application of editing and proofreading skills to documents.
  • Copyright and defamation issues.
  • Tone and consistency in language.


  • Identify and correct common errors in grammar, typography, and expression.
  • Edit your own and others’ documents.
  • Understand the importance of style guides and how to apply them.
  • Use clear, concise and grammatically correct language.
  • Check documents thoroughly before distribution.

Who Should Attend

  • Communications and marketing staff, project officers or policy staff responsible for writing documents.
  • Staff responsible for the output of documents to defined audiences.
  • Employees at all levels who proofread draft material and need to ensure accuracy.

Benefits to You and Your Organisation

More efficient production of routine written documents with less editing as well as improving your editing and proofreading skills.

Learn about our speakers

Dr Nigel Starck

Specialist Lecturer
Writes of Passage

Dr Nigel Starck is the Institute of Public Administration’s specialist lecturer in editing and proofreading. A former newspaper editor, he is an author of biographies and histories, and for the past 10 years has been director of UniSA’s communication programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Starck holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a PhD in English Literature from Flinders University.

Way, way back (pre-wifi and even pre-fax), he was press secretary to a Premier of South Australia. Media releases in those days were composed on golf-ball typewriters and corrected with liquid paper. But the need for clear, accurate information and communication has remained unchanged over the years – and the acknowledgment of that demand is why we’re conducting this course today.

Upcoming course availability

In person

February 2021

Monday, 15 February 2021

In person

March 2021

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

In person

June 2021

Friday, 04 June 2021


1 full day
9:00am-4:30pm (8:45am registration)

Contact us for alternate duration and delivery style options

Competency framework
Entry Level Common (ASO1-ASO2)
Front Line Manager Common (ASO3-ASO5)

Workbook and Resources, lunch and refreshments

IPAA SA Level 6, 12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
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Personal Member $515
State Government Employee Member $550
Corporate Member $560
Non-Member $645

  • “A pleasure to attend such an informative course with such a skilled, articulate, friendly, professional and engaging presenter. It surpassed my expectations.”


    Department for Environment & Water

  • “I proof read every day so this course has really helped me sharpen my proof reading skills.”



  • “Brilliant presenter - engaging, dynamic and fun. No judgement and really pulled everyone into participating in a safe environment.”


  • “Nigel was very engaging and entertaining, while keeping on track with the course aims. He was able to draw the whole class in and get everyone involved, always asking for examples/issues from the participants, and providing/responding with his high level of skill, knowledge and guidance.”


    Department for Environment & Water

  • “Already I have noticed that I have a greater attention to detail. It feels like you go through mind training almost.”


    SA Health

  • “Should be offered to all communications staff in agencies - I would highly recommend this course to my colleagues.”


    Department for Environment & Water

  • “The moment I got back to work I told my colleagues about how amazing this course was and the presenter.”


    Dept for Education