• Understanding what is public policy, and the range of forms it can take
  • Gain a familiarity of the range of different policy documents, such as briefing notes and cabinet submissions
  • Identify when a policy document can be useful, and how they can be developed
  • Understand the principles of clear writing
  • Gain a familiarity of the conventions and style of writing for the public sector
  • Using case studies and practical exercises develop your policy writing skills


  • Understand a broad range of different policy documents
  • Gain an introduction to the principles and ideas that shape good policy writing
  • Understand the features of a good policy document
  • Have a practical experience of writing policy

Who Should Attend

This course is pitched those new to the public sector, and those new to roles which requires policy writing. This course is aimed for staff seeking to understand or develop their policy writing skills.

Benefits to You and Your Organisation

  • Help you produce more effective policy documents
  • How to write documents for a range of different audiences
  • Help improve the quality of policy outputs from your organisation or agency


Please bring along a laptop or smart device to the session. You will be required to do some typing exercises in the session. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us on

Learn about our speakers

Dr Rob Manwaring

Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Government and Law
Flinders University

Dr Rob Manwaring is a senior lecturer in the College of Business, Law and Government. Rob's background is in public policy, and worked for the UK's Commission for Racial Equality as a senior policy adviser, and also for the South Australian Council of Social Services. Since completing his PhD at Flinders in 2010, he teaches a range of policy and politics topics, and researches into the areas of centre-left political parties, democratic politics, and public policy. Most recently, his edited collection (with Paul Kennedy from the University of Bath) 'Why the Left Loses' (Policy Press) examined the electoral fortunes of the family of centre-left political parties and the ongoing crisis of social democracy.

Tim O’Loughlin

Lecturer, College of Business, Government and Law
Flinders University

Tim's professional life started as a political staffer, culminating in his appointment as chief-of-staff to Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs. This was followed by 15 years in commercial roles in the petroleum sector. He then worked for another 15 years in four different roles in the South Australian Government public service. The last two of these roles were as CEO of the Department of Transport and Urban Development and as Commissioner for Renewable Energy. Tim has been teaching in university public policy schools for the past 12 years.

Upcoming course availability

In person

September 2024

Monday, 16 September 2024


1 half-day
9:30am - 12:30pm (9:15am registration)

Workbook, morning tea and refreshments

12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
(room location to be advised closer to date)
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Personal Member $355
State Govt Employee Member $390
Corporate Member $405
Non-Member $440

This course is also available in-agency. Please contact us for further information