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Briefing and responding to APS decision-makers, ministers, and parliament

Suitable for: APS 5 - EL 2

Pre-requisite: The first activity must be completed prior to attending this course. This will be emailed to participants two weeks out from the session.

Duration: Reading, activities and 1-day workshop
Venue: APS Learning Centre, Canberra
Price: $675.00 (excl. GST)
Registration: Visit APS Learn for scheduled dates and to enrol for this program
Contact: Coreskillsdevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au
*This program is also delivered 'in agency'. For more information regarding terms and conditions, please contact Coreskillsdevelopment [at] apsc.gov.au

Note: This program will benefit those charged with preparing briefs for government.

Program rating from recent participants:

  • 94% said the program was valuable in developing their capability.
  • 94% said it was worth their investment of time and effort.

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Program overview

This program takes an in-depth look at decision-making and covers the skills required to design, develop and deliver a briefing. Understand the development and role of question time briefs, ministerial talking points for media engagements, ministerial advisor briefings, hot issues briefings, ministerial submissions and second reading speeches. Experience 'real-life' briefing scenarios that simulate the high-pressure and stakes of a government briefing. Learn effective briefing techniques and workshop approaches that build relationships with senior APS decision-makers, ministers and advisers.

Participant benefits

  • Learn the needs of APS decision-makers, ministers and advisers and how to manage those relationships.
  • Recognise and present crucial information.
  • Create quality and timely briefs in the workplace.


  • Phase 1 - Learning guide with background reading and activities
  • Phase 2 - One day facilitated workshop
  • Phase 3 - Apply learning from Phase 1 and 2 in the workplace.