Training and professional development

The Style Manual team does not run training. Australian Public Service employees can access training through the Australian Public Service Academy (APS Academy). People working in Australian, state or local government can join the Digital Profession to connect with others.

APS Academy training

The APS Academy provides training in writing and editing for Australian Public Service employees. This training is based on the content in the Style Manual.

The APS Academy is responsible for developing APS Craft – the essential skills that public servants need in order to deliver good policy and services.

Writing is one of the fundamental skills required of APS employees. The APS Academy offers writing skills workshops for those seeking to:

  • be more effective at their current level
  • transition to a new role or level.

Essential writing for APS 1–4 levels highlights the relationship between plain language and accessibility and readability. It also covers active voice, punctuation and types of lists.

Essential writing for APS 5–6 levels suits all APS and executive level staff who write analytically. It focuses on how to outline an evidence‑based argument and recommend a course of action.

Essential writing for executive levels is suitable for staff who:

  • manage or coordinate writing tasks with others’ input
  • transfer into a role demanding higher-level writing skills.

The APS Academy also provides training in:

For more information visit the APS Academy website and search for ‘writing’ on the Courses page.

Digital Profession

Content writers, content creators and content designers are digital professionals. If you work with government content, the Digital Profession is a great way to connect with others in the field.

Digital Profession members can join communities specific to their skills and interests, collaborate with others and attend training and events.

Membership is open to anyone working in Australian, state or local government. Find out more about joining the Digital Profession.

About this page

This page was updated Monday 9 October 2023.

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