How do you get in the door to see a busy government minister? What do you say when you do? Perhaps more importantly, what don’t you say?
These were some of the questions answered at the Whole of Government Strategy training sessions rolled out in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne throughout February.
More than 80 senior staff from across the University attended these workshops, which were designed to prompt staff to think about engaging with government and to provide tips and tricks to guide those interactions.
The team in Government, Policy and Strategy put together the half-day workshops, supported by video contributions from the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and President and the Provost and media advice from Marketing and External Relations.
The workshops included tips on:
how to interact with government effectively
writing for government
using the media to influence policy.
Director of Government, Policy and Strategy, Mr Ashley Midalia, was joined at each session by a panel of former political advisers and government relations experts, including former advisers to Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and other senior ministers. Panel members shared their insights on life in ministerial offices and government departments and provided useful tips on how to influence policy and decision making at the national, state and local level.
For those who were unable to attend a session or would like a quick recap of the tips and tricks, the training videos and materials have been made available on the Government, Policy and Strategy sharepoint site.
The team in Government, Policy and Strategy is always available to assist staff who are looking to interact with government. Feel free to contact Manager, Government Relations, Dr Amanda Walsh, or Director of Government, Policy and Strategy, Mr Ashley Midalia, for more information.