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IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses and special events that provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and network with your peers across the wider public sector.

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Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals

  • VHA Meeting room Level 6, 136 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)

The presentation of a compelling report or business case can be the difference between yesterday’s good idea and tomorrow’s funded project. Even the most experienced public servant can find the complexities of their work getting in the way of a well-written, well-constructed report. But this challenge can be made easier by identifying the key goals and insights of your proposal – and devising a clear narrative for revealing them to your audience.

At the heart of a ‘killer report’ is clarity of insight, which derives from meaningful purpose and clear analysis and solutions. This full-day workshop provides a practical framework for preparing a persuasive report, designed to suit the real-life needs of participants. Focusing on helping to make complex communication more straightforward, the methods you’ll learn can also be applied to writing clear and effective executive summaries and well-structured business presentations.

What will you learn?

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Effectively research and identify information to substantiate an argument or business case

  • Use a straightforward narrative structure for preparing and presenting a report or proposal

  • Present data and statistics in a relevant and comprehensible fashion

  • Describe your proposal in a clear manner that links directly to your organisation’s decision-making

  • Distil difficult information into a compelling and easy-to-understand narrative.

What should you expect?

This workshop provides practical tools and techniques for helping you collate, organise and present information in a coherent and compelling report for a desired audience. The learning includes a ‘run through’ of successful reports from real-life case studies – including executive summaries and business cases.

Who is the facilitator?

Mark Priadko is a highly regarded consultant and facilitator, with a deep knowledge of financial management gained from many years in executive roles in the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance. As well as receiving reports and submissions from agencies seeking funding, Mark’s work in Treasury also required him to provide regular reports and briefings containing advice for the Treasurer and different departments.

Over the past 15 years, Mark has worked with a range of clients across all levels of government, universities and not-for-profit organisations on various initiatives that have required him to prepare persuasive reports. His love of learning, deep understanding of financial decision making, and natural curiosity have given him a unique insight into what decision makers want – and what is needed to persuade them.


Non Members - $1,140.00

Personal Members

  • Early Career - $912.00

  • Fellow - $684.00

  • Fellow (Retired) - $684.00

  • Retired - $912.00

  • Professional - $912.00

  • Student - $912.00

  • Reciprocal - $912.00

Staff of Organisation Members

  • Silver (S) - $912.00

  • Silver - $855.00

  • Gold - $798.00

  • Platinum - $684.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Check your organisation’s membership level here.

Who Should Attend?

This new IPAA Victoria workshop is ideal for anyone in the public sector who is required to contribute to reports, submissions or proposals designed to help others make decisions. Participants who are in the process of drafting reports or business cases can also bring their drafts along to be dissected and discussed.

Contact us for more information.

Earlier Event: June 3
Managing Budgets and Financial Plans
Later Event: June 10
Write Right