Introduction to government

Ethos CRS's Introduction to government workshop helps your organisation work better with government by building a thorough understanding of how government works. The workshop provides an overview of the Australian federal and state parliaments, the executive and the public service.

Workshops are adapted to your organisation. They can be designed for departments within either the state or federal public service, for non-government organisations, the private sector, or indeed for anyone who deals with government.

Workshop summary


After attending Introduction to government, participants will be better able to:

  • work more effectively in/with government
  • understand the roles of the executive, the parliament and the public service
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of public servants – and understand what this means for them in their dealings with ministers, advisers and external groups
  • understand what accountability in government means and how it is practised.

Target audience

  • Relatively junior officers or officers who are new to the organisation or government


  • Face to face, half- or one-day workshop
  • Alternatively, this workshop can be delivered as 2 3-hour virtual sessions

Pre-workshop preparation

  • All participants will read selected articles before attending the workshop.

Post-workshop resources and support

  • All participants receive a set of customised workshops materials – workbook, manual and resources.
  • All participants complete a post-workshop action plan that will assist them to put learned techniques into practices.
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