The Policy Playbook – how to navigate policy advocacy wisely and well

Policy Writing Webinar (3)

Join STA & ATSE policy experts for an informative webinar on effective policy advocacy

This session will provide you the guiding principles of policy advocacy, helping you to understand the playbook from start to finish and inspire policy change.

Driving policy change can appear to be a daunting task. How can you communicate all of the necessary information? How can you make sure policy makers will hear what you have to say, and act on it?

In this webinar, policy experts from Science & Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering will take you through the tools for effective policy advocacy, from writing impactful submissions to identifying opportunities for advocacy and effective advocating for change.

This webinar will help you to better focus your policy efforts and supply you with tools to immediately improve your advocacy. You’ll also be able to:

• Identify opportunities for policy change
• Prepare clear and concise policy submissions
• Identify and canvass key stakeholders needed for change, and
• Develop a strategy to get your policy changes implemented.

Meet your Presenters:

Alix Ziebell is Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). A former public servant and policy consultant, Alix has an insider’s understanding of how to influence the policy process. Alix has written policy and legislation for both state and federal governments, and shepherded a number of contentious policies through Parliament and COAG, including a national review of student visa processes, the response to greyhound live baiting, and Victoria’s fracking ban.

Peter Derbyshire is the Policy and Projects Manager at Science & Technology Australia. He has a background in zoology and more specifically reptile cardiac function before entering the policy world. From 2015-17 he worked in the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations first as the Policy and Research Advisor then as the National President. During this time Peter worked on improving engagement between industry and research students, changes to the handling of sexual harassment issues on campus, and a university focus on the mental health of research students. While at Science & Technology Australia Peter now manages and advocates for policy change on behalf of its 84 member organisations.


Duration: 60 mins via Zoom*

Cost: STA Members / ATSE Fellows $50.00 (+ GST) and $80 (+ GST) Non-Members

*Should you be unable to attend live we can send you a recording following the webinar.