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APS policy makers and their external collaborators can engage with WHH in many different ways. The value we can add is proportional to the depth of that engagement.

Sometimes we advise about communications strategy, project planning and content development process as well as editorial and publishing business issues.

We can be involved in consultations and negotiations and work side-by-side: task forces have moved into our office, used our IT system and worked alongside WHH staff and associates contributing to their policy venture.

At the other end of the spectrum, we’ve provided editorial advice on a succession of manuscripts across a multi-year policy development cycle with only occasional face-to-face and telephone contact with the APS team who’s consulting stakeholders, drafting legislation and supporting implementation. That works because our our team will do research, ask questions and accrue depth of background knowledge over time.

To get the best out of us, we need to know about the people involved, their strategic drivers, and how they are managing parliamentary and stakeholder processes.

That understanding allows helps us to clarify the language and imagery employed to convey policy ideas.

We bring three main things that our repeat clients value.

  • We know a lot about structuring and quality assuring substantive content online and in print.
  • We are experts in the business processes involved in publishing, and can provide reliable, pragmatic advice on any aspect from initial concept through to going live.
  • We don’t presume to know as much in any policy area as our client subject matter experts. But our breadth of experience and outsider’s perspective can be useful.

Here is a selection of items that shows the extent of our experience.

  • Empowered Communities: Empowered Peoples design report, 2015
  • Ongoing editorial support for guidance material and other publications related to advancing the public management reform agenda, since 2010
  • The Forrest Review: Creating Parity, 2014
  • Sharpening the focus: a framework for improving Commonwealth performance, the position paper of the Commonwealth Financial Accountability Review, 2012
  • Energy White Paper, 2012
  • Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution, report of the expert panel, 2012
  • Final Report of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government, 2011 
  • National Energy Security Assessment, 2011
  • Mental health in the Australian Defence Force: 2010 ADF Mental Health and Wellbeing Study, 2011
  • Capability through mental fitness—2011 Australian Defence Force Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, 2011
  • Book Industry Strategy Group Final Report to Government, 2011
  • Skills for Prosperity, 2011
  • The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change, 2011
  • Report of the Task Group on Energy Efficiency, 2010
  • Australia’s Fifth National Communication on Climate Change: A Report under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2010
  • the report of the Harmer Pension Review, 2009
  • the report of the Maternity Services Review, 2009
  • White Paper on Homelessness, 2008
  • National Housing Supply Council State of Supply Report, 2008
  • draft and final reports of the Garnaut Climate Change Review, 2008
  • the Bracks Review of Australia’s Automotive Industry, 2008
  • the Green Review of the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries, 2008
  • the Mortimer Review of Export Policies and Programs, 2008
  • the Report of the Task Group on Emissions Trading, 2007.