Working effectively with Ministers and senior decision-makers

Working effectively with Ministers and senior decision-makers 

This practical and interactive session will cover key concepts for effective working relationships with Ministers and senior decision-makers. It will cover an overview of the machinery of Government and how it is relevant to accountabilities and responsibilities, as well as a range of techniques for assisting Ministers and senior officials to meet their responsibilities. You will also learn how to implement various skills needed to effectively brief and write for Ministers and senior officers in order to understand and exceed their expectations. 


  • When: 9.30am-12 noon, Thursday 21 January 2021. In consideration of other attendees, we seek your cooperation in arriving on time.
  • Where: T2 theatre space on L2, Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, ANU, Canberra City
  • Members will earn 3 CPD units in Core Area 2
  • Cost (incl GST): $180 members, $240 non-member (CLC rate not available) 
  • Registrations close 17 January 2021

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

Definitions: 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

The Law Society is enforcing social distancing and spacing measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.

Many of our upcoming CPD sessions will now be available either online or in-person and some have the offer of live streaming. Each CPD event advertised on our website will provide details about the online options available in that session. 

If sessions offer recordings, when you register, please let us know if you'd prefer to watch the CPD online (either live, or at a later date). If you choose the live-stream option you can still interact, ask questions, and be a meaningful participant at the seminar.

For more information about online CPD, please contact Carissa on




Member rate $180.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member rate $240.00(GST incl.) Register



James Fletcher, Managing Director, Alta Pete Consulting 

James is Managing Director of Alta Pete Consulting. ‘Alta Pete’ means ‘Aim High’. Alta Pete is all about empowering professionals to reach their highest potential through training, facilitation and executive coaching services.

He is a Level 3 credentialed Executive and Organisational Coach; accredited mediator and trainer as well as being an accredited practitioner in the use of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI); High Performance Trait Indicator (HPTI); and Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI).

James is a former Senior Executive Service-level Government lawyer, managing a branch of some 30 lawyers and leading work on significant legislative projects like the NDIS, problem gambling reforms and Stronger Futures in the NT.

James' specialties include: career coaching, adaptive leadership, leading in a VUCA environment, leading change, and building productive and healthy workplace cultures.

James is also an avid bush walker, karate practitioner and kayaker.

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