Course Content
Reviewing existing policies
1.1 Identify existing policies in the organisation 1.2 Analyse existing policies according to organisational procedures 1.3 Evaluate improvement needs and opportunities 1.4 Consult with relevant stakeholders and confirm need for new policy development
Establish the need for policy development
2.1 Identify internal and external factors likely to cause changes to organisation policy 2.2 Consult with relevant stakeholders and document impacts of factors identified 2.3 Analyse need for new policy against internal and external environment and existing policies 2.4 Identify and recommend to relevant stakeholders priority areas for policy development according to organisational procedures 2.5 Identify and analyse associated issues and risks likely to impact policy development 2.6 Implement risk management processes
Prepare for and develop policy
3.1 Identify type of information required to develop policy 3.2 Outline policy requirements according to organisational procedures 3.3 Develop an analytical framework for the development of policy 3.4 Source, analyse and apply relevant information to support policy development according to organisational policies and procedures 3.5 Develop, consult with and recommend to relevant stakeholders a range of policy options and assessment criteria 3.6 Obtain approvals from stakeholders according to the policy development plan and organisational policies and procedures 3.7 Draft policy according to consultations, feedback and organisational policies and procedures 3.8 Facilitate agreement to policy via organisational channels and relevant stakeholders
Release and review policy development processes and policy
4.1 Communicate with relevant stakeholders responsible for implementing new policy 4.2 Facilitate discussion and manage dissenting stakeholders 4.3 Release and promote the policy according to organisational requirements 4.4 Seek feedback and respond to relevant stakeholders for future improvements for policy development
BSBSTR503 Develop organisational policy
About Lesson

Organisational policies are quasi-legal documents. This means that they still carry some legal weight or significance. Policies can, and often do, end up being referred to in legal battles around employment, fraud, and even criminal activities. So the wording used in policy writing must be clear, concise, unambiguous, and factual.

But you should avoid writing policies in legalese. This is the overly complex and formal structure used by lawyers when drafting documents in an effort to minimise ambiguity. Without the required understanding, this can be more confusing than just using plain English.

For example, instead of simply stating “the parties agree,” legalese might say, “the parties hereto mutually agree and covenant as follows.”

As policies need to be read, understood, and applied by the average employee, it’s crucial that they’re written in such a way that most people would understand the content and intent of the policy.

Take a moment now to read about the use of simple and plain English in your learner guide. After reviewing the examples, reflect on the wording used in the sample policy shared earlier and ask yourself whether it meets the criteria above.