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Essentials for the government lawyer – Day 1 of 3
Canberra, 31 May 2016


Appearing in the Fair Work Commission
Canberra, 2 June 2016


GLG – Breaking up is hard to do – contract termination in government
Melbourne, 9 June 2016


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Express law 247 – Release from the ‘implied undertaking’ for the purpose of a criminal investigation (24 May 2016)


Express law 246 – The Governor-General has dissolved both Houses of Parliament. Caretaker conventions now apply. (9 May 2016)


Last week in Parliament Issue 43 – 2–5 May 2016


Public Interest Disclosure Act – order form for materials.


Graduate Program 2017

Link to Annual Report 2014-15

Link to Legal Opinions website

Link to AGS Alumni

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AGS is a group within the Attorney-General’s Department

AGS became part of the Attorney-General’s Department on 1 July 2015. It continues to operate as the pre-eminent provider of legal services to the Australian Government and its agencies and will have its own independent functional identity within the Department.


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AGS YouTube channel launched

On 18 February 2016, AGS launched its YouTube channel with a group of videos featuring lawyers talking about the hidden costs of leasing, managing disclosures under the PID Act and our pro bono program, one of our pro bono clients talking about our contribution to their business and featuring the video of AGS’s Laura John accepting her Graduate of the Year award from Sir Bob Geldof.

This is a new channel in our social media presence, which already includes Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow us to hear of job opportunities, forthcoming training and events, new publications and other updates.


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AGS’s Laura John is Graduate of the Year 2015

On Thursday 26 November 2015 at the National Press Club in Canberra, AGS’s Laura John was announced as the Graduate of the Year at the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand Leadership in Government Awards 2015. Sir Bob Geldof presented Laura with a Tiffany trophy and a $10,000 sabbatical to invest in leadership development.

Laura was selected for the AGS 2014 Graduate Program. However, she deferred her graduate role when she was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as the 2014 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Consequently, Laura joined AGS as a graduate in the 2015 Graduate Program and has continued working with young Australians, balancing her community service with work commitments and undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at ANU. Read more

2015 Australasian Law Awards Winner

AGS wins in ‘Equity market deal of the year’

AGS is delighted to announce that we won the 'Equity market deal of the year' category in the Australasian Law Awards 2015. The award, which covers a number of firms including AGS, is for their work on the Medibank Private IPO. AGS acted as the Commonwealth’s probity advisers on the transaction.

The awards were announced in Sydney on 21 May 2015 and were sponsored by Australasian Lawyer magazine. The list of finalists was determined after extensive research on the various projects.

Our legal team was led by Chief Counsel Commercial John Scala and Garth Cooke as deputy team leader. In commenting on the nomination, John said, 'This recognition from our peers is appreciated by the whole AGS team and reflects the hard work and dedication of the whole team.'