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.
19 October 2016 – Hotel Realm, Canberra
This year’s forum is all about leaning in – keeping the wheels turning when everything seems too hard. We are going to look at familiar people management and industrial problems presenting in new guises, novel issues presenting in unexpected quarters, and a few risk mitigation strategies to keep you thinking about different ways to lean in to a problem and find a way through. Commissioner Cribb of the Fair Work Commission will be joining us to discuss the New Approaches program, which assists parties to develop new ways of bargaining and resolving conflict through the use of interest-based approaches.
This forum has been designed specifically for public sector human resource managers and their legal advisers. Read more
AGS wins 2016 Defence Reserve Employer Support Awards
On Thursday 28 July 2016 at the Anzac Hall of the Australian War Memorial, AGS was announced as winner in the hotly contested Government category (with 41 nominations from 17 agencies) of the Defence Reserves Support Council (ACT and SE NSW) 2016 Employer Support Awards.
Along with the other employers, AGS was also recognised with a Certificate of Recognition as a ‘Supportive employer’. The citation reads: ‘Presented to the Australian Government Solicitor in recognition of your continued support to the Australian Defence Reserves. Reservists are an essential part of our Defence Force. They rely on the support of the community at large and their employers in particular, to succeed in their role. This certificate is issued in recognition of your support for your Reservist employees.’ Read more
Last AGS annual report wins an ARA Bronze Award
AGS’s final annual report, for the year 2014–15, won a Bronze Award in the 2016 Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) presented at Sydney last night, Wednesday 8 June. The awards are open to all organisations that produce an annual report, either commercial, not-for-profit or government.
‘This Award is terrific recognition of the combined skills and talent of our annual reporting team,’ said Liz Lajos, National Manager AGS Client Services. Read more
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.
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
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.'