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Understanding legislation
Canberra, 25 October 2017


Tough conversations about poor performance
Melbourne, 26 October 2017


Introduction to privacy
Canberra, 31 October 2017


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AGS magazine – Issue 2: 2017


Legal briefing 109 – Interacting with parliamentary committees (23 August 2017)


Commercial notes 40 – Termination of Commonwealth contracts (18 July 2017)


Express law 262 – Government releases response to Productivity Commission’s report on Australia’s intellectual property arrangements (11 September 2017)


Last week in Parliament Issue 64 – 11–14  September 2017


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Chris Behrens

Hyatt Hotel Canberra | Friday 17 November 2017 | 9 am – 5 pm

Every government lawyer and policy maker needs to be able to understand and work with our foundational document to effectively implement the Government’s policy and legislative agenda.

This forum will focus on practical issues commonly confronted by agencies in the context of delivering government outcomes. It will also include discussion of recent High Court decisions and bring attendees up to date on the important developments in constitutional law of the past 2 years. Read more


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Chris Behrens wins ACT Law Society Government Law Award 2017

On Friday 25 August 2017, Chris Behrens was presented with the Government Law Award of the ACT Law Society. As only the third recipient since the award’s establishment in 2015, Chris is recognised for his leadership, legal expertise and commitment to serving the Commonwealth, as well as his community involvement.

‘This is a tremendous accolade for Chris and a fitting recognition of his many achievements and contributions over a distinguished career,’ said the Australian Government Solicitor Michael Kingston. Read more


Law Council of Australia

Equitable briefing

AGS has recently adopted the Law Council of Australia’s National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy.

This policy aims to assist cultural change in the legal profession’s gender briefing practices and encourages the engagement of women barristers with relevant seniority and expertise, experience or interest in the relevant area. Read more


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Second issue of AGS magazine out now

The second issue of our Australian Government Solicitor magazine is out now.

For our second issue, we were delighted that High Court Justice Michelle Gordon’s agreed we could publish her talk from last year’s AGS Administrative Law Forum about ‘applying reason to Reasons’ – and it is a great primer on legal writing with clarity.

The legal centrepiece of the magazine is a selection of 5 articles on various aspects of property. We also include an AGS office roundup with a quick summary of the work of each office. But, into the mix is a new style of article, where we profile the work of other government lawyers. Read more


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Guy Aitken appointed as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel

AGS’s Chief General Counsel Guy Aitken has been appointed as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel.

Guy has established a reputation as an outstanding counsel and adviser to the Australian Government and is respected across the Commonwealth. His appointment as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel is appropriate recognition for his exceptional abilities and expertise in Commonwealth law. Read more