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How to undertake a code of conduct investigation workshop
Melbourne, 26–27 August 2014


Amend records under FOI and Privacy
Canberra, 1 September 2014


Essentials for the government lawyer
Canberra, 9–11 September 2014


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Public Interest Disclosure Act – order form for materials.


Read an interview with Geetha Nair, AGS's National Manager Pro Bono Services from the May 2014 edition of Brief, the newsletter of the Law Society of Western Australia.


Express Law 221Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd v Marmara (8 August 2014)


Express Law 220 – First decision on termination of employment for 'loss of an essential qualification' – Defence defends requirement to maintain a security clearance (28 July 2014)


Last week in Parliament Issue 8 – 14–18 July 2014


Link to Annual Report 2012-13

Link to Legal Opinions website

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Clare DerixAre you conflicted? How to identify and manage conflicts of interest – Clare Derix, Senior Lawyer in AGS Commercial.


Geetha NairUpdate on AGS's pro bono program – Geetha Nair, National Manager of AGS Pro Bono Services.


Olivia AbbottNew governance and accountability rules for Cth entities – Olivia Abbott, Counsel at AGS.


Link to AGS Alumni

Link to AGS Winter Clerkships

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AGS working on Western Sydney Airport

The Australian Government has appointed Ernst & Young to provide Business Adviser services for the Western Sydney Airport Project. On 7 August 2014, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Ernst & Young will join already appointed legal advisers Clayton Utz and the Australian Government Solicitor working on the project.

'The project is about developing the infrastructure for the 21st century and creating new economic opportunities for the region,' Mr Truss said.


Glenn Owbridge PSM

Glenn Owbridge PSM

For outstanding public service through Commonwealth legal work and in contributing to the advancement of competition and consumer law, particularly as lead solicitor in the Air Cargo series of litigation matters, Glenn Owbridge was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Glenn has worked tirelessly in the public interest throughout his 30 years' distinguished career, conducting the most complex competition and consumer law litigation, to ensure the Commonwealth's case is put at its best in litigation, and that the legislative goals of promoting competition and protecting consumers are enforced and upheld. Read more



Introducing the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act

The PGPA Act and Rules will commence on 1 July 2014. AGS is presenting a series of training events designed to give staff of CAC Act and FMA Act agencies some practical, easy-to-digest help in transitioning from the existing Act to the new system – with a deeper focus on the elements of the new system relevant to the entry of contracts and other agreements and the spending of money.

See this flyer for the introductory sessions for officials of non-corporate Commonwealth entities (generally existing FMA Act agencies).

See the flyer for the introductory sessions for officials of corporate Commonwealth entities (former CAC Act agencies).

See the flyer describing a special offer for in-house training sessions on the new duties for directors of CAC Act Authorities.


Last week in Parliament

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We would like to introduce you to a new product, AGS's Last week in Parliament, which is produced following each Parliamentary sitting week. It summarises key events in the Commonwealth Parliament in the previous week and includes links to the most significant documents.

If you would like to subscribe to this new newsletter, please send an email with the words 'Subscribe Parliament' in the 'Subject' line.


Legal Opinions Trove

AGS Legal Opinions is a new collection in Trove

Since Federation, Attorneys-General, Solicitors-General and lawyers within the Attorney's-General Department have released opinions on points of law, of which selected opinions from 1901 to 1945 have previously been made available in hard-copy publications, and are now available online through the AGS Legal Opinions website.

The Trove team from the National Library of Australia has been working with AGS to bring records for these opinions into Trove, and they can now be found in the 'Journals, articles and data sets' zone. There are just over 1,750 opinions on a variety of topics with 150 by our first Attorney-General, Alfred Deakin.