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Administrative law
Canberra, 26–27 May 2015


Introduction to Privacy
Canberra, 2 June 2015


FOI key exemptions and decision-making
Perth, 8 June 2015


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Express law 231 – Parliament passes the Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2015 (21 May 2015)


Legal briefing 105 – Indemnities in Commonwealth contracting (12 May 2015)


Last week in Parliament Issue 23 – 12–14 May 2015


Public Interest Disclosure Act – order form for materials.


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Richard HardingManaging disclosures under the PID Act – Richard Harding, Special Counsel Dispute Resolution.


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.


Link to Annual Report 2013-14

Link to Legal Opinions website

Link to AGS Alumni

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AGS to consolidate within the Attorney-General’s Department

The Government has decided that AGS will be consolidated within the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) and no longer operate as a government business enterprise. AGD and AGS are working closely with a view to the consolidation occurring on 1 July 2015.

This decision will not impact on the service AGS provides to its clients. AGS will continue to have its own independent functional identity within AGD. The expertise and experience of our lawyers will continue to be available to serve you with the professionalism you have come to expect.

We value your continued support in this interim period and will be continuing to operate without changes to our personnel or service delivery.

Ian Govey AM, Chief Executive Officer


Equity market deal of the year winner 2015

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.'


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Civil Regulators Forum 2015
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 June 2015, 9 am – 4.30 pm

This forum will provide civil regulators with high-level legal and practical insights into the most recent and important aspects of their work. Keynote speakers will be the Hon Justice Lindsay Foster of the Federal Court and the Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC.

A particular focus this year will be the fundamental changes to civil penalty practice brought about by the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court on 1 May 2015 in Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [2015] FCAFC 59. Join us to hear some of Australia’s most experienced civil penalty practitioners discuss and analyse the impact of this judgment and its effect on the day-to-day practice of Commonwealth regulators.

This forum will only be held in Canberra and will be $675 (GST incl) for the day, lunch included. Discounts for group bookings will be available.

The agenda and registration details will be sent approximately 4 weeks prior to the date. The forum has been sold out every year, so numbers per agency may need to be limited.

If you would like to be contacted about this forum please contact


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AGS wins Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award

On Thursday 20 November 2014, AGS's National Manager Pro Bono Services Geetha Nair, and our legal team of more than 80 lawyers who undertook pro bono work in 2013–14, won the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 2014 Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) In-house Lawyer Awards in Adelaide. The Awards recognise excellence in the provision of legal services and the contribution made by in-house lawyers, whether in government or corporate legal departments.

Since 2008, we have increased our pro bono contribution annually. In 2013–14, it was over 7,500 hours of pro bono legal work, valued at more than $2.6 million. This is an increase of 2,300 hours and 44% since our first full year in 2009–10.

In 2013–14, we continued established relationships with public interest clearing houses and community legal centres in each State and Territory and included new placements with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (NSW), the Women’s Legal Centre (ACT) and the Consumer Action Legal Centre (Victoria). Read more


Annual report 2013-14

Successful year for AGS

AGS's 2013–14 annual report has been tabled in Parliament. The report details a highly successful year in which we assisted clients with everything from high-profile High Court cases and royal commissions to routine contract or procurement matters.

Our work assisted with key Government priorities including Operation Sovereign Borders, the privatisation of Medibank, 2 royal commissions and the Farm Finance Concessional Loan Scheme.

We remained the leading supplier in the government external legal services market, despite increased competition, and delivered profits above our corporate plan targets. In addition, we made significant savings in our corporate areas and overhead expenses.

This year marks 30 years since AGS began operations under our current name. While much has changed for AGS during those years, one thing has remained the same – our dedicated service to government and to our clients.