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Standard procurement and grants documentation

During 2014–15, AGS worked with a range of agencies developing standard contract documentation for procurements and grants.

Senior Executive Lawyer Kenneth Eagle, Lawyer Brett Gulley and Law Graduate David Ireland worked with Department of Finance in developing the Commonwealth Contracting Suite (CCS) - including the development of a deed of standing offer/panel module and associated guidance material. Deputy General Counsel Tony Beal and Senior Executive Lawyer Teresa Miraglia also provided advice on other possible developments for the CCS.

Senior Executive Lawyer Josephine Ziino and Senior Lawyer Jane Muir Cottman worked with the Department of Finance on further developments of the Commonwealth National Lease suite. The suite includes a guidance notes version, transaction version and market version.

AGS worked with Finance in developing the Commonwealth Lease Divestment Handbook, which includes new template documents with guidance notes for surrenders of lease, assignment of lease and subleases. Following this work, Senior Executive Lawyer Helen Moran assisted the Department of Finance with an update to the Memoranda of Understanding for ‘assignment’ and ‘sub-lease’ transactions for use between Commonwealth entities.

We also worked with a range of clients in developing template procurement and property documentation, including the Reserve Bank, Department of Health, Australian Sports Commission, Australian War Memorial, Food Standards Australia New Zealand and Department of Parliamentary Services.

This is an extract from the 2014–15 AGS annual report