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CAC Act Legal Network  

'Very worthwhile and valuable- Excellent opportunity to hear issues faced by other agencies and solutions' CCELN Canberra 2014

'The network provided a great oppportunity to build working relationships and links with their legal counsel.' CCELN Canberra 2014

The Forum was very well organised. The organisers were friendly and helpful. The convenors were professional”. CCELN Forum Canberra 2015

“Really terrific, topical and relevant speakers and topics, as always” CCELN Forum Canberra 2015

“Continuing high standard of excellence, knowledge – gaining, great networking. CCELN Forum Sydney 2015

Corporate Commonwealth Entities Legal Network

AGS established the Corporate Commonwealth Entities Legal Network (CCELN) (formerly known as the CAC Act Legal Network) to link together General Counsel, Senior Lawyers and Executives of corporate bodies established under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act).

Launched at AGS Sydney in June 2011, the network has the support of the Department of Finance which often collaborates in presenting joint events dealing with both legal and financial matters relevant to corporate Commonwealth bodies. We currently hold 3 forums each year in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. These are well-attended, interactive events.

The network aims to share information and experiences about common legal issues and concerns, enhance awareness of Commonwealth legal developments, facilitate training on Commonwealth legal issues, and recognise and support the professionalism of Commonwealth legal practice in corporate Commonwealth entities.

Key areas of focus are legal and technical issues across subjects including corporate governance, statutory interpretation, freedom of information, procurement, administrative law, practice management, issues dealing with resourcing, team structures, professional development, procurement of external legal services and professional networking opportunities.

Who are the network's members?

A positive, dynamic and interactive group with many areas of common interest and interaction, the network currently involves more than 130 General Counsel, Senior Lawyers and Executives from 59 corporate Commonwealth entities.

The network provides benefits for its members by assisting them to build working relationships with their counterparts in other corporate Commonwealth entities through a network register, interactive email group, legal forums in the largest capital cities and other activities.

AGS convenes and coordinates the network, assisted and advised by a Management Committee comprising representatives of corporate Commonwealth entities in the major capitals.

Our Committee Members are as follows:

  • Megan Pitt, Convenor and Director AGS Sydney
  • Stephanie Cole, Legal Counsel, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Peter Coumbis, Manager, Commercial Services Group, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Natalie Demir, Client Development Manager, AGS
  • Jennie Wright, Deputy General Counsel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Fiona Johnstone, General Counsel, CSIRO
  • Jennifer Kirkaldy, Branch Manager and Corporate Counsel, National Disability Insurance Agency.

If you are a General Counsel, Senior Lawyer or Executive working for a Corporate Commonwealth entity, you are welcome to join the network by registering your interest with Natalie Demir, CCELN Network Coordinator T 03 9242 1448.

CCELN forum

The next CCELN forum will be held in Sydney on 17 March 2016. If you would like information about this forum please contact Natalie Demir, CCELN Network Coordinator T 03 9242 1448.