Australian Government Solicitor


    View the AGS Twitter account    Visit the AGS YouTube channel     Visit the AGS LinkedIn page
AGS Executive  


Louise Vardanega
Louise Vardanega PSM
AGS Chief Operating Officer (COO)
T 02 6253 7217

Louise Vardanega PSM was appointed Chief Operating Officer of AGS in June 2009.

She joined AGS in 1975 and worked in various areas of law, including general litigation, criminal prosecutions and administrative law. Much of her practice included appearance work as counsel and the handling of significant matters in both the ACT Magistrates and Supreme Courts. She also gained high-level expertise in handling administrative law matters for government departments and agencies in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia.

Director of AGS's former Canberra City office for several years, she was appointed Director AGS Canberra (which combined the Canberra City and Barton offices) in 2000.

Louise was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2000 Honours List for outstanding public service through leadership and management of the then ACT office of AGS.

From 2003 to 2005 she also held the position of National Director of AGS's Clients and Market Office.

She has been Secretary and a Member of the ACT Law Society Council since 1993.

Louise has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. She was admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in 1976.