Intellectual Property Forum 2014 – law, policy and practice
On Wednesday 30 April 2014 in Canberra at the IP Forum, we will discuss key IP developments, government reforms and initiatives, including the Australian Law Reform Commission's recent recommendations for reform of copyright exceptions and statutory licences and implications for how the government manages its IP, the Personal Property Securities Register, Gov 2.0 and open data initiatives, new technologies such as cloud computing and mobile apps, and Commonwealth approaches to IP licensing.
The forum will also feature an interactive case study exercise (assisted by AGS facilitators) which continues our tradition of exploring real-life situations involving IP encountered by agencies. Update your knowledge of IP in the government context by learning about the new legal and policy developments. Network with other agencies experiencing similar IP challenges.
Be sure to book for this timely and important event.
Implementing the Public Interest Disclosure Act
On 20 December 2013 AGS released for sale a suite of template materials for agencies to adapt to their needs ahead of the commencement of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 on 15 January 2014. The template materials include agency head procedures, forms to be used in conjunction with the procedures, a set of FAQ materials, need-to-know documents for key players in the process and a flow chart. The order form for the materials is available here.
AGS has now developed and run 2 half-day training courses on the PID Act, A general introduction to the PID Act and The role of authorised officers. They will be run in Perth on 8 April 2014 and in Sydney on 10 April 2014. Book now as these regularly sell out.
Attorney-General officially opens new AGS headquarters
On Tuesday 4 February 2014 in Canberra, the Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis QC opened the new national headquarters of AGS at 4 National Circuit, Barton.
The Attorney spoke of his career and long association with AGS, including as instructing solicitors before he entered politics. He spoke of the skill and professional excellence that AGS possesses and that it is the largest collection of public lawyers in Australia – and the largest repository of knowledge and experience in the practice of public law in the country. Read more
AGS introduces the Campbell Lecture series
For her AGS clients, Madeline Campbell made learning about administrative law enjoyable, relevant and accessible. In 2014, AGS honours this accomplishment with the 3-part Campbell Lecture series, which presents a new cast of speakers and topics for the administrative law and decision-making challenges of today. Read more here.