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FOI and Privacy Forum 2016
Canberra, 4 May 2016


Introduction to FOI
Canberra, 10 May 2016


Cases of distinction
Melbourne, 17 May 2016


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Express law 245 – Full Federal Court confirms ‘legal unreasonableness’ principles (30 March 2016)


Express law 244 – Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015 to commence on 5 March (4 March 2016)


Last week in Parliament Issue 42 – 18–19 April 2016


Public Interest Disclosure Act – order form for materials.


Graduate Program 2017

Link to Annual Report 2014-15

Link to Legal Opinions website

Link to AGS Alumni

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AGS is a group within the Attorney-General’s Department

AGS became part of the Attorney-General’s Department on 1 July 2015. It continues to operate as the pre-eminent provider of legal services to the Australian Government and its agencies and will have its own independent functional identity within the Department. Pursuant to the Judiciary Act 1903, Ian Govey AM has been appointed to head up AGS with the newly created position of the Australian Government Solicitor.


FOI and Privacy Forum 2016

4 May 2016 – Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

This forum will provide an overview of the current state of play under Commonwealth FOI and privacy laws, focusing on recent and emerging themes relating to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988, as well as to provide contextual discussion on the interplay between FOI and privacy laws, other Commonwealth laws and meeting legal and policy objectives. Read more


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AGS YouTube channel launched

On 18 February 2016, AGS launched its YouTube channel with a group of videos featuring lawyers talking about the hidden costs of leasing, managing disclosures under the PID Act and our pro bono program, one of our pro bono clients talking about our contribution to their business and featuring the video of AGS’s Laura John accepting her Graduate of the Year award from Sir Bob Geldof.

This is a new channel in our social media presence, which already includes Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow us to hear of job opportunities, forthcoming training and events, new publications and other updates.


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AGS’s Laura John is Graduate of the Year 2015

On Thursday 26 November 2015 at the National Press Club in Canberra, AGS’s Laura John was announced as the Graduate of the Year at the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand Leadership in Government Awards 2015. Sir Bob Geldof presented Laura with a Tiffany trophy and a $10,000 sabbatical to invest in leadership development.

Laura was selected for the AGS 2014 Graduate Program. However, she deferred her graduate role when she was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as the 2014 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Consequently, Laura joined AGS as a graduate in the 2015 Graduate Program and has continued working with young Australians, balancing her community service with work commitments and undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at ANU. Read more

2015 Australasian Law Awards Winner

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.'