Civil Penalties Forum 2014
20 March 2014 (9 am – 4.30 pm) National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
The law around civil penalties continues to grow and evolve. More than ever, it is critical for regulators to understand the trends and strategies that will allow them to use their finite enforcement resources to maximum effect.
This forum will cover strategies for regulators to ensure they deploy resources effectively and avoid the traps of inefficiency and counter-productive results. With a mix of practical sessions, strategic guidance and a review of big picture developments in enforcement law, it is for both emerging and experienced regulators.
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
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 Canberra on 20 and 21 March 2014. Book now as these regularly sell out.
Dates for the general introduction to the PID Act will be shortly announced for Sydney and Melbourne.
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.