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Top 5 Cases – Procedural fairness
Canberra, 10 November 2014


Introduction to Administrative Law
Canberra, 12–13 November 2014


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Public Interest Disclosure Act – order form for materials.


Read an interview with Geetha Nair, AGS's National Manager Pro Bono Services from the May 2014 edition of Brief, the newsletter of the Law Society of Western Australia.


Legal briefing 104 – Misconduct in the Australian Public Service (15 October 2014)


Express Law 225 – Recent decision indicates likely compensation range for breach of privacy (23 September 2014)


Last week in Parliament Issue 13 – 20–23 October 2014


Link to Annual Report 2012-13

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Clare DerixAre you conflicted? How to identify and manage conflicts of interest – Clare Derix, Senior Lawyer in AGS Commercial.


Geetha NairUpdate on AGS's pro bono program – Geetha Nair, National Manager of AGS Pro Bono Services.


Olivia AbbottNew governance and accountability rules for Cth entities – Olivia Abbott, Counsel at AGS.


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AGS Administrative Law Forum 2014

Hotel Realm, Canberra, Thursday 6 November, 9 am – 4 pm

Administrative law: the state of play in 2014

Administrative law is central to the functioning of the Australian Government. This forum will bring you up to date with the latest developments in administrative law and the practical implications for Commonwealth decision-makers and lawyers. You will hear about key themes emerging from recent case law on judicial review grounds and remedies; practical issues relating to the jurisdiction of State courts and tribunals where proceedings involve, or may involve, the Commonwealth; recent developments in US administrative law and how these inform the Australian experience; procedural challenges associated with automated decision-making; limits on the broader use of documents produced in tribunal proceedings; and the role of tribunals in conducting merits review and the design and practical operation of new merits review regimes. Read more

Good legal writing workshop

AGS Canberra, 4 National Circuit, Barton, Friday 7 November 2014, 9–10.30 am

Join Judge Sutton for an outstanding opportunity to workshop good legal writing the day after the Administrative Law forum. Forum participants will receive a discounted rate. Read more on page 3.


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Australian Women Lawyers

This year, AGS has again sponsored the Australian Women Lawyers for their 5th National Conference, which is to be held in Adelaide on 3-5 October 2014 with its theme, 'Change, challenge, achieve'.

AGS has continued to attract and retain female lawyers across all practice groups and stages of their careers, and to support flexible return-to-work arrangements for those taking maternity and other forms of parental leave.


Andras Markus award

Andras Markus wins Excellence in Government Legal Service Award

At the NSW Law Society's Government Solicitors' Conference on 10 September 2014, AGS's Special Counsel Litigation Andras Markus of AGS Sydney was awarded the Excellence in Government Legal Service Award.

Andras was recognised for his outstanding contribution to government legal service, the public interest and the Australian community by handling the most significant Commonwealth administrative law matters, providing expert guidance to the highest level of Commonwealth officials in matters in the public arena, mentoring and supervising other lawyers and acting as an exemplary government lawyer and model litigant role model during this last year and for over the previous 30 years of his time at AGS. Read more


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AGS working on Western Sydney Airport

The Australian Government has appointed Ernst & Young to provide Business Adviser services for the Western Sydney Airport Project. On 7 August 2014, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Ernst & Young will join already appointed legal advisers Clayton Utz and the Australian Government Solicitor working on the project.

'The project is about developing the infrastructure for the 21st century and creating new economic opportunities for the region,' Mr Truss said.



Introducing the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act

The PGPA Act and Rules will commence on 1 July 2014. AGS is presenting a series of training events designed to give staff of CAC Act and FMA Act agencies some practical, easy-to-digest help in transitioning from the existing Act to the new system – with a deeper focus on the elements of the new system relevant to the entry of contracts and other agreements and the spending of money.

See this flyer for the introductory sessions for officials of non-corporate Commonwealth entities (generally existing FMA Act agencies).

See the flyer for the introductory sessions for officials of corporate Commonwealth entities (former CAC Act agencies).

See the flyer describing a special offer for in-house training sessions on the new duties for directors of CAC Act Authorities.