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Introduction to FOI
Canberra, 21 October 2014


Advice writing
Canberra, 28 October 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.


Express Law 224Serious invasions of privacy in the digital era: ALRC tables final report (12 September 2014)


Express Law 223 – Implied terms of mutual trust and confidence and good faith in employment contracts: what do they mean for Commonwealth agencies? (11 September 2014)


Last week in Parliament Issue 10 – 1–4 September 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 Employment Law Forum

Hotel Realm, Canberra, 15 October 2014, 9 am – 4.30 pm

Work in progress – what are we learning?

The last few years have seen plenty of change on the employment and industrial law fronts. Many of these changes have a unique impact on the public sector. We are getting a clearer picture of how developments in policy and law are informing enterprise bargaining, how the Fair Work Commission is approaching its workplace bullying jurisdiction, and how the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 is affecting the management of conduct complaints. We are also seeing more change on the horizon, with new adverse action cases clarifying the scope of employee rights, shifting approaches in the Fair Work Commission to employee misconduct and some significant damages awards from the Federal Court in sexual harassment cases. Join us as we look at this work in progress, and highlight how the dynamics of public sector employment are changing. Read more

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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.


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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.