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You will leave an AGS course with new knowledge, valuable insight and a fresh perspective. You will also receive comprehensive and up-to-date course manuals which can be used in the workplace as a handy reference tool.

AGS provides a comprehensive program of legal training courses for both lawyers and non-lawyers from Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies as well as non-government organisations, students and members of the public.

We offer some complimentary places in our training courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal students and government employees.

Our presenters are all AGS lawyers who are subject matter experts in the subjects they teach. AGS training sessions are full of interactive exercises, examples and challenging discussion, and draw on the valuable experience participants themselves bring along.

Our courses also attract CLE/CPD points.

AGS can deliver our standard course modules 'in-house' or we can tailor these and other presentations to suit your agency's needs. See Custom courses

The majority of our courses run in Canberra but we also offer courses in every State and Territory at certain points throughout the year and any of our courses can be arranged in any location at a client's request. See our Training calendar for announced dates.

Contact us

For further information about any of our courses, please contact Di Harvey on (02) 6253 7126 or Kirstin Hewitt on (02) 6253 7436 or email us at trainingservices@ags.gov.au.

Course descriptions (in alphabetical order)

ACT FOI exemptions and decision-making

ACT FOI key concepts

ACT FOI key concepts, exemptions and decision-making

Acts Interpretation Act changes

Administrative law (1 day)

Administrative law (2 days)

Advanced civil litigation process

Advice writing

Affidavits – preparation, use and pitfalls

Alternative dispute resolution

Amend records under FOI and privacy

An hour well spent – Conflicts of interest for advisers, boards and committees

An hour well spent – Construction contracts in the Commonwealth context

An hour well spent – FOI and the public interest

An hour well spent – FOI and recent decisions of the Information Commissioner

An hour well spent – Indemnities in the Commonwealth context

An hour well spent – Key legal issues in grants

An hour well spent – Leasing and property issues

An hour well spent – Leasing in the Commonwealth context

An hour well spent – Playing tough but fair: life as the model litigant

An hour well spent – Probity principles in grants

An hour well spent – Procedural fairness

An hour well spent – Statement of reasons

Appearing in the Fair Work Commission

Archives Act – key exemptions

Cases of distinction

CDDA – making it right

Civil litigation process

Constitutional issues in program design

Context and construction

Contract management

Delegations and authorisations

Essentials for the government lawyer

Evaluating tenders

Excellence in government decision-making

FOI exemptions

FOI – next steps

FOI notices of decision – section 26 FOI Act

FOI proactive publication scheme

Getting ready for the new Fair Work Act anti-bullying provisions

Grant programs

Handling privacy complaints

How laws are made: an overview of the legislative process

How regulations are made: legislative instruments

How to run a code of conduct investigation

How to undertake a review of action

Introduction to civil litigation process

Introduction to contract law

Introduction to FOI (full-day)

Introduction to FOI (half-day)

Introduction to privacy

Law enforcement and FOI – section 37 FOI Act

Legal issues in records management for investigators and regulators (2 days)

Managing a code of conduct investigation

Managing persistent complainants

Masterclass – privacy and employment

Personal privacy – section 47F FOI Act

Principles of decision-making

Privacy – next steps

Privacy reforms (half-day)

Procedural fairness – cases and principles

Procurement tips and tricks

Public interest

Reg 10 FMA

Responding to subpoenas

Scoping – statement of requirements

Statement of reasons

Statutory interpretation

Think lawful, act lawful

Tough conversations about poor performance

Understanding legislation