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Training courses  

Training courses

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.

We offer some complimentary places in our training courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Elizabeth Permalloo on (02) 6253 7464 or Emanuela Peresan on (02) 6253 7145 or email us at

Course descriptions (in alphabetical order)

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

Appearing in the Fair Work Commission

Archives Act – key exemptions

Code of conduct – applying sanctions

Constitutional issues in program design

Contract management

Delegations and authorisations

Essentials for the government lawyer

Evaluating tenders

FOI exemptions

FOI exemptions and decision-making

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

How laws are made: an overview of the legislative process

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

Key legal issues in grants

Law enforcement and FOI – section 37 FOI Act

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

Legislative instruments: what you need to know

Managing a code of conduct investigation

Managing persistent complainants

Masterclass – privacy and employment

Personal privacy – section 47F FOI Act

PGPA Act for non-corporate Commonwealth entities

PGPA Act for corporate Commonwealth entities

Principles of decision-making

Privacy – next steps

Privacy APP intensive

Privacy reforms (half-day)

Procedural fairness – cases and principles

Procurement tips and tricks

Public interest

The Public Interest Disclosure Act – the role of authorised officers

Resolving privacy complaints

Responding to subpoenas

Scoping – statement of requirements

Statement of reasons

Statutory interpretation

Tough conversations about poor performance

Understanding legislation

What entity is that? A guide to public andprivate legal entities