Applications open now for our Graduate Program 2020
Applications for the 2020 Attorney-General's Department Graduate Program are now open. AGD is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our 2020 Graduate Program in both the Legal Practice Stream (for AGS) and the Policy Stream.
A law graduate who has completed or is completing a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor between December 2015 and December 2019 can apply for either or both streams. Read more
Louise Vardanega PSM appointed to the Board of the Australian Government Legal Network
The Australian Government Legal Network (AGLN) aims to support the professional development of government lawyers, enhance the delivery of legal services to the Australian Government, and support the Attorney-General as First Law Officer. The AGLN also facilitates information-sharing by lawyers employed by the Australian Government. Read more
Kathryn Graham appointed General Counsel for Australian Signals Directorate
OGC's Team Leader of the Energy, Environment and Regulation team, Kathryn Graham, has been appointed General Counsel for the Australian Signals Directorate. She will start there in March 2019.
Kathryn has worked with AGS's Office of General Counsel (OGC) for 24 years and is a highly respected government lawyer, with particular expertise in advising on the scope of Commonwealth legislative power and the executive power, government finance, environmental law, water law and Commonwealth regulatory schemes. Read more
Our training videos
AGS is delighted to offer our clients a range of training videos to assist you to learn more about specific topics in short segments at times that suit you. This is a great way for you to accrue CPD points throughout the year and to acquire training on subjects that have relevance to your day-to-day work as Commonwealth employees. Read more
Damien O’Donovan appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
AGS’s Senior General Counsel Dispute Resolution Damien O’Donovan has been appointed as a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Over a 22-year career with AGS, Damien has established himself as a skilled senior advocate before both first instance and appellate courts, a formidable and creative advice-writer and, perhaps most significantly, a generous and helpful supervisor, mentor and colleague. Read more
Congratulations, Cathy Reid PSM
AGS's Deputy Chief Counsel Commercial Cathy Reid, was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2019 'for outstanding public service through the provision of legal advice and contributions to the strategic management of major Commonwealth infrastructure, marine and aviation projects'. Read more
Ian Deane PSM is a finalist in ‘Government lawyer of the year’
AGS’s Special Counsel Ian Deane PSM has been named a finalist in ‘Government lawyer of the year’ in this year’s Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards.
This event celebrates the success of individual in-house lawyers and legal teams across all industries in Australia. Winners will be announced at Sydney’s Hyatt Regency on Friday 29 March 2019. Read more
AGS will be the Solicitors Assisting the Aged Care Royal Commission
AGS has been appointed as the Solicitors Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The work of this Commission is an important part of contributing to social justice in Australia.
AGS is pleased to once again have been given the opportunity to support a Royal Commission, this time based in Adelaide. Read more
AGS wins 'Dispute Resolution Team of the Year'
On Friday 31 August 2018, AGS was announced 'Dispute Resolution Team of the Year' in the Lawyers Weekly 18th Australian Law Awards.
The gala event, celebrated at The Star Sydney, by over 800 of the 'legal profession's finest', according to Lawyers Weekly, 'recognises the outstanding work being done across major legal practice areas, brilliance at the bar, legal in-house powerhouses, innovators and various firm-led pro bono programs'. Read more