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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

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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

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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

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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 AAT appointment

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

Cathy Reid PSM Australia Day Honours 2019

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, Corporate Counsel Awards Finalist 2019

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

Joint team leaders Rodger Prince and Louise Amundsen

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

Australian Law Awards 2018

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


Events coming soon

GLG: After the election – what happens? Canberra, 6 May

FOI and Privacy Forum 2019
Canberra, 17 May

Training courses in 2019


Legal briefing 112 Commonwealth grants: an overview of legal issues (12 February 2019)

Fact sheet No. 37 – Execution clauses (February 2019)

Express law 276 – Seventh Anniversary of the PPSR – what you need to do (29 January 2019)

Legal briefing 111 – Dealing effectively with unsatisfactory performance in the Australian Public Service (29 November 2018)

Commercial notes 42 – Termination of Commonwealth contracts (19 November 2018)

Last week in Parliament Issue 89 (2–4 February 2019)

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