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New whole-of-government legal services panel starts

Consistent with its role as the Australian Government’s central legal services provider, and reflecting its move to an internal charging model from 1 July 2019, AGS was not required to tender for the Whole of Australian Government Legal Services Panel that commences on 15 August 2019.

Commonwealth agencies can use AGS for any legal work at any time.

The panel will consist of 5 broad areas of law – so AGS has revised its areas of law content in line with the panel so clients can compare our offering with other legal firms.

There is also a new Client engagement agreement that simplifies the process for our clients to use our services.

Pro Bono Award

AGS wins Pro Bono Program of the Year

In the glittering ball room at Star City Hotel in Sydney on Friday night 9 August, AGS was recognised for its outstanding pro bono contribution and was proclaimed Pro Bono Program of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2019. Read more

Hilary Manson PSM

Congratulations, Hilary Manson PSM

Announced by the Governor-General His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019 included AGS’s Hilary Manson who was awarded a Public Service Medal for 'outstanding public service to the long term protection of Australia’s community interests as General Counsel.' Read more

AGS internal charging model July2019

AGS’s new internal charging model began on 1 July 2019

On 1 July 2019, in accordance with a decision of Government, AGS moved to an internal charging (or cost-recovery) model.

AGS aims to set its rates and otherwise charge for its work so that, over the course of a business cycle, it recovers the money it needs to operate efficiently and effectively as a self-funded legal service. AGS no longer aims to make a profit. 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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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

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


Events coming soon

Training courses in 2019
Employment law forum 2019
GLG – Comcare v Banerji


Legal briefing 113 – After the election – what happens? (6 May 2019)
Express law 280 – High Court confirms legal professional privilege a 'shield' not a 'sword' (14 August 2019)
Fact sheet No. 37 – Execution clauses (February 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 93 (9–12 September  2019)
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