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.
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
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’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
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
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
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