Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed for government lawyers. It is a useful refresher for those who have been practising government law for many years and is also a good introduction for lawyers new to the field.

Course outline

This half-day course focuses on key common law principles of statutory interpretation and the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, including:

  • principles of statutory interpretation
  • the Acts Interpretation Act 1901
  • exercises in interpretation
  • latest High Court cases on interpretation.

This is an interactive course and there are a variety of examples and exercises to illustrate key concepts. Course materials will be given to each participant for use as future reference.


Participants will come away from the course with a working understanding of the key issues in interpretation, how to approach the task of interpreting Commonwealth legislation and when legal advice may be required.


Our presenters are experienced lawyers from our Office of General Counsel who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment and who specialise in statutory interpretation, machinery of government and constitutional law.


This is a half-day course delivered online. This course offers 3 CPD points.


Standard fee – $440 (inclusive of GST) per person. No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and courses will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.