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Grant programs: an overview of the legal framework and how the updated Commonwealth Grant Guidelines apply

Who should attend

This course has been designed for Commonwealth employees responsible for planning, implementing and managing grant programs.

Course outline and objectives

In this half-day course we will discuss:

  • the legal framework for grant programs, particularly how the financial management and accountability framework apply
  • the key principles of the updated Commonwealth Grant Guidelines (CGGs)
  • the mandatory requirements in the updated CGGs
  • obligations to and by ministers
  • thinking about and managing risks
  • legal pitfalls in managing a grant agreement.

We will provide an overview of the CGGs with a focus on the updates that apply from 1 June 2013 and work through how they apply to different types of grant programs. As the management of risk is a critical issue for any grant program, we will assist participants to identify possible risks and outline options for managing those risks. Grants, like any other spending proposals, are subject to the financial management and accountability framework of the Commonwealth; this course will outline the key obligations. We will also look at ways of achieving effective management of grants – which should ultimately mean a grant program's policy objectives are achieved.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the application of the CGGs, of the key considerations for effective grant programs and how to identify and manage risks.


Our presenters are AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment, and who practise extensively in this area of law. They illuminate important principles with real-world examples, encourage active discussion of the issues and lead participants through practical problem-solving exercises.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am to 12.30 pm or 1.30 pm to 5 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either 'am' or 'pm'. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Standard fee – $600 (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.