About the Australian Government Legal Service
Seeking expressions of interest AGLS Board nominations now open
We are calling for nominations to be a member of the inaugural Australian Government Legal Service Board in 2020.
Visit the AGLS Board membership page to find out more.
The AGLS will be an overarching formal professional network that will automatically include all government lawyers, including from the Australian Government Solicitor. It aims to re-orient and sharpen the focus of the Commonwealth's legal services.
Establishing the AGLS was one of ten recommendations from the Secretary's Review of Commonwealth Legal Services.
The review, conducted between 2015 and 2016 and published in November 2017, considered how Commonwealth legal services could be delivered more effectively and efficiently and how to ensure government is provided with high-quality and coordinated legal advice.
The review recommended establishing the AGLS to support coherent and consistent legal services across the Commonwealth, focusing on information sharing, collaboration, guidance, professional standards and training. In June 2018, the government agreed to establish the AGLS, with the Office of Legal Services Coordination within the Attorney-General's Department to lead implementation, in collaboration with legal practices in Commonwealth entities.
The AGLS will replace the current Australian Government Legal Network (AGLN) and will build on its work, including the work of the AGLN Board and its sub-committees.
The AGLS is expected to formally launch late in 2020. We have created this website ahead of the formal launch to start providing benefits to members now.
The AGLS will:
- deliver a better framework for Commonwealth legal services
- connect more than 2,000 Commonwealth government lawyers working in over 90 entities across Australia
- drive cultural change towards coordinated delivery of legal services by a cohort of government lawyers with a professional identity that supports their unique role
- provide a professional network for collaboration including on training modules and legal standards.
Learn more about the anticipated leadership and governance arrangements for the AGLS on the Leadership team page.