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2022 AGLS Conference – registrations open

The conference is being held on Thursday 20 October 2022 as a hybrid event, with the option to attend either in-person at the Hotel Realm, Canberra, or virtually.

Diversity in the law: Our practice and our people

The conference theme is Diversity in the law: Our practice and our people. The conference will include sessions and discussions covering some of the diverse areas of law and practice in which Australian Government lawyers work. These sessions and discussions will also consider inclusivity in the work we do.

Conference program

  • The Master of Ceremonies is Jamila Rizvi, best-selling author and Deputy Managing Director of Future Women, where she supports organisations and their employees towards gender equality at work. Jamila is also a 2020 Women and Leadership Australia award winner.
  • The Keynote Speaker is Meredith Leigh, First Parliamentary Counsel, Office of Parliamentary Counsel.
  • Other government lawyer speakers are Dr Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Katie Miller, General Counsel, AUSTRAC who will present on Artificial Intelligence.
  • There will be a panel session including David Fredericks PSM, Secretary, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water; Lisa Keeling, General Counsel, Australian Digital Health Agency and AGLS Board Chair; Timothy Goodwin, Barrister; and Sue Mahony, Senior Policy Officer, Australian Pro Bono Centre (on secondment from the Attorney-General’s Department).
  • The Black Dog Institute will present on ‘Mental health is everybody’s business’.
  • Katherine Jones PSM, Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department and head of the Australian Government Legal Service will deliver the closing address.

Event details

  • The AGLS Conference will be held on Thursday, 20 October 2022, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, followed by a networking event for those attending in-person.
  • The event will be delivered face-to-face at the Hotel Realm in Canberra or via the EventsAir platform. Attendees registered to attend virtually will be provided an individual link to access the event via an IP address (similar to any website people would access). It does not require any downloads or installation of apps to a PC. There will be an opportunity to test accessibility of the platform and a link will be sent to attendees prior to the event. The Conference Manager will work with attendees to resolve any issues that arise.
  • The sessions will be recorded and accessible to all attendees (in-person and virtual) for 3 weeks following the conference (except for the Black Dog Institute session).
  • Attendees will be able to claim Continuing Professional Development points. We will provide more information on this once the program is finalised.
  • The program includes opportunities to connect, chat and meet with other attendees regardless of whether attending virtually or face-to-face, and for attendees to ask questions of speakers at the end of each session. 

Register now and save!

Individual tickets are only $280 for in-person and $150 for online. A 10% discount will be applied for 10 or more tickets purchased from the same organisation (conditions apply). This offer ends on 30 September 2022.

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Training courses

Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program

The AGLS administers cost-effective training on foundational competencies for junior lawyers or lawyers new to government.

Reciprocal Secondment Program

The Reciprocal Secondment Program involves short term reciprocal exchanges for government lawyers and private practice lawyers.

Legal Circles Group Mentoring Program

The AGLS seeks to facilitate greater engagement between Commonwealth government lawyers through a group mentoring program, where a mentor supports the professional development of a group of mentees.

The Office of Legal Services Coordination (OLSC) also offers training on the Legal Services Directions. It provides an overview of the directions and how they operate in practice. The topics covered include:

  • significant issues reporting and settling significant issues
  • engaging counsel
  • sharing advice
  • tied work
  • the Model Litigant Obligation
  • an update on the Government Legal Services Panel.

If you think you or your team would benefit from a refresher on the directions, email to discuss how we may be able to deliver this training for you.

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