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Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program

Face to face training has resumed for the Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training (GLT) program. The next program is scheduled from Tuesday 26 April to Thursday 28 April 2022 in Canberra. Due to the high level of interest, we are unable to take any further expressions of interest for this program. For those currently on the waiting list, details about registration will be sent in late February 2022.

Please note we expect to run the program again later this year. Details and registration for all future offerings will appear on the AGLS website and be advertised through the government lawyer contact list. If you change roles or move to another government agency, please ensure you update your contact details on the government lawyer contact list.

About the course

The Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program takes a strategic, consistent, whole-of-government approach to legal training for Australian Government lawyers in the early stages of their careers in the public service.

The training takes place over 3 days in Canberra, and is usually held twice a year. The last program held in May 2021 sold out within days, with 62 government lawyers attending from 21 Commonwealth agencies. The program was not run in 2020 and ran only once in 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions impacting this in-person event. From 2022, the program is expected to be run twice a year.

The presenters come from a broad range of Australian Government agencies, allowing for participants to engage in topics with cross-Commonwealth examples from both in-house lawyers and the Australian Government Solicitor.

Course content

The program is designed to deliver cost-effective training on foundational competencies for junior lawyers or lawyers new to government, and is developed and delivered by senior lawyers from within government. Both attendees and presenters from the sold-out 2021 course provided overwhelmingly positive feedback, demonstrating the success of this high quality, low cost, program for in-house government lawyers.

Topics covered include the role of a government lawyer, administrative law and good decision-making, managing legal risk, and work and wellbeing for new to government lawyers.

The program provides the opportunity for early-career lawyers to build cross agency networks and a sense of identity and community as Australian Government lawyers.

Feedback from previous participants

Very informative and covered key government lawyer essentials – it would be great if this could be a requirement for new government lawyers.

Great to get a whole of government legal service perspective and to learn about a really wide range of topics, even those I don’t work on.

Presenters were all knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic on their topics.

It has been great to hear from lawyers from varying backgrounds.

Please note: The Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program is not associated with the offerings provided by the Sydney-based company Legalwise Seminars.

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