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Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program

The next Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training (GLT) program is running from Wednesday 22 May to Friday 24 May 2024, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the National Gallery of Australia. We will provide more details about the program here and through the government lawyer contact list. Subscribe to the mailing list and if you have changed roles or moved to another government agency, make sure you update your details.

About the course

The GLT 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 Australian Government Legal Service (AGLS) Board sponsors the GLT program, with a GLT Working Group managing the agenda and guest speaker program.

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.

Training takes place over 3 days in Canberra, is held twice a year and provides networking opportunities.

Course content

The program is designed to deliver cost-effective training on foundational competencies for graduate lawyers, junior lawyers or lawyers new to government, and is developed and delivered by senior lawyers from within government.

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.