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Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program


In accordance with government advice around social distancing, all face to face learning and development programs have been postponed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, you can register your interest in this course, or add your name to a waiting list by emailing

For virtual training options and materials, visit the Resources page

About the course

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

The training takes place over three days in Canberra, and is usually held twice a year. The last program sold out within days, with 60 government lawyers attending from 18 Commonwealth agencies. The sold-out April 2020 course has been postponed with rescheduled dates to be confirmed.

The presenters come from a broad range of Commonwealth 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 May and November 2019 courses 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 Commonwealth 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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