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Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training Program

Face to face learning has resumed for the Foundational Australian Government Lawyer Training program. The first program scheduled for 3 - 5 May 2021 is at capacity. You can register your interest in this program, or add your name to a waiting list by emailing agls@governmentlawyers.gov.au.

For virtual training options and materials, visit the Resources page

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 sold out within days, with 60 government lawyers attending from 18 Commonwealth agencies. The Program was not run in 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions. From 2021, the Program is expected to be run twice a year in consultation with the AGLS Professional Development Committee.

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 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 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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