• June 2019

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019
    12 Jun 2019 9:00am - 12 Jun 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This program is chaired by:

    James Smart, Partner, Maddocks

    Drafting Effective Statutory Instruments   

    The ability to draft clear and legally enforceable statutory instruments is an essential part of every government lawyer’s toolkit. This session will provide the do’s and don’ts on drafting statutory instruments including:

    • Purpose and effectiveness of the instrument;
    • Structure; and
    • Clarity.

    Ensure your skills are up to date!

    Presented by: Gemma Varley, Consultant Legislative Drafter, Private Practice

    Public Service, Personal Opinion and Anonymity  

    In light of the recent case of Comcare v Banerji the question about a government employee’s ability to make anonymous public comments that may reflect on the employer, is in the spotlight.  

    This session will address the current legal position and the risks 

    Presented by: Richard Leder, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Legislation - Update and Impact  

    Our presenters will outline key updates in the following areas:

    • The Local Jobs First Act 2003 amended from The Victorian Industry Participation Policy Act 2003 (in force since August 2018);

    This session will address the impact of this Act on procurement processes and contract requirements affecting government lawyers in Victoria.


    • The Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (Public Interest Disclosures, Oversight and Independence) Bill 2018;

    This Bill, if enacted, will introduce key reforms particularly around Whistleblower protections and an expansion of the types of conduct that can be disclosed.

    This session will address the key proposed changes.


    • The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (Cth) was enacted in October 2018.

    The Act introduced a regime whereby the conduct of Commonwealth agencies may be challenged as a result of their procurement processes.

    This session will address the key changes and impact on government departments.  

    Statutory Interpretation - What Do You Mean? 

    Statutory Interpretation done well, never gets old. It’s an essential survival tool and always needs to be sharpened. This session will outline the most important elements of:

    • Context and Purpose
    • Explanation and Persuasion.

    Presented by: Peter Fox QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Hear from a Leader! Leading My Team - Inspire and Motivate  

    Inspiring and motivating the legal team is essential to maximising performance and maintaining morale. This is particularly important as budgets shrink and client expectations increase. What are the essential skills that a leading government lawyer needs to have and what are simple yet highly effective ways to increase team effectiveness and individual job satisfaction? 

    This session will outline the ways that you can optimise your and your teams motivation, performance and job satisfaction.

    Presented by: Marlo Baragwanath, Victorian Government Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office 

    Conflicts of interest and Disclosure Policies - When do the facts fall through the cracks?   

    Conflicts and Disclosure Policies are a fact of life for government lawyers. But are they always complied with in real life? What are the major risk areas for government lawyers and their colleagues when interpreting and applying these policies. How are the policies being flouted and what are the potential consequences of getting caught.

    This session will address these issues and provide guidance in this tricky area.

    Workplace Behaviour – A 2019 Update

    Recent high profile examples illustrate the importance of adhering strictly to appropriate workplace behaviour guidelines. Sexual harassment or bullying allegations can destroy a career and can also bring a lawyer within the investigatory powers of the Disciplinary bodies. Now more than ever, it is critical for all lawyers to understand the strict rules around what is and is not appropriate behaviour in the workplace. By reference to recent cases this session will address this issue and provide guidance on how to avoid breaching the professional conduct rules prohibiting inappropriate workplace behaviour including sexual harassment and bullying.  


    This session is designed to be informal and from your own point of view, with little preparation of materials necessary. As there will be other panellists and question time, the hour long session will be split between you, so not requiring you to speak for the whole 1 hour..

    Personal Liability in the Public Sector 

    The area of personal liability keeps all lawyers awake at night.  This session will address developments in the area of personal liability in government.

  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019
    19 Jun 2019 9:00am - 19 Jun 2019 12:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
    Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne

    This event is chaired by:

    Guy Gilbert SC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Case Preparation at the AAT – Strategies, Techniques and What to Avoid When Representing Clients 

    The AAT reviews a wide range of decisions made under Commonwealth laws, including FOI Requests, Taxation, Workers Compensation, Child Support, Migration and Refugee decisions and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  These decisions often affect disadvantaged and vulnerable people and the representation required of each individual can be unique and challenging.

    This session will take you through key strategies and practical tips for preparing a Review at the AAT. You will also be guided on the do’s and don’ts when representing your client more generally in this jurisdiction.

    Including a case update, this is a unique opportunity not to be missed.

    Presented by: Renee Sion, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Appeals and Rights in the AAT – Your Options Are Limited 

    If a party is aggrieved by a decision of the AAT there is limited avenue for appeal from the AAT to the Federal Court.

    This session will guide you through the process of appealing AAT decisions to the Federal Court including:

    • Proper basis for appeal;
    • Likelihood of Final or Interlocutory Appeals;
    • Relevant timelines;
    • Drafting essential documents for appeal process;
    • Costs consequences for parties;
    • Stay Orders and consequences for your client, particularly in relation to Workers Compensation Claims.

    A must for all those practising in the AAT jurisdiction.

    Presented by: Julie Zhou, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    The Current State of Administrative Law and Judicial Review in Australia 

    This session includes a case update and is presented by an esteemed panel. Our presenters will delve into the current state of Administrative Law, Judicial and Merits based Review, and the role of the AAT.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Procedural fairness principles dealt with by the court versus limitations on procedural protections introduced by parliament (especially in the context of migration law cases);
    • Is it fair for the independence of the Tribunal to be called into question when Members are appointed by the current Government, without community consultation?
    • The limits and challenges of administrative law and judicial decision making;
    • Administrative law and the future – Dark or bright?

      This is a not to be missed session.

    Presented by: Lisa-Maree Lo Piccolo, Barrister, Victorian Bar

    Mary Cameron, Legal Practitioner, Mary Cameron


    Georgina Costello, Barrister, Victorian Bar