Government and Public Law Conference
Start time 12 Jun 2019 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)
End time 12 Jun 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)
Location Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne
Speaker See full program for details.
Catering Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Designed for Legal practitioners
Product Code C19026

Government and Public Law Conference

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.

Total CPD Units: 6.0

Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 1.0
Professional Skills: 2.5
Substantive Law: 2.5
(includes GST)