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Government

Holding Redlich has a history of advising and acting for departments, agencies and councils across the three tiers of Government – Federal, State and local.

Government

We have a proven track record of providing effective, responsive and reliable services to the public sector.

Expertise

Holding Redlich considers that an expert, independent, and well-resourced public service is essential for good government, and we work with our public sector clients to assist them to achieve positive outcomes in the public interest.

Understanding government

Our deep understanding of government is fostered from our experience acting for all levels of government through our appointment to the Whole of Australian Government legal services panel; our position on the legal panels of the New South Wales Government, Victorian Government and Queensland Government; and advising more than 60 local councils across Australia.

We know that to properly understand the challenges in providing legal advice to government, a firm needs to possess a breadth of experience drawn from working internally for government and also externally for consumers of government services. Many of our lawyers have worked in senior positions in government, served on government owned or associated bodies and boards, have government experience gained from secondments, or have a long experience in acting for government.

This experience helps us to understand the unique challenges of the public sector, including the financial, ethical, legislative and policy frameworks within which government operates. We also understand that the legal position on any issue is only one part of the wider picture, as government manages a range of stakeholder interests.

Ability to assist government

Our National Government Law Practice fosters deeply interactive relationships with our government clients, delivering expert legal services and advice that addresses the above key factors. We develop strategies to appropriately manage the considerations and risks of matters, and at all times ensure our clients are protected and their reputation is maintained.

Holding Redlich is experienced in handling difficult and complex legal issues for government across the full spectrum, including:

  • statutory interpretation 
  • public law matters, including administrative law, privacy and freedom of information
  • merits review and Federal and Supreme Court judicial review proceedings
  • royal commissions, inquiries, investigations and independent reviews
  • significant and/or sensitive property transactions
  • disputes and contentious transactions
  • public sector employment, industrial relations and workplace health and safety
  • probity and procurement.

We act for a range of government entities and stakeholders, including departments, agencies, government-owned corporations, statutory authorities and ministers.

We are also actively involved in and support the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Recent Posts

24 November 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

In this edition, we explore whether government agencies should consider arbitration as an alternative to litigation.

22 November 2021 - Knowledge

Victorian Government Bulletin

#Government

Australian Public Service Agencies using ITC gateways are to have their security strengthened in a joint project involving the Digital Transformation Agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

10 November 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

We review a case where a government authority made a mistake that adversely affected an individual, and explore why a court’s ability to assist the individual was limited.

10 November 2021 - Knowledge

ACCC warning on cartel conduct risk in public sector tenders

#Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Procurement, #Competition & Consumer Law

The ACCC has issued a warning to public sector agencies to be alert for cartel conduct in government tender processes after a recent investigation highlighted potential issues.

09 November 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

We discuss steps that State authorities can take to manage and minimise the risk of private nuisance claims for infrastructure projects.

27 October 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #COVID-19

COVID-19 seemed to have come out of nowhere. Will its impact on the construction industry be a lasting driver for a more collaborative approach?

27 October 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government

The work of the OAIC to uphold privacy and information access rights and strengthen online privacy protections is highlighted in its 2020–21 annual report published today.

25 October 2021 - Knowledge

Victorian Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this edition, we look at key learnings from a recent decision by the Victorian Court of Appeal that ruled the State of Victoria breached its procedural fairness obligations with a ‘heavily redacted’ report into a harassment claim against an employee.

13 October 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this edition, we look at key learnings from a recent decision by the Victorian Court of Appeal that ruled the State of Victoria breached its procedural fairness obligations with a ‘heavily redacted’ report into a harassment claim against an employee.

01 October 2021 - Knowledge

Public sector procurement: A highly skilled profession

#Government, #Procurement

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council is the peak council for Australian and New Zealand government agencies with responsibilities relating to procurement, construction and asset and real property management.

01 October 2021 - Knowledge

Maintaining legal professional privilege as a Commonwealth Government lawyer

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

In this article, we provide Commonwealth Government lawyers with some practical tips that may assist in maintaining privilege over the advice provided.

01 October 2021 - Knowledge

National Cabinet Unlocked: AAT issues Freedom of Information ruling

#Government

A recent decision aims to lift the lid on National Cabinet meetings, concluding that the National Cabinet is not a committee of the federal Cabinet and minutes of its meetings and similar do not fall within the Cabinet documents exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.