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


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


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

20 February 2024 - Knowledge

‘The Idea of Perfection’ – when is your administrative decision truly complete?

#Government, #Administrative Law

We discuss the elements of a ‘perfected’ decision – that is, one which is legally complete and not capable of being unilaterally withdrawn by the decision-maker.

20 February 2024 - Knowledge

New year, new focus: Ethics for Australian Government in-house lawyers


The new year presents an opportunity for government lawyers to reflect on the past 12 months and draw out lessons for meeting their professional responsibilities.

15 February 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Taking reasonable steps to protect privacy

#Government, #Data & Privacy

Current privacy laws require agencies to adopt ‘reasonable’ safeguards against unauthorised access, use or disclosure of personal information. What is considered ‘reasonable’ and how can agencies ensure they have sufficient protections in place?

24 January 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin summer edition: The more things change

#Government, #Data & Privacy, #Property, Planning & Development, #Workplace Relations & Safety

At the beginning of a new year of challenges, we refresh key concepts and skills to arm government lawyers for the year ahead.

14 December 2023 - Knowledge

Top five trends for Australian Government legal practice in 2024

#Government, #Data & Privacy, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications

With 2024 just around the corner, we look at emerging trends for Australian Government legal practice for the year ahead.

14 December 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Four steps for valuing easement acquisitions in NSW

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The compensation amount for easement acquisitions depends on factors such as the property involved, the type of right being acquired and its appropriate construction.

12 December 2023 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin: Information Privacy Act amendments passed

#Data & Privacy, #Government

On 29 November, the Information Privacy and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2023 was passed, bringing a new regime to public sector privacy in Queensland.

29 November 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Managing psychosocial hazards in the workplace

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this article, we provide a snapshot of the Code and Regulations for managing the risk of psychosocial hazards in the workplace and discuss the steps an employer or PCBU can take to meet their obligations.

16 November 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: When does a hypothetical land use lead to actual compensation after a compulsory acquisition?

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

Two recent cases before the Land and Environment Court demonstrate that the potential use of an acquired land must be established with factual evidence when disputing the compensation in a compulsory acquisition.

03 November 2023 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin: Extra diligence required in responding to a contractor’s payment claim

#Government, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

The NSW Supreme Court decision of Turnkey v Witron has raised concerns on the validity of payment schedules where only part of the payment claim is addressed.

01 November 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Commencement of the PID Act 2022 in NSW

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

The new public interest disclosures legislation came into effect last month. Who is covered under the Act and what are their responsibilities?

18 October 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: NSW mandatory data breach notification obligations coming soon

#Government, #Data & Privacy

From 28 November 2023, amendments to the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) will introduce a mandatory data breach notification scheme for all public sector agencies in NSW. We explain the scheme and how agencies can prepare.