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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

27 March 2023 - Knowledge

Independent review into Australian Carbon Credit Units

#Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

An independent review into Australia's carbon crediting scheme affirmed that the framework is fundamentally sound, but has made 16 recommendations to increase transparency and public trust.

22 March 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

In this edition, we look at the relevance of ESG to governments and their agencies, the impact of ESG on public policies and priorities, and the challenge of balancing priorities and social mores.

22 March 2023 - Knowledge

Reduced fee on selling gaming machine authorities in Queensland – trial ends 30 June

#Property, Planning & Development, #Government

The Queensland Government is wrapping up its one-year trial on reduced fee for gaming machine authority sales on 30 June 2023. What can hoteliers expect next?

08 March 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


In this edition, we reflect on some of the key discussions from our annual NSW Government lawyers CLE program on navigating public sector risks and threats.

22 February 2023 - Knowledge

Public Sector Act 2022 – new legislative employment arrangements for the Queensland public sector

#Workplace Relations & Safety, #Government

This article highlights some of the most significant changes to Queensland public sector employment arrangements arising from the Public Sector Act 2022 (Qld)

07 February 2023 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin


We provide an update on the judgment delivered by the Land Court at the end of 2022 on the role that climate change can play in government decision-making through the operation of the Human Rights Act 2019.

24 January 2023 - Knowledge

Getting the message through: Challenges for legal advisers in government


Timely and accurate legal advice is critical to government decisions. Yet sometimes, advice just doesn't get through or doesn't get through effectively. What can government lawyers do to improve this, and make sure their advice is heard and understood?

19 January 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin summer edition: Navigating public sector risks and threats

#Government, #Administrative Law, #Intellectual Property, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this special edition, we explore ways in which the public sector can navigate through some of the risks and threats facing government this year.

21 December 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


A summary of the latest government news in NSW.

09 December 2022 - Knowledge

Top five trends for Australian Government legal practice in 2023

#Australian Government, #Government

With 2023 just around the corner, we look at five emerging trends for Australian Government legal practice for the year head.

07 December 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


Following the 2022 review, the Department of Premier & Cabinet has released M2022-07, which provides updated – and in places mandatory – guidance to harmonise grants administration processes across government.

29 November 2022 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Data & Privacy, #Workplace Relations & Safety

This edition includes a timely reminder to government agencies of the considerations that should be given to the collection, storage and retention of personal information. Plus, a discussion on the recent changes to the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld).