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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

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).

23 November 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


In this edition, we highlight the Caretaker conventions that you need to be aware of prior to the next election in 2023 for New South Wales.

15 November 2022 - Knowledge

Media Policy Priorities of the Albanese Government

#Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Government

In a wide-ranging keynote address to the Communications and Media Law Association in Sydney this week Federal Communications Minister, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP outlined the media policy priorities of the Albanese Government.

09 November 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Native Title & Indigenous Cultural Heritage

In this edition, we look at some recent developments in native title compensation law, and in particular a recent hearing before the Full Federal Court which might take the area beyond the compensation provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

26 October 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law

Has a counterparty asked you to consent to a change in the control of their entity? In this edition, we share our key considerations for reviewing and responding to a change of control request.

12 October 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we unpack the fundamental differences between a lease and a licence.

12 October 2022 - Knowledge

Finding the ‘line’ between the work and private lives of employees

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

We discuss the Fair Work Commission's findings in a recent case as to where the ‘line’ in between work and private is, in the context of the relevant parts of the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct.

11 October 2022 - Knowledge

Future of climate change litigation against governments

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

In this instalment of our ongoing ESG series, we look at some recent climate change cases brought against government bodies and predict what the main risks are for the future.

10 October 2022 - Knowledge

Intellectual property rights in the Commonwealth Government – what you need to know

#Government, #Intellectual Property

An overview of how Commonwealth entities may effectively handle and manage its intellectual property.

28 September 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this edition, we provide a summary of the laws that regulate surveillance of employees and workplaces in NSW and how the Fair Work Commission has dealt with evidence obtained by surveillance.

26 September 2022 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this edition, we consider a recent decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission that found an employer’s decision to allow an administrative support employee to work from home one day per week, rather than the requested two days per week, was fair and reasonable.

14 September 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Intellectual Property

In this edition, we provide an overview of how the NSW Government may effectively handle and manage its intellectual property.