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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

09 May 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Amendments to the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988

#Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law

We explore the amendments passed in the recent Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2024 and their importance.

30 April 2024 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin: QIRC allows fair treatment appeal against employee’s suspension with pay


‘Recent case law confirms the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission’s first of its kind jurisdiction to hear appeals on decisions to suspend employees on normal pay as they are considered ‘fair treatment decisions’.

24 April 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Climate risks in government property transactions

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Climate-related risks affect almost every stakeholder in a property transaction. We look at two types of risks associated with purchasing and developing land during a climate crisis and how government lawyers can mitigate these risks.

10 April 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


We wrap-up the latest government news in NSW.

27 March 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


We wrap-up the latest government news in NSW.

14 March 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


We wrap-up the latest government news in NSW.

29 February 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: Closing Loopholes No. 2 Bill: Second round of changes to workplace law

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No. 2) Bill 2023 (Closing Loopholes No. 2 Bill), which introduced the second tranche of significant workplace law changes, has come into force this week.

20 February 2024 - Knowledge

Fulfilling the positive duty to prevent sexual harassment: Guiding principles

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

We unpack the guiding principles from the Australian Human Rights Commission to assist employers in reviewing and implementing measures to fulfil their positive duty to prevent workplace sexual harassment.

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.