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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

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.

13 October 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government

In this edition, we look at issues that can arise in claiming privilege over legal communications involving Queensland Government lawyers, and tips for maintaining privilege.

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.

01 October 2021 - Knowledge

Respect@Work: The Government's response

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

We examine key implications for public sector employers seeking to design effective policies addressing sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination.

01 October 2021 - Knowledge

The Australian Government turns its spotlight on Regulators

#Government

The Australian Government has in recent months turned its spotlight on the performance of its regulators, with a focus on ensuring that regulators are fully performing their functions, and doing so in a transparent, effective and efficient manner. 

29 September 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

As we wait for ‘Freedom Day’, the second tranche of the NSW Government’s Rapid Assessment Framework reforms will commence on 1 October 2021, seeking to facilitate a more efficient assessment of State significant development and infrastructure.

29 September 2021 - Knowledge

Victorian Government Bulletin

#Government

The lack of a clear blueprint for vaccination ‘passports’ that addresses public concerns around safety and security risks is undermining the implementation of vaccine mandates, warns the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.

27 September 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government

Australian Information Access Commissioners and Ombudsmen published an authoritative statement to promote the proactive release of information.

22 September 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

Legal representation in the QIRC – a recent case before the Industrial Court of Queensland provides guidance on applications for legal representation but says "it is mysterious why the QIRC does not have a broader discretion”.

21 September 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government, #Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

A panel of urban planning experts will explore how COVID-19 is shifting the parameters on how Australia’s future cities should look and examine whether it’s time to revisit some ideas from the past.