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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

03 August 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

Public authorities and private rights – when can a public authority fetter its discretion?

20 July 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

First it was fashion and haircuts, now it is contract clauses from the '80s. In this edition, we share tips for managing the re-emergence of rise and fall clauses in construction contracts.

06 July 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

Partner Christine Lithgow shares her reflections on reconciliation for NAIDOC Week 2022.

22 June 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

In this edition, we unpack the current regulations regarding pork barrelling at both the federal and state levels of government and the changes that may lie ahead.

09 June 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

Under an updated wage policy announced by the NSW Government, the wages of public sector workers in NSW will be capped at a 3 per cent increase in the next two financial years. In this edition, we take a close look at the increase and how unions are reacting to the news.

08 June 2022 - Knowledge

QIRC affirms former Department of Education Deputy Director-General guilty of misconduct

#Workplace Relations & Safety, #Government

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has affirmed the findings that the former Department of Education Deputy Director-General had engaged in misconduct in the principal appointment scandal at the new state secondary college in Brisbane’s inner south.

01 June 2022 - Knowledge

Workplace relations and safety laws under the new federal government

#Workplace Relations & Safety, #Government

With the Australian Labor Party forming a majority government, employers and employees can expect to see a raft of labour law reforms at the federal level. This article explores some of the most significant proposed changes, including proposals to amend the Fair Work Act to provide greater protections for labour hire, fixed term and casual employees.

25 May 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

In this edition, we set out the key concepts of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill which passed through parliament on 19 May 2022.

11 May 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

A wrap-up of the latest government news in NSW.

27 April 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Workplace Relations & Safety

A High Court decision confirms that the Industrial Relations Commission’s jurisdictional powers, including in relation to unfair dismissals, can extend to public servants who are covered by their own statutory regime.

27 April 2022 - Knowledge

High Court decides the Commissioner of Police’s decisions to medically retire police officers are not exempt from unfair dismissal

#Workplace Relations & Safety, #Government

This case raises interesting questions about statutory interpretation and the interaction between the Industrial Relations Act and other public sector legislation.

13 April 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government

A wrap-up of the latest government news in NSW.