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Government Lawyers Conference

Government Lawyers Conference

Date & TimeFriday 14 June 2019 9am–5pm
Format Conference





CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

2019 Conference Theme: Overcoming the Challenge of Change

Book before 10 May 2019 to receive a 20% off Early Bird discount!

Join us at Victoria’s premier annual CPD event for legal professionals in the government, policy and administrative spheres. This years’ conference will shed light on recent matters and changes occurring in this space and provide tips and tricks to assist you in negotiating the evolving public sector landscape. Hear from, and network with, experts in their field and fellow colleagues from a range of government departments. Whether you’re working in federal, state or local jurisdictions, or practicing in-house with government-funded corporations and universities, there’s something in this program for everyone.

Further details below.

Program Overview

  • Government Lawyers Conference - Friday 14 Jun
    • 8:30 AM Registration Begins
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote Address by IBAC Commissioner Hon Robert Redlich QC

      The impact of corruption is far reaching, with the erosion of public trust in the sector and your agency often irreparable. It is in everyone’s best interests to report it – but what can be done to encourage it?

      The Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission is tasked with identifying where and how public sector agencies can be vulnerable to corruption. With knowledge of these ‘red-flags’, you can better assess and manage your agency’s unique corruption risks.

      The IBAC Commissioner, The Hon Robert Redlich QC, will discuss how investigative and preventive measures have taken place in light of recent cases of corrupt activity.

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: The Hon Robert Redlich QC, IBAC Commissioner

    • 10:05 AM Morning Tea
    • 10:30 AM Panel Discussion | Navigating the Evolving Public Sector Landscape

      Lawyers working in the public sector are on the frontline and are often faced with unique challenges that are not encountered in a private firm environment.

      This interactive panel session provides government lawyers with insights on how to tackle emerging trends and resulting challenges that are encountered in the government sector. This includes advice on how to best manage interactions with non-solicitor managers and/or government solicitors working in non-traditional roles, as the public sector is opening up to enhancing the skills in its team by bringing in specialist knowledge.

      Compliance Area(s): Substantive Law, Practice Management & Business Skills

      Cathy Cato, Executive Director, Victorian Inspectorate

    • 11:30 AM Interpreting the Royal Commission into Family Violence

      The recent Family Violence Royal Commission resulted in a report with 227 recommendations, resulting in changes to Court practices, new information sharing regulations and major privacy and data protection implications.

      Gain valuable insights into the outcomes of a Royal Commission from this informative session that brings together key representatives from bodies that play a critical role in matters relating to Royal Commission into Family Violence, including monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations, and execution of reforms. You will also obtain a greater understanding of the legal implications of these reforms, the hurdles being dealt with, and how they are being overcome.

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

      Kerin Leonard, Director of Statewide Policy and Design, Family Safety Victoria
      Tim Cartwright APM, Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor

    • 12:30 PM Networking Lunch
    • 1:30 PM Procedural Fairness in the Victorian Integrity System

      Procedural Fairness requires that a person whose rights or interests may be affected by a government decision receive a fair and unbiased hearing before the decision is made. A Government agency that does not comply with procedural fairness requirements risks their decisions being ruled invalid by a court or tribunal even if the decision itself is appropriate.

      Within the Victorian Integrity System agencies have broad intrusive powers at their disposal. The Victorian Inspectorate has the function of monitoring integrity agencies' compliance with procedural fairness requirements in their dealings with persons subject to those powers.  

      In this practical session, the Inspector will describe the operation of procedural fairness requirements within the Victorian Integrity System and how the Victorian Inspectorate goes about its task.

      Compliance Area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: Eamonn Moran PSM QC, Inspector, Victorian Inspectorate

    • 2:30 PM Panel Discussion | Amendments to New Mandatory Procurements

      New government procurement policies are explicitly designed to prevent fraud, waste, corruption and local protectionism, while also enabling quality services and optimum value. 

      Addressing considerations, such as assurance of  transparency in works by an external service provider to how one can be sufficiently informed when entering into a procurement contract, this diverse panel will offer expert insights to help you deliver fit for purpose procurement outcomes for public sector clients:

      Discussion topics will include:

      • The new Local Jobs First Policy, which incorporates the former Victorian Industry Participation Policy and the Major Projects Skills Guarantee Policy
      • Recent revision of the Project Development and Construction Management Act, sitting under the ministerial directions for public construction procurement
      • Key legal considerations relating to social procurements

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law

      Matthew Taylor, Policy Manager, Strategic Sourcing, Department of Treasury and Finance
      Thomas Johnson, Manager, Local Jobs First, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

    • 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 4:00 PM Law and Technology – Has ethics been superseded?

      As technology becomes ever more interwoven into the public sector, extensions of ethical issues such as privacy concerns are becoming more commonplace. Misuse of technology could lead to sanctions, fines or even professional malpractice claims.

      Lawyers in the public sector have a real opportunity to be at the forefront of helping to identify and analyse new ethical issues.

      This session will discuss ethical dilemmas government lawyers can face when using technology and explain how they can be resolved using real-life case scenarios.

      Compliance Area(s): Ethics, Practice Management

      Presenter: Peter Francis, Partner, Maddocks

    • 5:00 PM Networking Drinks

Further Details

  • Full Description

    The LIV is pleased to announce that the Hon Robert Redlich QC, head of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), will launch this year’s conference with a keynote presentation discussing how investigative and preventive measures have taken place in light of recent cases.

    Keynote Presenter: The Hon Robert Redlich QC, IBAC Commissioner

    Following the keynote presentation, our exceptional presenters and panellists will draw on their extensive experience in government and policy to reflect on the conference theme, Overcoming the Challenge of Change, and bring you key strategies and practical tips for succeeding as a government lawyer.

    Register for this conference to find out the latest developments and updates that affect you, build your professional networks, and share challenges and best practice tips with other lawyers working in government and policy.

    Cap off an enlightening day with networking drinks from 5 to 6 pm.

  • Presenters

    The Hon Robert Redlich QC, IBAC Commissioner

    Cathy Cato, Executive Director, Victorian Inspectorate

    Kerin Leonard, Director of Statewide Policy and Design, Family Safety Victoria

    Tim Cartwright APM, Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor

    Eamonn Moran PSM QC, Inspector, Victorian Inspectorate

    Matthew Taylor, Policy Manager, Strategic Sourcing, Department of Treasury and Finance

    Thomas Johnson, Manager, Local Jobs First, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

    Peter Francis, Partner, Maddocks

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this conference, you will:

    • Assess and manage your agency’s and/or clients’ unique corruption risks
    • Adapt to the evolving professional demands of government lawyers
    • Apply sound reasoning to interpret Royal Commission recommendations and how they might affect your department
    • Enhance service to public sector clients by providing fit for purpose procurement outcomes
    • Collaborate with other colleagues within the public sector, sharing challenges, strategies and solutions