Public Law and Government


What we do

The Public Law and Government Committee offers a forum for lawyers and students who have a keen interest in public law, including constitutional law, administrative law, and their interactions with other areas of law.

The committee facilitates discussion and regular updates on recent administrative and constitutional law developments including cases, policies, and legislation. The committee's members include solicitors who work in government roles, in private practice and in community legal centres, as well as barristers and academics. Members often work in very different areas, ranging from licensing and commercial work, through criminal law to environment and property, native title and human rights.

Our Initiatives 

  • The committee arranges guest speakers to attend its monthly meetings to provide individual practitioner perspectives about careers in administrative, constitutional or government law.
  • The committee runs annual events, such as ‘the Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Address’, ‘How to Get a Job in Government’, and the ‘Canberra Road Trip’.
  • The committee also conducts a skills series throughout the year where fellow practitioners conduct a short talk on skills in public law such as advocacy, legal writing and interpretation.

Who we are

Chair: Alana Rafter
Vice Chair: Michael Siciliano
Secretary: Madeleine Anthony

What’s happening

Sir Anthony Mason essay competition

Please visit our Facebook page to view our upcoming events

When do we meet?

Monthly - Third Wednesday 

17 February 2021 6:00pm

21 July 2021 6:00pm

17 March 2021 6:00pm

18 August 2021 6:00pm

21 April 2021 6:00pm

15 September 2021 6:00pm

19 May 2021 6:00pm

20 October 2021 6:00pm

16 June 2021 6:00pm

17 November 2021 6:00pm