Reciprocal CPD Program for Government Lawyers

Reciprocal CPD Program for Government Lawyers

The Government Solicitors Committee in collaboration with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission introduced a Reciprocal CPD Program for State and NSW-based Commonwealth government agencies in 2013.

The program allows government solicitors from participating agencies* to register for in-house CPD programs hosted by other participating government agencies.

Registrations for all events will be processed by the host agency. If CPD sessions are rearranged or cancelled, the website will be updated as soon as possible and individual participants will be notified by the host agency. All government agencies are encouraged to join the program.

To participate in the program, each agency is asked to provide details of at least one CPD seminar per year. If your agency has a seminar to include, email:

CSO Client Seminar

Join us at the next CSO CPD Seminar on Administrative Law.


GIPA Act update
Kiri Mattes, Principal Solicitor
A review of recent cases relating to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Privacy law update
Tram Nguyen, Senior Solicitor
An overview of the key developments in NSW privacy law in 2019-2020.

How reviewable is an exercise of the prerogative of mercy?
Dr Amanda Sapienza, Senior Solicitor
A discussion of recent approaches to this question taken by various Australian courts, examining to what extent the traditional position of non-reviewability still holds.

Black lives matter: protest and public health in the Supreme Court
Chris Frommer, Senior Solicitor
An analysis of the administrative law issues arising in recent Supreme Court litigation concerning the authorisation of public assemblies under the Summary Offences Act 1988.

Event details

Date Wednesday 23 September
Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Format Livestream

Earn CPD points
If this seminar extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you can claim 1 CPD unit for each hour of attendance.

How to register

Email with your full name and department/agency name by Friday 18 September. We will send you a link for the livestream closer to the event.

Australian Government Solicitor - Government Law Group - Error or abuse? Misfeasance in public office

If they abuse their powers, Ministers and officials may be liable for damages under the tort of misfeasance in public office. But when will an exercise of power cross the line from error to abuse? And when might a court find the public official liable because they ‘turned a blind eye’ to the unlawfulness?

We discuss the recent decision in Plaintiff M83A/2019 v Morrison (No 2) [2020] FCA 1198, where the Federal Court summarily dismissed a representative action alleging misfeasance in public office by current and former Commonwealth Ministers and Secretaries in relation to regional processing in Nauru.

The recent decision in Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture [2020] FCA 732 will also be discussed – including how that case can be regarded in light of the decision in M83A.


Matthew Blunn
National Leader, Dispute Resolution


Tom Howe PSM QC
Chief Counsel, Dispute Resolution

Tim Begbie
Senior General Counsel

Melinda Jackson
Senior Lawyer

Event details

Date Thursday 24 September
Time 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Format Livestream
CPD 1 unit

How to register

Email by Tuesday 22 September 2020

General enquiries:
Tiff Brown