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:


Keep an eye on this page for upcoming reciprocal CPD sessions.


Powers and protections for obtaining and using information

A complex array of powers and constraints apply to the Commonwealth in its daily obtaining and use of information. These include statutory information-gathering powers, common la privileges, parliamentary privilege, and the Harman obligation.

When and how these apply can be easily misunderstood and have serious consequences for investigations, administrative action and litigation, as well as for the individuals undertaking that work.

This GLG guide Commonwealth officers and lawyers through some significant recent developments in these areas.

Chair - Kristy Alexander | Senior Executive Lawyers

Presenters - Tim Begbie | Chief Counsel A/g
                       Peter Melican | Senior Executive Lawyer


  • Date: Thursday 8 November 2018
  • Time: 4.30pm-5.30pm | followed by refreshments
  • Venue: AGS Sydney, Level 42, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place
  • Contact: Fiona Smith | | Contact by Thursday 1 November 2018
  • CPD: 1 Unit



Client Seminar Serie

Join us at our next Client Seminar, hosted by the Government Law practice group.

Earn CLE points: If this seminar is relevant to your professional development and practice of law, you can claim 1.5 CLE points for the vent. For those of you unable to attend in person, the seminar will also be broadcast as a live webinar.

Please share this invitation with colleagues, and we look forward to you joining us.


  1. New public finance legislation: the ship of State's keep Michael Granziera, Senior Director.
  2. Parliamentary sovereignty and executive power Tom Chisholm, Senior Solicitor.
  3. Constitutional law update Megan Caristo, Senior Solicitor.


  • ​​​​​​​Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018.
  • Time: 3:30pm to 5pm | Light refreshments will be served after the presentations for those attending in person.
  • Venue: Warrane Teathre, Museum of Sydney - Corner of Bridge St and Philip St, Sydney | Easy access by public transport (one block back from Circular Quay, which is serviced by trains, buses and ferries). See the museum's Getting Here page for map and more details.
  • Join via live webinar: Log in from your desktop or mobile device.

How to register

  • For the seminar: Email with your full name, email, address and department/agency by Friday 9 November 2018.
  • For webinar: Register online here please check prior to the webinar that your IT security will not block the broadcast.