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Government Lawyers Conference

Date & TimeTBC
Format Webinar
Price

Member

$495.00

Non-Member

$650.00

CPD Units 6
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Practice Management & Business Skills
  • Substantive Law
Venue Online, Digital Delivery View Map

Exclusive LIV Member Early Bird Price: 
Register for $360 when you book online by 12 June*

Collaborating for a futureproofed public sector

From the catastrophic bushfires experienced across the country to the current COVID-19 crisis, the need for the public sector to come together and discuss futureproofed policies, processes and systems has never been more important. The 2020 conference addresses issues and concerns that have been front of mind. Hear from, and interact with, experts in the field and fellow attendees through an interactive digital platform.

Further details below. Can't make the full conference? Registration for the morning sessions only here.

NOTE: Online registration closes 12 hours before this event begins. To book after online registration has closed phone 03 9607 9473 or email register@liv.asn.au.

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Program Overview

  • WEBINAR | Government Lawyers Conference - Friday 19 Jun
    • 9:00 AM Conference Opening and Welcome
    • 9:05 AM Keynote – Opening Address by the Attorney-General, The Honourable Jill Hennessy
    • 9:35 AM Keynote – Rapidly Responding to Change: The public sector stepping out into a ‘Brave New World’ post COVID-19

      The United Nations recently stated COVID-19 presents a risk to key dimensions of national institutions including, ‘limiting transparency and access to information, eroding safeguards to accountability including integrity violations, fraud corruption, and restricting participation and engagement’.

      As the health and financial impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to unfold, public sector organisations have had to quickly adapt to rapid changes to their working and operational environments.

      These changes have accelerated opportunities for the public sector to innovate and evolve in order to minimise the impact of the pandemic and future emergencies on the community. These responses also raise issues for record keeping, access to information, information privacy and data security and government transparency during a crisis.

      This session will provide an insight into how the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner has adapted in order to continuing regulating how the Victorian public sector collects, uses and shares information. It will also provide practical insights to assist your agency or clients to comply with their statutory obligations, including under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) and Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

      Compliance Area: Substantive Law / Practice Management

      Keynote Speaker: Joanne Kummrow, Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, Accredited Specialist, Administrative Law

       

    • 10:15 AM Morning Tea Break
    • 10:30 AM Climate & Environmental Emergency & the Public Sector Response

      The impact of the summer bushfires continues for many Victorians. With the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (postponed from 1 July 2020 to 1 July 2021), the public sector will be better equipped than ever to meet the environmental challenges facing Victoria and prevent harm to the environment and public health.

      Discover how the Environment Protection Authority Victoria will work together with other key public sector departments and local councils to implement risk management strategies by issuing stronger sanctions and penalties.

      Also gain unique insights on the general environmental duty (GED) and the impact it will have on your clients especially as it is criminally enforceable.

      Compliance area: Substantive Law / Practice Management

      Presenters:

      • Louise Paech, Assistant General Counsel, EPA
      • Indra Soysa, Principal Solicitor, EPA

       

    • 11:15 AM Wellbeing Break
    • 11:20 AM Policies & Regulation in Action: Now and tomorrow

      An emergency is accompanied by considerable social and economic disruption, largely effecting people’s work and their finances. 

      In this session, we bring together representatives from Worksafe Victoria and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, where they will highlight their priorities over the coming months and what this means for you and your practice. This interactive session will also analyse the future issues and legal implications that may arise from the policies being implemented for the short-term and discuss how you might deal with it.  

      Compliance area: Substantive Law / Practice Management

      Presenters:

      • Tom Lynch, Legal Counsel, WorkSafe Victoria
      • Warren Day, Regional Commissioner – Victoria, Executive Director, Assessment and Intelligence, ASIC
    • 12:20 PM Lunch & Networking
      Breakout rooms will be open during the lunch break so you may network and discuss the morning sessions with fellow participants. Turn on your camera and microphone to participate.
    • 12:50 PM Innovation in Motion

      The recent crisis’ has forced us to adapt to technology and operate business as usual in ways like never before. For the public sector, it’s made challenging given the siloed platforms that prevent collaboration, highlighting critical gaps in the sharing of data.

      Discover how the Public Sector Innovation Branch is supporting this new world of work in this interactive session.

      Share your unique challenges, from systems to knowledge management, and walk away with key insights on overcoming them by putting innovative processes in practice.

      Compliance area: Practice Management

      Presenter: Fiona Grinwald, Director, Public Sector Innovation, Department of Premier and Cabinet

    • 1:30 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 1:40 PM Treaty – Context, Issues & Future Challenges

      As the Treaty advancement process enters its exciting next phase and public sector organisations commit to self-determination in their work with Aboriginal communities, this session will provide a holistic overview of the Treaty including:

      • Understanding the treaty context and timeline in Victoria
      • The role of the First Peoples’ Assembly
      • The treaty legislative framework – including Treaty Elements & Guiding Principles
      • How to put the Guiding Principles into action
      • The big legal issues – including sovereignty
      • Challenges for the future

      Compliance area: Substantive Law

      Presenter: Elly Patira, Executive Director, Treaty, Department of Premier & Cabinet

    • 2:30 PM Afternoon Tea
    • 2:40 PM Pressure-Proofing Strategies for the Public Sector

      Government Lawyers frequently cite ‘conflicting priorities’ as their biggest challenge, which is further magnified in the current circumstances. While you may not be able to reduce your workload or commitments, effective time management strategies can help you achieve improved outcomes for your clients which can also lead to a greater job satisfaction, lower stress and better overall mental health.
      Discover the correlation between successful time management and the perception of time, whilst learning strategies to maximise your productivity and wellbeing.

      Compliance area: Professional Skills

      Presenter: Desi Vlahos, Legal Practitioner and Lecturer, College of Law

    • 3:40 PM Wellbeing Break
    • 3:45 PM Ethical Dilemmas in the Evolving Government Sector Landscape

      Michael will deliver a one-hour, highly interactive seminar on the typical ethical issues encountered by government lawyers. Topics discussed will include your duty to the court and administration of justice, who is your client, maintaining integrity and independence, protecting client legal privilege, avoiding conflict of interest, and what it means to be a model litigant. Michael will engage the audience by posing a series of de-identified, real life ethical dilemmas and will encourage members of the audience to discuss and debate the best practice solution to each dilemma.

      In a speech given on 23 June 2017, former Victorian Chief Justice The Hon. Marilyn Warren AC said:

      “Government lawyers are advisers to the government but not part of it. The role is fundamental to the rule of law. While closely associated with government, government lawyers remain fundamentally separate from it and provide the first check on any abuse of executive power….The role of the government lawyer is important. It matters. Governments may make ‘political’ mistakes with legal consequences. The role of the government lawyer is to provide strong, sometimes courageous, accurate and independent legal advice.”

      Compliance area: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

      Presenter: Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

    • 4:45 PM Webinar Close

Further Details

  • Full Description

    *Exempt from the Early Bird offer are CLC, YL and Accredited Specialist members. The registration fee for these membership categories is $338.

    It’s a critical time for Victoria’s 300,000 strong public sector as we experience back-to-back emergencies and the legislative changes and challenges that come with it. From the catastrophic bushfires at the start of this year to the current COVID-19 crisis, the need to come together and discuss futureproof policies, processes and systems is more important than ever.

    As a government lawyer, it’s critical to keep your finger on the pulse of key issues and developments and contribute to proactive solutions for the betterment of your wellbeing, your clients and the community.

    In such unprecedented times, the LIV is proud to continue to run Victoria’s premier annual conference for legal professionals in the government, policy and administrative spheres in a digital format. This years’ program will cover topical issues such as the future implications of environment and emergency management along with efficient solutions using technology to respond to changing circumstances.

    Hear from experts in the field and interact with them along with fellow colleagues from a range of government departments through an interactive digital platform. 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.

    Digital Conference Experience & Inclusions

    This flagship conference has been adapted to offer the same learning experience via an interactive digital format. What does that mean?

    • Enjoy opportunities to ask questions and interact with our presenters and other attendees via polls, Q&As and digital breakout rooms
    • We've scheduled short breaks following each speaker so you can get up and stretch your legs
    • All registrants are emailed supplementary reading material, including PowerPoint presentations used by speakers, following the conference
    • All registrants receive a recording of the conference

    "The annual government lawyers conference is a stand-out event for me every year, where I not just gain CPD points for all the essential areas, but get together and enjoy a drink and networking afterwards."

    Vanessa Twigg, Principal Legal Advisor, Victorian Ombudsman  


    Important Information

    Online registrations close 12 hours before this event begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on phone 03 9607 9473 or email register@liv.asn.au  

     

     

  • Presenters

    The Hon Jill Hennessy MP, Victorian Attorney-General, Minister for Workplace Safety & Minister for the Coordination of Justice and Community Safety: COVID-19

    Joanne Kummrow, Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, Accredited Specialist, Administrative Law

    Louise Paech, Assistant General Counsel, EPA

    Indra Soysa, Principal Solicitor, EPA

    Tom Lynch, Legal Counsel, WorkSafe Victoria

    Warren Day, Regional Commissioner – Victoria, Executive Director, Assessment and Intelligence, ASIC

    Fiona Grinwald, Director, Public Sector Innovation, Department of Premier and Cabinet

    Elly Patira, Executive Director, Treaty, Department of Premier & Cabinet

    Desi Vlahos, Legal Practitioner and Lecturer, College of Law

    Michael Dolan, Special Counsel, Ethics and Professional Practice, Law Institute of Victoria

  • Webinar – Important Information

    LIV webinars offer an interactive learning experience – wherever you are, from any device – and are run through Zoom. Register as you would any of our other in-person education and we’ll send you the webinar link and log in details the morning of the event date.

    Please Note: Instructions are sent to the primary email address linked to your LIV account. If you do not receive an email from us, check the contact details in your LIV profile to confirm the correct email. If you have not received instructions from us within an hour of the event, please contact the events team on email register@liv.asn.au or phone 03 9607 9473.

    For additional information on LIV webinars, see our Frequently Asked Questions.