Meyer Vandenberg is proud to have advised Government at Commonwealth, State and Territory level for over 40 years

As Canberra’s largest independent law firm, our Government Team is second to none.

The MV Difference

  • We are Canberra’s largest local law firm and provide specialised advice drawing upon a depth of practice, rather than sending queries and overflow work interstate and having lawyers outside the market advise.
  • We understand the ethical and accountability requirements of government.
  • You don’t waste money paying for the overheads and harbour view of national and international firms.
  • Our clients tell they return to us every time for our reputation for providing commercially sensible advice in a timely manner.
  • We know our business and we have the legal credibility the government seeks.

Key Issues for Government

People empowerment

Information technology is revolutionising the relationship between government and the public. The public generates a prodigious amount of content in blogs, forums and social media and they expect to engage with agencies online with information/access available 24/7. This is having a profound effect on how the public service is structured and delivers services.

Doing more with less

With recruitment freezes and a continuous drive for savings agencies must continue to innovate to deliver core services. Agencies are recognising that technology as an enabler can only go so far with productivity gains being driven by behavioural change and the move towards a more agile and flexible workforce.

Our Clients

We have a considerable depth of expertise in the Government sector across in advising Departments and Agencies including:

Department of Education

Contract and probity for the Commonwealths 3rd largest ($1.2 Billion ) outsourced services procurement.

Department of Industry

Advised on the $250 million Biomedical Transfer Fund

Department of Health

Advised on significant privacy considerations associated with Australia's new digital health records system including legislative drafting

Department of Defence

We are appointed to the Departments Probity Panel for Capital Infrastructure.

Department of Human Services

Providing Freedom of Information and Privacy advice on an ongoing basis.

Commonwealth government

Commonwealth Government clients can easily procure legal services from Meyer Vandenberg under the Commonwealth procurement framework via Meyer Vandenberg’s appointment to the following Commonwealth legal panels:

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – General Legal Advisory Panel and Legal Secondment Services Panel
  • Department of Home Affairs – Legal Secondment Services Panel
  • Department of Human Services – Legal Secondment Services Panel

Organisations within the same portfolio as the agencies above can engage Meyer Vandenberg directly through a work order under that panel.

Organisations who are not members of the same portfolio as the agencies above are entitled to ‘piggy back’ off those panels. Please contact us for details about the one-step process to do this.

Organisations may also engage Meyer Vandenberg directly at any time using a contract of their choosing.

Cessation of the LSMUL

From 1 July 2018, Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL) requirements no longer apply to external legal services. Meyer Vandenberg was previously appointed to all three categories of law (Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Government and Administrative Law; and Corporate and Commercial Law) under the LSMUL.

State and Territory and Local Governments

Agencies and entities of State and Territory and Local Governments may engage Meyer Vandenberg directly at any time using a contract of their choosing.


Our contact point to discuss Government inquiries is Partner Geoff Adams, Government Industry Group Leader. Geoff can be contacted directly on (02) 6279 4377 or via email:

Commonwealth government

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