Meyer Vandenberg provides a comprehensive program of legal training courses for both lawyers and non-lawyers.

We offer practical, innovative and cost-effective training solutions which are directly relevant to your business.

Why agencies choose Meyer Vandenberg to meet their legal training needs

  • Quality – experience quality of content and dynamic presenters.
  • Convenience – we can present at your premises at times suitable to you or choose to attend our state of the art training facilities (free of charge).
  • Relevance – stay up to date on the latest legal developments affecting your agency and portfolio.
  • Cost effective – training is an investment, so it needs to deliver a return to your business. Our training is affordable, flexible and saleable to your needs.
  • Claim CLE – our courses attract CLE points.

Our Courses

Choose from our most popular half day (3 hour) and full day (6 hour) courses:

  • Statutory Interpretation (half day)
  • Delegations and Authorisations (half day)
  • Commonwealth Grant programs  (full day)
  • Probity Fundamentals (half day)
  • Introduction to Freedom of Information (full day)
  • Privacy Law and the Australian Privacy Principles (full day)
  • Responding to Subpoenas (half day)
  • Essentials for the Government Lawyer (full day)
  • Advice writing (half day)
  • Commonwealth procurement and contracting

Our Government training courses are capped at 18 people and include morning and afternoon tea.

Half day 3 hours

9:30-12:30       $370 (ex GST)

Full day 6 hours

9:30am – 3:30pm      $640 (ex GST)

*We offer a 10% discount for bookings of 2 or more participants from the same organisation.

Customised Training

Need a customised training solution? Our customised workshops offer:

  • Lower cost per attendee.
  • Privacy — No need for hypotheticals. Our trainers can focus on your real problems in a confidential environment.
  • Scalable, highly targeted content.
  • Can be delivered at your premises or ours.

Get in touch

Robert Starke
(02) 6279 4386

  • Common law principles
  • Acts Interpretation Act 1901 Cth
  • Recent High Court cases
  • Use of extrinsic materials

Suitable for graduates and new lawyers. Standard delivery, 3 hours.

  • Delegations vs Authorisations
  • Express power
  • Implied power
  • Section 34 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (Cth)
  • The Carltona principle
  • Form of instruments

Suitable for new to intermediate lawyers. Standard delivery, 3 hours.

  • Grants vs procurements
  • Commonwealth Grant Guidelines
  • Obligations to Ministers
  • Mitigating legal and program risk

Suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers. Standard delivery, 3 hours.

  • What is probity?
  • Commonwealth policy
  • The probity plan
  • The role of the probity adviser
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Key probity protections

Suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers. Standard delivery, 3 hours.

  • Walk through the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth)
  • FOI procedures
  • Key exemptions
  • The publication process
  • The role of the Australian Information Commissioner

Suitable for new lawyers and FOI co-ordinators and administrators. Standard delivery 3 hours.

  • Walkthrough the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
  • Collection of personal information
  • Storage of personal information
  • Use and disclosure
  • Mandatory data breach reporting
  • The role of the Privacy Commissioner

Suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers. Standard delivery, 6 hours.

  • Content and form requirements
  • Procedures for responding
  • Grounds for setting aside
  • Public interest privilege
  • Legal professional privilege

Suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers. Standard delivery, 3 hours.

  • Overview of the Commonwealth financial framework (PGPA Act and Rules)
  • Commonwealth procurement and contracting
  • The Legal Services Directions and dispute resolution
  • Public sector employment
  • Decision making and approvals

Suitable for graduates and lawyers new to the Government. Standard delivery, 6 hours.

  • Solving the problem
  • Practice vs theory
  • What makes a great legal advice
  • Research and analysis
  • Client reception

Suitable for new and intermediate lawyers. Standard delivery, 3 hours.

  • Walkthrough of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules
  • Procurement methodology and planning
  • The approach to market and form of contract
  • Austender
  • Evaluation of tenders
  • Approval and awarding contracts

Suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers.  Standard delivery, 6 hours.