GOV1 Foundations of Government and Public Sector Law

GOV1 Foundations of Government and Public Sector Law


The subject aims to provide an orientation to and awareness of the role of the government lawyer, and an opportunity to enhance and apply the practical knowledge and skills required by government lawyers.

At the end of this subject you will be able to:

  • understand the role of government lawyers in different contexts
  • explain the ethical framework and professional responsibilities of government lawyers
  • avoid or manage conflicts of interest
  • identify the client in the public sector context
  • distinguish between policy development and legal advice
  • understand the parliamentary process
  • understand the principles of accountability in government
  • manage public sector records
  • deal with Freedom of Information requests
  • understand the principles of government contracting and procurement, and apply the principles of government legal work in a practical way.



Topics in this subject include:

  • Understanding the role of the government lawyer
  • Understanding professional responsibility
  • Distinguishing between policy development and legal advice
  • Dealing with parliamentary process
  • Drafting for the government lawyer
  • Dealing with freedom of information
  • Managing public sector records
  • Understanding administrative law and accountability
  • Understanding contracts and procurement and financial accountability



How to enrol

1. Download and read the Program Manual (PDF).
This document contains all the terms and conditions relating to your enrolment at The College of Law.

2. Decide on your program and initial subject/s

3. Enrol online



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