About us

AGS is a group within the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department providing legal services to government, a role that we have fulfilled since Federation and our sole reason for existing.

As the Australian Government's central legal service, AGS is a centre of excellence and expertise in areas of law of importance to the Commonwealth and in managing complex, systemic and precedential issues for the Commonwealth.

AGS supports strategic priority 1 in the Department's Corporate Plan: Supporting the Attorney-General as First Law Officer, including by providing high-quality legal services to the Commonwealth.

Our long experience in working with government agencies means we understand the Government's legislative and regulatory frameworks, policy objectives and key programs.

We work with client agencies to deliver outcomes and minimise legal risk by providing high-quality advice and representation and timely, reliable service. We have the expertise, the corporate memory and the resources to do this in a way no other legal practice can.

AGS is one of Australia's largest national legal services providers, with offices in every capital city and approximately 350 lawyers who cover some 40 different areas of law related to government.

Legislative framework

AGS's legislative framework has 3 main elements:

  • The Judiciary Act 1903
  • The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act)
  • The Judiciary Amendment Bill 2015

Corporate governance

The Australian Government Solicitor is Michael Kingston. The AGS Management Committee is an internal governance committee that advises and assists the Australian Government Solicitor in managing AGS. See our organisation chart.

As a practice, AGS is structured into 3 groups which work together on complex matters that require expertise across several areas of law:

Visit our areas of law for details of AGS's expertise and experience.

Working with you

Providing excellent client service is extremely important to AGS.

Our Client Service Managers are the main contact for clients about any matter or aspect of our service delivery. Their role is to ensure that your needs are met efficiently and effectively and that your experience with AGS is the best it can be.