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Legal Stream

Legal Stream

As a Legal graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to work across areas of law like legal policy, policy advice, statutory interpretation, freedom of information, corporate and commercial law or dispute resolution and litigation. Develop your legal career in the Australian Government with support from dedicated mentors, on-the-job learning and development opportunities and rotations throughout different work areas.

What will I do?

Legal Policy

The Legal Policy stream provides input into legal policy or the administration of legal policy within the Government. Work you could do includes:

  • Providing policy advice across Government to ensure decisions are lawful and strengthen policy outcomes to manage risk
  • Providing advice on administration of departmental policy
  • Examining and assessing legislation
  • Undertaking casework to support Australia’s law and justice frameworks
  • Administering and advising on legal or policy frameworks


Legal Practice

The Legal Practice stream provides the provision of legal advice and/or representation with Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) or as part of an in-house legal team within Commonwealth Government agencies. Work you could do includes:

  • Public law (administrative; freedom of information; privacy and public interest disclosure; human rights and discrimination; debt recovery)
  • Legislative development
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Corporate and commercial law (general contract law; procurement and tendering; governance and probity; financial services and consumer credit; insurance; intellectual property; media; information communication and technology; insolvency and bankruptcy)
  • Handling discovery in court proceedings
  • Alternative dispute resolution and litigation
  • Providing internal general counsel services to an agency/department

To be eligible for the Legal Practice Stream you either need to have completed or be willing to complete your Practical Legal Training and be admitted as a lawyer.