Government

MinterEllison represents over 200 different government departments, agencies and statutory authorities at federal, state/territory, and local government levels, throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.

We have a deep understanding of the political environment in which our government clients plan, implement policy, manage and deliver services. Our government experience of over 40 years allows us to partner with our various government clients to advise on particularly complex and sensitive matters.

We are members of many of the jurisdiction's legal panels, with the members of our teams chosen for their ongoing professional legal relationships with key stakeholders and their in-depth understanding of public sector issues and processes. Our substantial experience includes advising on major multi-million dollar projects that require cross-agency implementation through to assisting clients with their day-to-day procurement, employment and administrative law challenges, complex dispute resolution and whole-of-government initiatives – across all tiers of government.

18 March 2016

The Treasurer today announced that on and from 31 March 2016, the foreign investment rules will be amended so that all foreign investors need to seek and obtain prior Foreign Investment Review Board clearance before acquiring critical state-owned infrastructure.

16 April 2015

Yesterday the High Court of Australia upheld the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) does not have power to investigate allegations that Ms Cunneen counselled a person to lie to police. This decision has serious implications for past and future corruption investigations and inquiries.

17 December 2014

On Monday 15 December the Australian Government announced its 'Efficiency through Contestability Programme', as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Financial Outlook. Under the Programme the current functions of all Commonwealth entities will be reviewed, and some may be subjected to 'contestability' with a view to achieving better value for money.

30 June 2014

Following legislation being introduced and passed over the past two weeks, the much anticipated Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 comes into effect today. Commonwealth entities, be they corporate or non corporate, need to comply with the new PGPA regime.

20 June 2014

Yesterday the High Court delivered its highly anticipated decision in Williams v Commonwealth of Australia. The court unanimously held that the legislation is invalid in its operation with respect to a funding agreement between the Commonwealth and Scripture Union Queensland for the provision of chaplaincy services in schools.