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.

Acquisition of the Mermaid Marine Supply Base from MMA Offshore

Advised Toll in relation to its strategic acquisition from MMA Offshore of the Mermaid Marine supply base and logistics supply base business for approximately $44 million. The acquisition of assets included property leases, inventory, plant and equipment, leased equipment and statutory licences.

Merger of Ergon and Energex

Advised on all aspects of the merger between State-owned energy companies Ergon Energy and Energex, including review of legislation, development of implementation plans, due diligence and establishment of relevant corporate entities.

$310 million Berth 8 and 10 upgrade at Port of Townsville

Port of Townsville Limited has commenced an expansion of the Port of Townsville to address current capacity constraints and accommodate forecast growth in trade over a planning horizon to 2040.  We are assisting the Port of Townsville Limited in all matters associated with the $310 million upgrade of two major berths at the Townsville port including the project delivery method which is now proposed to be a competitive ECI. This project involves reclamation, general construction and upgrading of facilities.

Railcorp Reform Program and rail access arrangements

Advised Railcorp and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on rail access arrangements and related issues associated with the Railcorp Reform Program and the establishment of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. This included reviewing and amending the standard rail access agreement to take account of the changed arrangements between RailCorp, TfNSW and Sydney Trains and the requirements of the Rail Safety National Law as well as assisting with negotiations with rail operators. We also assisted with rail access arrangements for Sydney Trains and NSW Trains to the NSW rail network and ARTC network.

Ord East Kimberley Project

Advising the State of Western Australia, in partnership with the State Solicitor’s Office, on all aspects of the negotiations between the State and China’s Shanghai Zhongfu Group. The project has been described as the most significant development in the Ord in more than 30 years. Our role included advising on all aspects of the matter, including land tenure and environmental issues, tendering and procurement, project agreement negotiations and a range of other issues. A significant part of Adam’s role included assisting with the coordination of a whole of Government approach to the negotiations.