The VGSO runs regular seminars featuring experienced speakers, including members of the VGSO team and external experts from across the Victorian Public Sector.
Our free Monthly Seminar Series covers a diverse range of topics in a government-exclusive forum. The seminar topics are designed to address topical issues and also meet Continuing Professional Development requirements. We also run a number of bespoke events annually.
The aim of all events and seminars is to educate attendees of current and emerging legal issues of relevance to the public sector.
Progress and Future Directions for Victoria’s Cyber Strategy
An update from the Victorian Government Chief Information Security Officer, David Cullen who will be discussing the cyber security issues affecting the VPS.
Ethical considerations for in-house Government lawyers
On 30 March 2022, the VGSO will host a seminar on Ethical considerations for in-house Government lawyers.
Victorian Public Sector Employment and OHS Year in Review 22/23
The VGSO's Workplace Relations and Occupational Safety Branch invites you to our annual Year in Review webinar
The Ombudsman for Human Rights
Join us for our final VGSO Monthly Seminar, The Ombudsman for Human Rights
The trajectory of the quantum of civil claims (personal injury claims)
Explore the current and changing landscape of the quantum of civil claims from the perspective of the government insurer (VMIA), Crown Counsel and the solicitors managing a range of civil claims.
Let's talk about flex
In March 2021 a new flexible work policy was launched to embed flexible work in the Victorian Public Service (VPS).
OHS Masterclass series
OHS Masterclass series developed and run by the Workplace Relations and OH&S Branch specifically for the Victorian Public Sector will comprise of five 1 hour training sessions.
Back and Vaxxed - the workplace in the New Normal
With Pandemic Order restrictions relaxing, many workers are venturing back to the workplace. This raises questions about vaccination requirements and a safe return to the workplace.
Contemporary issues in freedom of information
The VGSO will host a monthly seminar to explore the legal and practice issues of Freedom of Information (FOI) in a government environment.
A digital future: The changing landscape of identity verification in Victoria
This 1 hour online panel session, chaired and facilitated by Alex Murphy, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor at the VGSO, will explore the changing landscape of identity verification in Victoria
Workplace culture - an OHS issue you can't ignore
A positive workplace culture is so much more than fostering a productive, engaged and collegiate working environment
Ethics for government lawyers in the pandemic: A panel discussion
On 28 February 2022, the VGSO will host a panel discussion to explore ethical issues and ethical considerations which can and should arise within the practice of law.
Data security risk in the Victorian Public Sector
Discussing responsibilities of agencies to secure their data under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, Health Records Act 2001 and the Victorian Protective Data Security Framework and Standards.
Victorian Public Sector employment and OHS year in review
Key employment and OHS decisions in 2021 and what should be on your radar for 2022.
Through the looking glass: An insight into coronial inquests and investigations
The Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office invites you to a webinar panel discussion to look into the ins and outs of coronial investigations and inquests in Victoria.
Emerging issues in OHS: What should be on your radar
A discussion on emerging issues in occupational health and safety law and practice that should be on your radar.
Contaminated land duties in practice: understanding the new requirements for government landholders
A live seminar to discuss the new contaminated land duties in practice and assist you in understanding the new requirements for government landholders.
Key employment/OHS issues for the Victorian Public Sector
We employment/OHS law developments and decisions in 2020/2021 and their practical implications for the Victorian Public Sector.
Ethics: back to basics
A panel discussion to explore ethical issues and ethical considerations which can and should arise within the practice of law.
Looking back, looking forward: the practical role of the Charter throughout the pandemic
The role of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 in decision-making and service delivery throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The VPS cybersecurity landscape
2020 has seen many of us shift our work to an online setting, which means awareness of cybersecurity is more important now than ever.
The changing litigation landscape in Victoria: don't waste a crisis!
Hear from experienced VGSO solicitors about the changing litigation landscape in Victoria as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Silent no more! Shining the spotlight on sexual harassment
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins will discuss the Australian Human Rights Commission's groundbreaking report Respect@Work.
Stress, vicarious trauma and the work of government lawyers
What is the psychological impact of legal work? And what are the main drivers of stress among practising lawyers?
Regulatory investigations: key lessons for regulators
Our presenters will discuss recent decisions delivered by the High Court of Australia relevant to government agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution of regulatory offences.
Victoria's new workplace manslaughter offences: what you need to know
New laws will create two new indictable offences of 'workplace manslaughter' under the 'Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004' (Vic) (OHS Act).
Climate change: what responsibilities does the public sector have?
Experienced professionals from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning discuss Victorian Public Sector duties in relation to climate change.
Reviewed 08 May 2023