Essentials for the VPS Series

Statutory Interpretation

Read, Understand, Apply

Government lawyers often face the task of interpreting statutory provisions.  Leaving aside the rare case where there has been an authoritative judicial decision on the legislation, determining meaning can be difficult.  The High Court has told us many times that statutory construction ‘starts and ends with the text’.  But what does this mean?  And what do you do in the middle?  
This workshop will break down statutory construction into practical steps.  It will explain the principles of statutory interpretation, the meaning of legislative intention, the place for interpretation legislation and the importance of the constitutional framework. It is aimed at Government lawyers seeking to learn or to refresh their knowledge of the principles of statutory interpretation.  

Places at this workshop are strictly limited. Please register soon to secure your place.

Cost: $200 per participant (+GST)

Date: Monday 2 December 2019

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm (lunch served from 12:15pm)

Venue: Boardroom A, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

CPD: 1 Unit Professional Skills, 0.5 Unit Substantive Law

Registration: ua.vog.civ.osgvb08354f3688c4e4e8c52c207d7d5b8c3@b08354f3688c4e4e8c52c207d7d5b8c3maet.gnitekram

About your presenters

Mark Egan, Principal Solicitor
Mark is a Principal Solicitor in VGSO’s Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment team. His practice has a particular focus on assisting government with statutory approvals and powers in the delivery of government projects. Mark has significant expertise and experience in statutory interpretation and administrative law and regularly assists government clients to understand and use powers under project delivery legislation. 
Julia Freidgeim, Senior Solicitor
Julia is a Senior Solicitor in VGSO’s Constitution and Advice team. Julia has particular expertise in providing advice and conducting litigation on questions of constitutional law, statutory interpretation, human rights, administrative decision-making and other public law matters. Her extensive experience in government law, combined with her ability to interpret complex legislation, enables her to assist government clients to resolve difficult issues and to understand legislative requirements and powers.

About VGSO's Essentials for the VPS Series

‘Essentials for the VPS’ is an educational series designed for new members of the Victorian Public Service (less than 5 years of service). Throughout the series, experienced VGSO lawyers will deliver interactive workshops on fundamental legal topics to audiences of up to 20-40 people.
Each session will be structured so as to provide attendees with essential knowledge regarding key areas of law and is therefore suitable for those with beginner to intermediate skill in the relevant area. 
Monday 12:15PM 02 Dec 19 2019
12:15pm - 2:00pm