National / ACT

Robodebt Royal Commission Part 2 – Issues for government lawyers, an online seminar

Justice David Mossop, Prof Gabrielle Appleby, Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, and Mike Wait SC

Thursday, 7 December 2023

By Zoom, commencing at 5.30pm (AEDT) (Qld 4:30pm; SA 5:00pm; WA 2:30pm) 

The Robodebt Royal Commission reported in July 2023. The Report raises a plethora of issues for Government lawyers, including: 

·         Is advice “just advice” or can the provision of advice constrain Government action?

·         When, if ever, should advice be given by reference to legal risk?

·         Is it appropriate to circulate draft advice and, if so, when?

·         Are there lessons to be learned about the structure of government legal services and the oversight role of the Attorney-General?

This seminar is the second in a number of seminars which the AIAL will hold to consider the Report.


Justice David Mossop, is a judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT and has recently written about the propriety of a risk-based approach to the provision of legal advice to government.

Professor Gabrielle Appleby, is one of Australia’s leading public law academics and has written widely about the role of government lawyers.

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, appeared as counsel for the Commonwealth before the Robodebt Royal Commission and is Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Bar Regulation Committee.

Chair: Mike Wait SC, is the Solicitor-General for South Australia and has served as a Government lawyer for 20 years in a number of capacities including solicitor, Crown Counsel and Crown Solicitor.


Admission is free, but please book via the TryBooking link:

  Inquiries can be directed to the AIAL Secretariat on 02 6290 1505 or at

CLE/CPD points are available if this webinar is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional   development and practice of the law. Please contact your local law society for further details.

Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL)

PO Box 83 DEAKIN WEST  ACT  2600

Ph:   02 6290 1505; Fax: 02 6290 1580