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Directorate of External Legal Services

The Department of Finance, in consultation with the Attorney General’s Department established a Whole of Government Legal Services Panel – SON3622041 (WOAG Legal Services Panel).  The WOAG Legal Services Panel commenced on 15 August 2019.

All requests for external legal services are centralised through Defence Legal.  The Directorate of External Legal Services is responsible for managing the procurement of external legal services from the WOAG Legal Services Panel on behalf of the Department of Defence, and the Australian Signals Directorate.  Engaging external legal services through direct sourcing or other panels may constitute a breach of the Legal Services Directions 2017.

The procurement of external legal services in Defence is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the DPPM, the Panel Head Agreement for the WOAG Legal Services Panel, as well as the Defence Terms and Conditions. 

The WOAG Legal Services Panel consists of five broad “Areas of Law”:

1.     Workplace, Industrial Relations and Compensation;
2.     Public Law;
3.     Corporate and Commercial;
4.     Property and Environment; and
5.     Litigation Specialisation.
 
Any enquiries regarding the WOAG Legal Services Panel should be directed to dels.defencelegal@defence.gov.au

Address
Department of Defence
Defence Legal – Directorate of External Legal Services
CP2-4-060
PO Box 7911
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

DELS Contact: (02) 6266 3617, email: dels.defencelegal@defence.gov.au