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Office of Legal Services Coordination

The Office of Legal Services Coordination works to make sure Australian Government agencies receive consistent and well-coordinated legal services.

Legal services should:

  • be of a high standard
  • uphold the public interest
  • be sensitive to the context that Commonwealth interests may be broader than those of any one agency.

We also administer the Legal Services Directions 2005.

More information about the services we provide and our responsibilities can be found by following the links below:

Service of court documents on the Commonwealth

Section 63 of the Judiciary Act 1903 provides that where the Commonwealth is a party to a suit, a process in that suit is to be served on the Attorney-General, or upon some person appointed by him or her to receive service.

Service can be effected on the Commonwealth at the locations listed in the following document:

Law firms providing legal services to the Commonwealth or its agencies may apply to the Office of Legal Services Coordination to be appointed to receive service on behalf of the Commonwealth under the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cwlth). Guidance note 9 to the Legal Services Directions 2005 provides an indication of what issues an application for appointment should address.