Paul Kenny talks about the areas of significant growth in the Government sector, especially revolving around infrastructure creation through the Asset Recycling Agreement and the challenges of regulatory and legislative reform required to underpin these public asset sales. He also discusses the issue of government outsourcing, and the challenges and opportunities these activities will generate.
Government departments, agencies and statutory authorities have an expanding and critical influence upon Australia's corporate landscape.
Allens has extensive experience and has advised governments around Australia on some of the country's most complex reform, infrastructure development, divestment and privatisation projects. In many cases, we have been involved in developing novel and innovative approaches to assist in the delivery of public sector projects that were the first of their type. Allens has also advised a number of foreign governments, including the Government of the Philippines, the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Indonesian Government and the Papua New Guinea Government, on a range of transactions, capacity building and public policy assignments.
Government – A different dimension
Our team understands government processes and drivers. We understand the importance of the political environment for our government clients and we know how government processes differ from private sector transactions. We know how to work with government clients, and the complex stakeholder environments in which they operate. Our team is experienced in balancing policy, market, legal, commercial, regulatory and logistical issues. We use this knowledge to help our clients achieve their objectives – whether they be to achieve legislative and regulatory reforms, value for money procurements or the delivery of major transactions on time and within budget.
Our government services
We advise our government sector clients on the full spectrum of legal issues they are likely to face, including:
- assisting with public sector projects such as privatisations, major infrastructure and procurement projects;
- developing policy and implementing legislative and regulatory reforms;
- working with regulatory bodies on the application of regulatory schemes;
- advising on the legislative frameworks within which statutory authorities and other government bodies operate;
- advising on public law matters including constitutional and administrative law issues; and
- acting on litigious matters including commissions and inquiries.
We also act for many private sector clients doing business with government. This gives us a clear understanding of the priorities, practices and expectations of the private sector in their dealings with government entities.
Case study: Government Wireless Network
The deal: A $457 million project procurement to deliver an enhanced digital radio voice and narrowband data communications network for Queensland's police, fire and ambulance services.
Phases of project:Technology, media and telecommunications, infrastructure, government, finance.
The significance: A first-of-its-kind project procurement for the Queensland Government, which was completed at least six months earlier than typically achieved under National PPP Guidelines.
Benefits: Replacing an outdated and inefficient analogue system for Queensland's public service agencies with digital wireless network services. The GWN will be in place for the 2014 G20 meetings in Brisbane and Cairns.
Case study: Queensland Schools II PPP
The deal: Advising the Plenary Schools consortium on the winning tender for the Queensland Schools II Project.
Phases of project: Equity investment, debt financing, construction, maintenance, planning and property issues, regulatory issues.
The significance: This was the second-fastest PPP in Australia to get from bid to close.
Benefits: Delivery of 10 new schools across multiple sites in southeast Queensland's high-growth corridor on a tight construction program.
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