CPD Points Requirements for Lawyers

 

All Australian lawyers are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year. Also referred to as continuing legal education (CLE), the specific rules regarding CPD vary between the different jurisdictions, but almost all lawyers are required to earn CPD points in four mandatory competency areas - Ethics CPDProfessional Skills CPDPractice Management CPD and Substantive Law. LawCPD’s interactive online CPD courses cover all four mandatory competency areas and a range of different areas of legal practice.

To make sure you are CPD compliant, check our state-by-state guide below.

 

 

 

New South Wales 

 

NSW lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and all 10 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All NSW lawyers must complete mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE), also known as continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their practising certificate. The NSW continuing legal education scheme for solicitors is set out in MCLE Rule 6.1 of the Legal Profession Uniform CPD Rules 2015.

Lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 legal CPD units each CPD year (1 April – 31 March) and must earn a minimum of one unit from each of the following four mandatory fields:

Under the Law Society of NSW CLE scheme, lawyers can earn 1 legal CPD unit per hour and all 10 legal CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses. This is because LawCPD's courses are classified as an interactive web based program under the CLE rules.

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Victoria 

 

Victorian lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All Victorian lawyers must complete mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their practising certificate.

Victorian lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 CPD points each CPD year (1 April – 31 March) and must earn a minimum of one point in each of the following four mandatory CPD areas:

Under the Law Institute of Victoria’s CPD scheme, lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses. This is because LawCPD's courses are classified as an interactive web based program under the legal CPD rules.

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Queensland 

 

Queensland lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All Queensland lawyers must complete mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their practising certificate.

Lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 legal CPD units each CPD year (1 April – 31 March) and must earn a minimum of one unit from each of the following three mandatory fields:

Under the Queensland Law Society’s CPD scheme, lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses. This is because LawCPD's courses are classified as a multimedia or web based program under the legal CPD rules.

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Western Australia 

 

WA lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

LawCPD is an approved QA provider of CPD for the legal profession in Western Australia. LawCPD’s online CPD courses are classified as an interactive electronic activity under the CPD rules.

All Western Australian lawyers must complete mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their practising certificate.

Under the CPD rules which came into effect on 1 April 2015, WA lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 CPD points each year (1 April to 31 March) , including a minimum of one CPD point in each of the mandatory competency areas listed below:

Under the Legal Profession Rules 2009, WA lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses. This is because LawCPD’s online courses are classified as an interactive electronic activity under the new CPD rules.

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South Australia 

 

South Australian lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 5 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All lawyers who hold a current SA practising certificate must complete mandatory continuing professional development (MCPD).

Lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 CPD units each CPD year (1 April – 31 March) and must complete at least one unit from each of the following three required areas each CPD year:

Under the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council Rules 2004 (LPEAC Rules), lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 5 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses.

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Australian Capital Territory 

 

ACT lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 10 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All lawyers who hold a current ACT practising certificate must complete mandatory continuing professional development (CPD).

Lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 CPD units each CPD year (1 April – 31 March) , and must earn a minimum of one CPD unit from each of the following four core CPD areas:

Under the ACT Law Society’s CPD scheme, lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 10 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses.

Learn More about the CPD requirements for ACT lawyers 

 

Northern Territory 

 

NT lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All lawyers in the NT must complete mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) each year to maintain their practising certificate.

Lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 CPD points each CPD year (1 April – 31 March) and must earn a minimum of one CPD point in each of the following core CPD areas:

Under the Law Society of the NT’s CPD scheme, lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and all 10 CPD points each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses.

Learn More about the CPD requirements for NT lawyers 

 

Tasmania 

 

Tasmanian lawyers can earn 1 CPD point per hour and up to 5 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

All lawyers who hold a current Tasmanian practicing certificate must complete mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) each year.

Tasmanian lawyers must complete a minimum of 10 CPD units each year (1 May - 30 April) and must complete at least one unit from each of the following three mandatory competency areas:

Under the Law Society of Tasmania’s CPD Scheme (Practice Guideline No. 4), lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 5 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online legal CPD courses.

Learn more about the CPD requirements for Tasmanian lawyers