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CPD Points Requirements for Lawyers

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The mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) requirements vary between each State and Territory.  Click on the links below to find out more about the rules in your jurisdiction:

 

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:

  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Practice Management and Business Skills;
  • Professional Skills; and
  • Substantive Law and Procedural Law.

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.

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for ACT practitioners.

 

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 (formerly MCLE Rule 57) 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:
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Practice Management and Business Skills; 
  • Professional Skills; and
  • Substantive Law.
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.
 

 

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:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Practice Management and Business Skills;
  • Professional Skills; and
  • Substantive Law.

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.

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for NT practitioners.

 

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:

  • Practical Legal Ethics;
  • Practice Management or Business Skills; and
  • Professional Skills.

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.

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for SA practitioners

 

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 April – 31 March) and must complete at least one unit from each of the following three mandatory competency areas:

  • Practical Legal Ethics;
  • Practice Management and Business Skills; and
  • Professional Skills.

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.

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for Tas practitioners.

 

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

  • Practical Legal Ethics;
  • Practice Management and Business Skills; and
  • Professional Skills.

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.

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for Qld practitioners.

 

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:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Professional Skills;
  • Substantive Law; and
  • Practice Management and Business Skills.

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.

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for Victorian practitioners.

 

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 new CPD rules which came into effect on 1 April 2015, WA lawyers must completed 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:

  • Competency Area 1: Practice Management; 
  • Competency Area 2: Professional Skills; 
  • Competency Area 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility; and
  • Competency Area 4: Substantive Law.

Under the amended 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. 

Click here to read more detailed information about the CPD requirements for WA lawyers