Our sessions are prepared in accordance with the CLE/CPD schemes including Mandatory categories: Practice Management and Business Skills, Professional Skills, Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Substantive Law. If particular educational activities are relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one “unit” for each hour of online viewing, listening, and private study completing templates, forms, workbooks or attendance at our events, refreshment breaks not included.

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New South Wales

The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (NSW) commenced on 1 July 2015 and replaced the current Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW) regulatory regime.

  • You will still need to complete one (1) CPD unit dealing with equal employment opportunity, discrimination, harassment and occupational health and safety, every three years

In NSW, each CPD year, a practitioner must complete as part of his or her CPD obligations at least 1 CPD unit in each of the following fields:

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

You will still need to complete one (1) CPD unit dealing with equal employment opportunity, discrimination, harassment and occupational health and safety, every three years

Practitioners may claim 1 CPD unit per hour for on-demand online audio and video material up to a maximum of 5 units

Attending a live web seminar entitles a practitioner to claim the same number of units as attending the seminar in person.

For full details on the NSW CPD rules please visit the Law Society of New South Wales

Victoria

In VIC, each CPD year, a practitioner must complete as part of his or her CPD obligations at least 1 CPD unit in each of the following fields:

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

VIC practitioners, may now claim all 10 CPD units via web seminars or on demand seminar recording.

 

For full details on the Victorian CPD rules please visit the Law Institute of Victoria.

Queensland

  • Each CPD year, a practitioner must, unless exempted in whole or in part, complete at least 10 CPD units
  • Each CPD year, a practitioner must complete as part of his or her CPD obligations at least 1 CPD unit in each of the following core areas:
    • Practical Legal Ethics
    • Practice Management and Business Skills
    • Professional Skills
  • QLD practitioners, may claim 1 unit per hour of listening to on-demand audio/ taped resources to a maximum of 5 units per year
  • Attending a live web seminar entitles a practitioner to claim the same number of points as attending the seminar in person.

For full details on the Queensland CPD rules please visit the Queensland Law Society.

Australian Capital Territory

As of 01 July, 2010 all practitioners who hold a current practising certificate must, during each CPD year (01 April to 31 March), complete mandatory continuing professional development (MCPD) by completing a course which satisfies the following requirements:

  • The course must be relevant to a practitioner’s immediate or long term needs in relation to the practitioner’s professional development and to the practice of law
  • In the first period of operation of CPD, from 01 July, 2010 to 31 March, 2011, the minimum number of units should be seven (7). All other years the course must have an aggregate value of ten (10) MCPD units
  • The course must include at least one (1) MCPD unit in each of the core areas:
    • Practical Legal Ethics
    • Practice Management and Business Skills
    • Professional Skills
  • A practitioner’s engagement in a course of mandatory continuing professional development which satisfies the new requirements, will entitle the practitioner to one (1) MCPD unit for each hour of participation in the course
  • ACT practitioners may claim 1 CPD unit per hour for on-demand audio material up to a maximum of 5 units
  • Attending a live web seminar entitles a practitioner to claim the same number of units as attending the seminar in person.

For full details of ACT Rules please visit the ACT Law Society.

South Australia

  • It is a requirement that an individual legal practitioner must complete 10 CPD units of CPD activity in each year beginning on 1 April to the following 31 March.
  • A CPD activity
    • Must be of significant intellectual or practical content primarily related to the practice of law; and
    • Be relevant to the immediate or long-term professional development needs of the legal practitioner undertaking it; and
  • The 10 CPD units must include at least 1 unit each of the following Required CPD activity relating to:
    • Practical legal ethics
    • Practice management of business skills; and
    • Professional skills
  • One hour of attendance at a seminar workshop lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group will attract 1 CPD unit.
  • One hour of viewing or listening to, or preparing material for on-demand recorded material will attract 1 CPD unit. In calculating the minimum of 10 CPD units of CPD activity in respect of a CPD year, the total units must not include more than 5 CPD units of this type of CPD activity.
  • CPD units completed in January, February or March of a CPD year, may be assigned to either that CPD year or to the next CPD year.
  • An individual legal practitioner must maintain and retain for 3 years a written record of CPD activities undertaken, material indicating the nature of each CPD activity undertaken and a record that the practitioner undertook each activity.
  • Attending a live web seminar entitles a practitioner to claim the same number of points as attending the seminar in person.

For full details of SA Rules please visit the Law Society of South Australia.

Northern Territory

As of 1 October 2012, practitioners are required to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points in a CPD year. The CPD year begins on 1 April and ends on 31 March the following year.

Under the Law Society of the NT legal CPD scheme, a legal CPD activity must:

  • be of significant intellectual or practical content
  • deal primarily with matters related to the practice of law
  • be relevant to the practitioner’s immediate or long term professional development needs

 The 10 points must include at least 1 point in the core competency areas;

  • competency in professional ethics and responsibility (including, for example, conflicts of interest and lawyers duties to court); and
  • competency in practice management and business skills (including, for example, risk management and business planning); and
  • competency in professional skills in legal practice (including, for example, plain English drafting and communication and interpersonal skills).

 NT practitioners can earn legal CPD points for participating in legal CPD activities relevant to the practitioners’ current and future needs to engage in legal practice.

  • For attending a seminar or multimedia or website based program (including our webinars), 0.5 CPD point accrues for each 30 minutes of attendance.
  • For private study involving the use of audio or video material (including our on-demand sessions), 0.5 CPD point accrues for each 30 minutes of study. However, no more than 5 CPD points may be claimed for private study in a CPD year.

 For Full details of the Northern Territory CPD requirements please visit the Law Society of Northern Territory.

Tasmania

The Law Society of Tasmania introduced a mandatory continuing legal education scheme for Tasmanian practitioners which commenced on 1 April 2012.

Practitioners must earn a minimum of 1 legal CPD unit from each of the following three mandatory competency areas:

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

Under the Law Society of Tasmania’s Continuing Professional Development Scheme (Practice Guideline No. 4), a legal CPD activity is defined in clause 2.4 and includes:

  • attendance at, or preparing or presenting material for, a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group; or
  • viewing or listening to, or preparing material for, a multi-media or web-based program or recorded material, including our on-demand audio recordings (up to a maximum of 5 units); or

For Full details of the Tasmanian CPD requirements please visit the Law Society of Tasmania.

Western Australia

Even though our sessions would comply please note that at this stage we have been through the accreditation process with the Legal Practice Board of WA

  • Each certificated practitioner and each government lawyer must earn a minimum of 10 CPD points in each CPD period, across the four competency areas:
    • Competency Area 1: Practice Management
    • Competency Area 2: Professional Skill
    • Competency Area 3: Ethics or Professional Responsibility
    • Competency Area 4: Substantive LawThe minimum number of points a practitioner is required to earn each year for interactive activities is 6 points.
  • WA practitioners, may claim 1 CPD point for each complete 60 minutes of electronic activity, including audio recordings, up to a maximum of 4 points per CPD year.
  • Attending a live web seminar entitles a practitioner to claim the same number of points as attending the seminar in person.
  • The maximum number of points that a practitioner may earn for attending a conference, course or other event comprising one or more interactive CPD activities is 6 points.
  • Interactive and publishing point requirements – The minimum number of points a practitioner is required to earn each year for interactive activities is 6 points.

For full details of the Western Australian CPD requirements please visit the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia

New Zealand

From 1 April 2014, The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act  (Lawyers:Ongoing Legal Education – Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2013 come into force for the first full CPD year.  The Rules require that all New Zealand Lawyers must, during each CPD year (1 April to 31 March) complete mandatory continuing professional development, unless they qualify for an exemption, by completing a course of education which satisfies the following requirements:

  • The course must be relevant to a practitioner’s immediate or long term needs in relation to the practitioner’s professional development and to the practice of law;
  • All New Zealand lawyers must develop and maintain a written CPD Plan and Record (CPDPR) and reflect on evaluate what they have achieved through those activities;
  • Lawyers providing regulated services are required to complete 10 hours of related CPD activities each year;
  • A practitioner’s engagement in a  course of continuing professional development which satisfies the requirements, will entitle the practitioner to one (1) CPD unit for each hour of participation in the course;
  • Excess CPD units accrued in a CPD year may be carried forward to the next year,  up to a maximum of five (5) excess hours may be carried forward; and
  • On 31 March each year, declarations of compliance with the CPD requirements must be lodged with the Law Society within 5 working days.