Disclaimer

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
  • 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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Compliance

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.

The following information is a summary only, of each State or Territory’s CPD Compliance requirements, providing a guide to the requirements relevant to content provided by CPD for Me. It is essential that you consult your relevant Law Society to ensure your CPD Compliance requirements are met.
The following summary is based on information available on each law society’s website on 7 September 2017.

Australian Capital Territory

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

At least one unit must be completed in each of four core areas:

  • Core Area 1 — Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Core Area 2 — Practice Management and Business Skills
  • Core Area 3 — Professional Skills
  • Core Area 4 — Substantive Law and Procedural Law

The Law Society of the ACT

CPD Guidelines April 2015

ACTIVITY CPD UNITS LIMITS
Attending or participating in a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, tutorial, discussion group, audio/ video/online presentation or other educational activity 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Preparing and/or presenting a CPD seminar or other form of educational activity 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year

New South Wales

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

Practitioners must include at least one (1) CPD unit every year in each of the following fields:

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

Law Society of New South Wales

Further information about Continuing Professional Development can be found in the Comprehensive Guide

ACTIVITY (Rule 8) CPD UNITS (Rule 9.1) LIMITS (Rule 9.2)
Attending or participating in a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, discussion group, multimedia or web-based program, private study of audio/visual material or any other educational activity 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Private study of audio/visual material 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year
Preparing and/or presenting of written or oral material used in a CPD activity or other form of professional educational activity 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year

Northern Territory

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

Practitioners must accrue at least one CPD point in a substantive law competency and one CPD point in each of the three prescribed core competencies. The three core competencies are:

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

Law Society Northern Territory

CPD a guide for practitioners

ACTIVITY CPD UNITS LIMITS
Preparing or giving a presentation 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per presentation
Attending a seminar 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Private study using audio or visual material 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year
Preparing or giving a lecture 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per lecture

Queensland

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

Each CPD year you must complete at least one CPD unit in each of the following mandatory core areas:

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

Queensland Law Society

CPD Guide

Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005 v34

ACTIVITY CPD UNITS LIMITS
Preparing or giving a presentation 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Private study of audio/visual material recording of an event that occurred in the relevant CPD year 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Preparation of CPD activities 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year
Presentation of CPD activities 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per lecture

South Australia

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

Practitioners must complete, at least 1 (one) unit of each of the following required CPD activities must be completed each CPD year:

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

The Law Society of South Australia

ACTIVITY CPD UNITS LIMITS
Attendance at or presenting material for, a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Viewing or listening to material for, a multi-media, web-based or recorded program 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year
Preparing material for any seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program, course, discussion group or a multi-media, web-based or recorded program 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 4 units per year

Tasmania

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

The points acquired by a practitioners in a CPD year must include at least:

  • one CPD point relating to Practical Legal Ethics
  • one CPD point relating to Practice Management or Business Skills
  • one CPD point relating to Professional Skills
  • one CPD point relating to Substantive Law

The Law Society of Tasmania

Practice Guideline 4 – Continuing Professional Development Scheme

ACTIVITY (Sub-Rule 2.4) CPD UNITS (Sub-Rule 2.6) LIMITS (Sub-Rule 3.3)
Attendance at, or presenting material for, a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Preparing material for, a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 4 units per year
Viewing or listening to, or preparing material for, a multi-media or web-based program or recorded material 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year
Attendance at, or preparing or presenting material for, a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group conducted within a legal practice 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 3 units per year
Maximum 6 units on any one day

Victoria

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Units to be completed: 10

You must complete at least 1 CPD unit in each of the four compulsory fields:

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

Law Institute of Victoria

Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015

ACTIVITY (Rule 8) CPD UNITS (Rule 9.1) LIMITS (Rule 9.2)
Attending or participating in a seminar, workshop, lecture, conference, discussion group, multimedia or web-based program, private study of audio/visual material or any other educational activity 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Unlimited
Private study of audio/visual material 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year
Preparing and/or presenting of written or oral material used in a CPD activity or other form of professional educational activity 1 hour = 1 CPD unit Maximum 5 units per year

Western Australia

Points may be gained by participation in an approved CPD Activity.
An approved activity may be:

  • An activity undertaken with an approved Quality Assured (QA) Provider
  • An approved activity by a Non QA Provider
  • An activity undertaken by an individual for which approval has been sought and given

Even though our sessions would comply, please note that at this stage we have not been through the accreditation process with the Legal Practice Board of WA

Legal Practice Board of Western Australia

CPD requirements and guidelines

New Zealand

CPD Year: 1 April to 31 March the following year

CPD Hours to be completed: 10 (minimum)

You must complete complete a minimum of 10 appropriate hours of CPD activities each year
Activities means learning which

  • is structured with identifiable aims and with outcomes relevant to a lawyer’s identified learning needs
  • provides an opportunity for interaction and feedback
  • is verifiable by documentation
  • is not part of a lawyer’s usual day-to-day work

New Zealand Law Society

Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Ongoing Legal Education—Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2013