Review of Lawyers’ Practising Certificate Fees
The Regulations setting the fees that Victorian lawyers pay for their practising certificates are due to expire. The Board is now required to review the fees and recommend new Regulations to the Victorian Government that will set fees for the 2018-19 financial year and beyond.
Until new Regulations are passed into law, the current practising certificate fees regime will be retained for another 12 months. This is enabling the Board to undertake a thorough consultation process with the Victorian legal profession and the broader community about practising certificate fees.
To assist in this consultation process the Board prepared a discussion paper (113KB PDF) outlining potential options for setting fees. This discussion paper was sent to all registered lawyers via RPA News email bulletin #31 issued in January 2017.
All written comments and submissions to the discussion paper will be considered by the Board in the development of a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS is scheduled to be released in mid‑2017. The RIS is a consultation document which explains the background to the Regulations, sets out a number of options for setting fees and assesses those options, including a preferred option against government policy. When the RIS is released, the Board will again seek further feedback from the community about the fee options, including the preferred approach.
Further details on the process for setting new fees are set out in the discussion paper.
Comments and submissions have now closed.
All submissions to the Discussion Paper are published below.
- Submission – Association of Corporate Council Australia (254KB PDF)
- Submission – Association of Corporate Council Australia – supplementary (423KB PDF)
- Submission – Federation of Community Legal Centres (105KB PDF)
- Submission – Law Institute of Victoria (4.5MB PDF)
- Submission – Telstra (211K PDF)
- Submission – Victoria Legal Aid (360KB PDF)
- Submission – Victorian Bar (496KB PDF)