Renewing a practising certificate
Practising certificates are in force from the date of grant through to the following 30 June. If you renew an existing practising certificate, your new practising certificate will commence on 1 July of that year.
If you are an Australian legal practitioner practising in Victoria (i.e. you currently hold an Australian practising certificate), you are eligible to apply to renew your certificate if you reasonably intend that Victoria will be your principal place of practice in Australia.
To be considered a valid application, your renewal application must be accompanied by full payment of –
(a) the prescribed fee for the certificate; and
(b) the required contribution to the Fidelity Fund (if any).
If you do not provide payment with your application, your application will not be accepted as valid.
Application deadlines and surcharges
If you wish to renew your practising certificate for the year commencing 1 July, you must apply by 30 June.
The official renewal period will commence in late March and will run until 30 April.
A 25% late lodgement surcharge will apply to the prescribed fee for all applications submitted between 1 May and 31 May.
A 50% late lodgement surcharge will apply to the prescribed fee for all applications submitted between 1 June and 30 June.
If you fail to renew your practising certificate by 30 June, you must apply for a new practising certificate from or after 1 July. A 200% surcharge will apply to the prescribed fee for all applications made between 1 July and 30 September. This surcharge can be avoided if your application is accompanied by a statutory declaration stating:
- that you have not engaged in legal practice since the end of the previous financial year;
- that as at the end of the previous financial year you did not intend to engage in legal practice for at least the first 3 months of the current financial year; and
- the reasons why your intention has changed.
We may refund all or part of a surcharge paid if we consider that there are special circumstances.
If you are applying to practice only as a volunteer at a community legal service or otherwise on a pro bono basis, you will not be required to pay a surcharge.
See also: Fact sheet – Renewing your practising certificate (306KB PDF)
Employers, see Fact sheet – 2019-20 Practising certificate renewal information for employers (386KB PDF)
Practising Certificate administration is now online
Our LSB Online service handles all practising certificate applications and other administrative matters.
Please visit LSB Online to:
- apply for a new practising certificate
- change your information or employment details
- apply to renew your practising certificate
- advise us that you will not be renewing your practising certificate.
If you are applying for your first practising certificate, you will need to register a new account with LSB Online. Your Practitioner Number is your user ID. If you do not know your Practitioner Number, or for assistance with using LSB Online, please contact us on email email@example.com .