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RPA News

RPA News is a blog published by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner. It is used to inform the lawyers and the public about the following:

  • changes to the regulatory regime, including legislation and regulations
  • disciplinary decisions handed down by VCAT or the courts
  • special events and public announcements
  • new resources available on this website, and
  • any other information we believe is relevant to lawyers and the public.

Please note: blog entries discussing disciplinary action are published by the Commissioner in line with the Commissioner’s long-standing objective to educate the legal profession. By publicising disciplinary outcomes, the Commissioner intends for lawyers to compare their conduct and business practices with those highlighted by VCAT and the courts. This will in turn assist lawyers to comply with the requirements of the Legal Profession Uniform Law and the expectations of consumers and the wider legal profession.

2019 Grants Round Update July 29, 2019

All 2019 Grants Round applications have been assessed with careful and detailed consideration and we have made our recommendations on applications for funding. We are now awaiting final determination by the Attorney-General.


Recent Human-centred Design Workshops Held

Three tailor-made workshops with design specialists were held monthly across March, April and May this year to assist those interested in learning how to use a human-centred design approach in their project and identify practical ways to achieve the impact they seek. (more…)

About the 2019 Grants Round

The 2019 Grants round prioritised funding around the theme of Designing Justice Differently: Using human-centred design and technology.

This means that applications had to meet the theme requirements of using technological and/or human-centred design orientated interventions to interrupt, streamline or change legal services and the justice system to improve access to justice.  (more…)

Lawyers: Time to apply to renew your practising certificate March 18, 2019

It is now time to apply to renew your practising certificate if you intend to continue to engage in legal practice in Victoria from 1 July 2019.

If you hold a current practising certificate, look for the email from the Victorian Legal Services Board dated 18 March 2019, providing directions for how to apply to renew your practising certificate. Please read this email carefully.


The deadline for applying to renew your practising certificate is 30 April 2019. Applications made after this date will be subject to a late application surcharge. Please apply to renew as soon as possible, as all current practising certificates will expire on 1 July 2019.

You can log in to LSB Online using your Practitioner Number, which was included in the Board’s email to you. To make applications easier, LSB Online can now be accessed and applications completed using your mobile device.

Need help?

Visit the Board’s website for assistance with completing your renewal.

Sexual harassment in the legal profession February 6, 2019

In 2019 the Board and Commissioner are embarking on a long-term program focussing on addressing sexual harassment within the legal profession.

Research done by the Australian Human Rights Commission shows that one in five Australians were sexually harassed in the workplace in the past 12 months. We know the legal profession is not immune to such behaviour. (more…)

Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program: 2019 funding round open December 6, 2018

The Victorian Legal Services Board has launched its 2019 Grants Program funding round.

The Board’s priority theme for 2019 will be ‘Designing Justice Differently: Using Human-Centred Design and Technology’. The theme aims to stimulate new ways of thinking to achieve change in some of the seemingly intractable legal and social problems that face society and the legal sector. (more…)

Invitation: Launch of the 2019 Grants Round November 23, 2018

The Victorian Legal Services Board cordially invites you to the launch of the 2019 Designing Justice Differently Grant Round Guidelines.

You will learn details of the 2019 grants round priority theme of ‘improving access to justice through human-centred design and technology’.  This event will include (more…)