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Paying my practising certificate fees

Information about practising certificate fee payment

When you apply for or renew your certificate you can choose to pay via credit card or BPAY. If you choose credit card you can make payment immediately in the LSB Online portal.

If you choose BPAY you will receive an email with the BPAY details. When you make payment you need to use the unique BPAY reference number. Once paid, you will receive an auto-generated receipt. If you select BPAY, your application will not be processed until we receive payment.

If you have changed your mind about paying through BPAY, you can log into LSB Online at any time and make payment by credit card. Simply log in and use the ‘Outstanding payments’ screen to view your outstanding fees and make payment by credit card.

We accept:

  • Visa
  • Master Card
  • Amex

We can’t issue you with a tax invoice for later payment. You need to select either credit card or BPAY to submit your application

As an employer, you can make payment for your employees practising certificates by:

  • Providing them with a corporate credit card number they enter when they submit their applications
  • Arranging BPAY payments. If your lawyers select ‘BPAY’ as their payment method they will receive an email with the BPAY details, including a unique reference code. Use that reference code when you make payment.

We accept:

  • Visa
  • Master Card
  • Amex

The fees are different depending on the practising certificate type and if you have trust authorisation. There are three fees you may have to pay:

Fees for the 2022/23 practising year

The practising certificate fees for the 2022-23 practising year (from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023) are listed below.  Fees are scaled on a pro rata basis. Your fee will be based on when your certificate commences. For renewals please see the first column for relevant fees.

Please note that practising certificate fees do not attract GST.

Practising certificate type 
(select which certificate type applies to you)

Commencing between
1 July 2022 – 30 Sept 2022

Commencing between
1 Oct 2022 – 31 Dec 2022

Commencing between
  1 Jan 2023 – 31 Mar 2023

Commencing between
1 Apr 2023 –30 Jun 2023

Principal of a law practice authorised to receive trust money (includes foreign lawyers)

$656

$492

$328

$164

Principal of a law practice not authorised to receive trust money (includes foreign lawyers)

$458

$343

$229

$114

Employee of a law practice with or without trust money authorisation (includes foreign lawyers)

$428

$321

$214

$107

Barrister

$371

$278

$185

$92

Corporate legal practitioner

$257

$192

$128

$64

Principal legal practitioner of CLS with or without trust money authorisation

$235

$176

$117

$58

Employee legal practitioner of CLS (includes foreign lawyers)

$235

$176

$117

$58

Government legal practitioner

$235

$176

$117

$58

Volunteer at a CLS / pro bono (includes foreign lawyers)

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

If you selected BPAY but would now like to pay by other means, you can log into LSB Online and make payment by credit card. Simply log in and use the outstanding payments screen to view your outstanding fees and make payment by credit card.

There are different fee requirements for Victorian lawyers, foreign lawyers and approved barristers’ clerks. See the fee table on the Fidelity Fund page 

All practising certificate renewals need to be submitted, and all fees paid, before midnight 30 June. If you have not submitted an application before 30 June (including paying all fees) you will need to apply for a new practising certificate after 1 July and incur a 200% surcharge. 

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