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You can seek an exemption from completing some or all of your CPD activities for the year under certain circumstances. Some reasons to seek an exemption include:

  • If you have a period of absence, for example for parenting leave
  • if you work part time, or reduced hours
  • if you have a disability or you have suffered an illness
  • if you have experienced hardship or other exceptional circumstances.

The LIV and the Victorian Bar manage applications for exemption on our behalf under a delegation.  To apply for an exemption, please contact the Victorian Bar (for barristers) or the LIV (for solicitors).

You will be required to provide evidence in support of your application. This may include a letter from your employer, a statutory declaration or a medical certificate.

You can obtain a partial exemption if you have only practised for part of the CPD year. In this case you only need to obtain CPD points for the time that you held a practising certificate. The table listed below will show you how many points you need to obtain.

Commencing month CPD points
April 10
May 9
June 8
July 7
August 6
September 5
October 4
November 3
December 2
January 1
February 0
March 0

 

Our CPD policy contains some more detailed information about exemptions.

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