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Have you completed your renewal application?

All practising certificates issued in Victoria expire on 30 June each year. You must apply to renew your certificate if you want to continue to practise law after this date. This includes lawyers who received their first practising certificate any time before 30 June.

Every year hundreds of lawyers forget to renew their certificates, fail to submit their application, or don’t pay their fees on time. This creates problems for the lawyer, their employer and their clients. Don’t let this be you.

To help you complete your practising certificate renewal on time, please take note of the following dates, and tick your progress off on the below checklist.

Important dates to remember

  • Late March to 30 April: Main application period. Applications made between these dates do not attract a late lodgement surcharge.
  • Midnight 1 July: All practising certificates issued in the past financial year expire. This includes those issued in the past few weeks. If your certificate is not renewed by this date, you will not have a current practising certificate, and you are not entitled to practise law.
  • 1 July to 30 September: Applications made during this time period attract a 200% late lodgement surcharge to the practising certificate fee. We may also ask you to provide us with further information about whether you have practised since 30 June (without a current practising certificate).


Have you:

    Submitted an application to renew your practising certificate 

✔    Paid your practising certificate fee 

✔    Paid your Fidelity Fund contribution, if required

✔    Paid your professional indemnity insurance, if required



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