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Professional indemnity insurance (PII) is an important safeguard to protect lawyers, law practices and clients when things go wrong.

Who must be covered?

If you are a lawyer working in private practice or for a community legal service, you must be covered by a PII policy before you can practise law in Victoria.

Corporate and government lawyers do not need to hold PII, except under certain circumstances (see Corporate and government lawyers below).

Cover for Victorian lawyers in private practice

As a lawyer working in private practice, you must hold a PII policy in Victoria unless we have granted you an exemption. The Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee (LPLC) issues PII policies for Victorian lawyers who work in private practice.

Exemptions for Victorian lawyers in private practice


We may grant you an exemption from holding PII cover through the LPLC if:

  • the law practice you work for holds an approved policy issued by an insurer in another jurisdiction; and
  • that policy covers your practice in Victoria.

For full details of why and how we may grant an exemption, please see our Professional Indemnity Insurance Exemptions policy.

Cover for Community legal services

There are two types of insurance cover for community legal services (CLS). The right type of cover will depend on whether the CLS is set up as a corporation or not.

Cover for a CLS as a corporation

If your CLS is a corporation, it must hold an approved insurance policy covering the CLS itself, each 
We may grant you an exemption from holding PII cover through the LPLC if:

  • the law practice you work for holds an approved policy issued by an insurer in another jurisdiction; and
  • that policy covers your practice in Victoria.

For full details of why and how we may grant an exemption, please see our Professional Indemnity Insurance Exemptions policy. of the lawyers who work for it, and the actual work they do. 

Cover for all other CLSs

If your CLS is not a corporation, each lawyer working for the CLS must hold their own individual policy that covers the work they do for the CLS.

PII providers for a CLS

Both the National Association of Community Legal Centres and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority offer policies to cover a CLS. You can use a different policy, but you must first ask us for approval of the policy terms and conditions before your CLS starts practising. Contact us for what we need to approve a different policy.

Foreign law and lawyers

If you’re an Australian-registered foreign lawyer, you don’t need to hold professional indemnity insurance. You don’t need to apply for an exemption from us, but you must tell each of your clients in writing whether you’re covered by other professional indemnity insurance or not.

If you are covered, you must tell your clients the type and extent of your insurance. If you’re practising Victorian law overseas, you will need to either be covered by an approved insurance policy or apply to us for an exemption.

For more information on practising as a foreign lawyer, see our Foreign law and lawyers page.

Corporate and government lawyers

If you’re a corporate or government lawyer, you don’t need professional indemnity insurance, unless you intend to provide pro bono legal services outside of a CLS. In this case, you will need to be covered by insurance.
For more information on approved insurance policies, please contact the National Pro Bono Resource Centre.

Other exemptions from professional indemnity insurance requirements

We may give you an exemption from holding professional indemnity insurance in Victoria if you hold an approved policy in another jurisdiction and that policy covers your legal practice in Victoria.

You must apply to us in writing for any exemption. 

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