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Practising certificate renewals

Renew your practising certificate now

All current practising certificates will expire on 30 June 2020.  If you intend to practice beyond this date, you must apply to renew your certificate.

Practising certificate renewal fees and payment

Our legislation does not permit us to waive or reduce the fee for PC renewal, nor are we able to extend the time frame for renewal or take instalment payments.  However, we have implemented some other changes to how we manage the practising certificate renewal to assist you at this time.  These are outlined below. 

Removal of surcharge for late PC renewals 

You have until 30 June, 2020 to renew without penalty. 

Defer payment of your fidelity fund contribution to next year

If you are unable to pay your fidelity fund contribution this year by 30 May, 2020, it can be deferred until next year.  If you apply for your PC renewal between 31 May, 2020 - 30 June, 2020, your fidelity fund contribution will automatically defer to next year.  When you apply to renew for your 2021/22 practising certificate you will be charged for this year and next year's fidelity fund contributions.

Discount on next year's fidelity fund contribution

If you do renew and pay both your PC fee and fidelity fund contribution by 30 May, 2020 you will receive a 5% discount on the next year's fidelity fund contribution.  Discounts next year will be automatically applied when you renew via LSB Online.

Continuing professional development 

The requirement to complete CPD face-to-face has been removed.  If you have completed 10 CPD units (no matter the format) you can select ‘Yes’ to this question.  

If you have not completed the 10 units, and live in a bushfire affected area, you will be fully exempt from this requirement.  You can select 'No' and your application will proceed.

If you have not completed the 10 units for any other reason, including COVID-19, select 'No' and the LIV or Victorian Bar will contact you to implement a rectification plan.

You can read more detail on the Continuing Professional Development page.

What you need to do to renew

If you are able to renew your practising certificate now, please do so at LSB Online.  

Practising certificate fees 2020/21

These fees will apply to all practising certificate applications, including renewals, for the 2020-21 practising certificate year.

Practising certificate type

Application received
1 July 2020 – 30 Sept 2020

Application received
1 Oct 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

Application received
1 Jan 2021 – 31 Mar 2021

Application received
1 Apr 2021 –30 Jun 2021

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

$653

$489

$326

$163

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

$455

$341

$227

$113

Employee of a law practice with/without receipt of trust money (includes foreign lawyers)

$425

$318

$212

$106

Barrister

$369

$276

$184

$92

Corporate legal practitioner

$256

$192

$128

$64

Principal legal practitioner of CLS with/without receipt of trust money

$234

$175

$117

$58

Employee legal practitioner of CLS (includes foreign lawyers)

$234

$175

$117

$58

Government legal practitioner

$234

$175

$117

$58

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

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

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