Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
For Australian-based lawyers, legal practitioners, solicitors and legal professionals
Law Society of New South Wales
Mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) is a requirement of the Law Society of New South Wales, and practising solicitors need to obtain 10 units of MCLE annually to maintain their registrations as legal practitioners. The MCLE continuing professional development (CPD) year runs from 1 April to 31 March (in the next year).
Law Institute of Victoria
All legal practitioners who hold a Victorian Practising Certificate are required to complete 10 hours of CPD every CPD year (even if the holder practises interstate or overseas). The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March (in the next year).
Queensland Law Society
Practitioners need to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points each year to maintain their practising certificate, stay up to date with legislative changes and the evolution of the 'business of law' in their practices. The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March (in the next year).
Legal Practice Board of Western Australia
All local legal practitioners need to accrue 10 CPD points per year. The period for accumulating CPD points runs from 1 April to 31 March (in the next year). Points may not be carried over into the following CPD year.
Law Society of South Australia
An individual legal practitioner needs to complete 10 CPD units in each CPD year. The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March (in the next year).
Please note: there are currently no requirements for legal practitioners to undertake CPD in Tasmania, and there are no CPD requirements for solicitors in the Australian Capital Territory.