Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For Australian-based lawyers, legal practitioners, solicitors and legal professionals

Law Society of New South Wales

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement of the Law Society of New South Wales, and practising solicitors need to obtain 10 units of CPD annually to maintain their registrations as legal practitioners. The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March (in the next year).

ACT Law Society

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement for all ACT legal practitioners (practitioners), imposed as a condition on all practising certificates issued by the Law Society of the ACT. The 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).

The Law Society of Tasmania

In Tasmania, a legal practitioner must, as a pre-requisite to practising certificate renewal complete at least 10 CPD units of CPD activity in each CPD year (Practice Guideline No. 4 of the Law Society of Tasmania). The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March.