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Practising certificate fees

When you apply for, or apply to renew your practising certificate, you must pay the appropriate fee for the type of certificate you need. The fees for practising certificates change each year.  

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

Please see our COVID-19 FAQ page for changes made to the 2020/21 PC renewal.

Fees for the 2020-21 practising year

The practising certificate fees for the 2020-21 practising year (from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021) are listed below.  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.  

How are payments made?

All payments are made through LSB Online and can be made by credit card or BPay. 

  • Lawyers making payments for themselves can make a payment during their application for a new or a renewed practising certificate. 
  • Employers who are paying for their lawyer employees must make payments via their LSB Online account account. 

For assistance with paying practising certificate fees, please contact us via our Lawyer Enquiry form.

How much do you need to pay?

The table below lists the different fees payable for the different types of practising certificate.

Fees are scaled on a pro rata basis. Your fee will be based on when your certificate commences.

If you are applying to renew your current certificate, your renewed certificate will commence on 1 July. You will need to pay the full fee for the whole year as shown in the fee column '1 July - 30 September' in the table below.

If you are applying for a new certificate (i.e. you are not renewing an existing certificate), your fee is based on the quarter that your certificate commences. For example, if your certificate commences on 10 February, your fee will be for the quarter commencing between '1 January - 31 March'.

Practising certificate type 
(select which certificate type applies to you)

Commencing between
1 July 2020 – 30 Sept 2020

Commencing between
1 Oct 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

Commencing between
  1 Jan 2021 – 31 Mar 2021

Commencing between
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 or without trust money authorisation (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 or without trust money authorisation

$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

 

Fees for the 2019-20 practising year

The practising certificate fees for the 2019-20 practising year (from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020) are listed below. If you are applying for a new practising certificate for the current practising year (to start practising before 30 June), you will need to pay the fee listed in the final column for the practising certificate type that you choose.

Practising certificate type

Commencing between
1 July 2019 – 30 Sept 2019

Commencing between
1 Oct 2019 – 31 Dec 2019

Commencing between
1 Jan 2020 – 31 March 2020

Commencing between
1 April 2020 – 30 June 2020

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

$637

$477

$318

$159

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

$444

$333

$222

$111

Employee of a law practice with or without trust money authorisation (includes foreign lawyers)

$415

$311

$207

$103

Barrister

$360

$270

$180

$90

Corporate legal practitioner

$250

$187

$125

$62

Principal legal practitioner of CLS with or without trust money authorisation

$229

$171

$114

$57

Employee legal practitioner of CLS (includes foreign lawyers)

$229

$171

$104

$57

Government legal practitioner

$229

$171

$114

$57

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

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

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