Information for members
services & Benefits
The Bar Association provides members with a variety of benefits, services and events, which help them to manage their practice and balance professional obligations with their family commitments.
All New South Wales barristers' practising certificates (PCs) expire each year on 30 June. Renewal applications should be lodged by 7 June in each year.
Professional indemnity insurance
PII is a statutory requirement for all barristers in New South Wales.
Our schedule of practising certificate and membership fees effective 1 July 2015.
Fee Waiver Policy
The Bar Association has adopted a policy to grant fee waivers to barristers taking parental or carer’s leave. The full policy is available here.
Accreditation and re-accreditation of mediators
The Bar Association accepts applications for accreditation and re-accreditation of mediators under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) and for selection to the association’s list of Supreme Court mediators. The National Mediator Accreditation Standards have been revised effective from 1 July 2015. See the revised standards and the covering letter from the Mediator Standards Board. Barristers seeking accreditation or renewal this year should read the revised standards closely.
Statement of status
When a person applies for a practising certificate in another state/territory/country, they may be required to provide a statement of status from all jurisdictions in which they are admitted. The Bar Association provides such a statement to practitioners (current and former). There is no charge for members of the association, but a fee applies to non-members even if they hold a current practising certificate. Simply complete and return a statement of status order form.
The Uniform Law
The Legal Profession Uniform Law came into operation in NSW and Victoria on 1 July 2015, creating a common legal services market across NSW and Victoria. The Uniform Law aims to harmonise regulatory obligations while retaining local performance of regulatory functions.
Continuing Professional Development
New South Wales barristers must accumulate 10 CPD points before their practising certificate is due for renewal each year. Unless otherwise indicated, the period for accumulating CPD points commences on 1 April each year and ends on 31 March the following year. We provide CPD seminars in the Common Room, at regional mini-conferences and through videostreaming.
Diversity and equality
The New South Wales Bar Association is committed to fostering diversity and equality in a manner that reflects the social and cultural diversity within the legal profession and the communities we serve.
Best Practice Guidelines
The New South Wales Bar Association considers that achieving best practice in professional conduct and compliance with New South Wales and Commonwealth laws in the area of equality and diversity should be encouraged among its members and their chambers/floors. To this end, on 19 June 2014 the Bar Council approved the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG).
The Bar Association's Professional Conduct Department facilitates the investigation of complaints about barristers, show cause events and other disclosures for consideration by the Bar Council.