Information for members

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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.

Practising certificates

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.

Fee reckoner

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.

Professional obligations

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

Cpdv3.pngNew 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)

Professional conduct

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.