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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Society's 2017 CPD Program is proudly supported by our principle sponsor legalsuper, the industry superannuation fund for the national legal profession. For over 25 years legalsuper has managed the retirement savings for people working in the legal profession. For further information please contact Colin Kerr on (07) 3220 1273 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit legalsuper.com.au

 

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Practitioners have a continuing obligation to themselves and the community to participate in professional development that extends their knowledge and skills in areas that relevant to their practice needs.

Symmetra unconscious bias training for legal practitioners

Lawyers typically make a multitude of decisions daily, affecting themselves and others, and where unconscious biases are in play, the outcomes may be less than optimum and often contrary to your intentions.

In this interactive course, practitioners will learn about the concept of unconscious bias, how it affects their business and industry, and equip themselves with tools to increase their effectiveness in decision making situations. Videos, case studies and revealing questions engage the learner in this relevant and fast paced program. A practical toolkit is provided to enable practitioners to counteract bias in decision situations.

Please click here for further information about this training.

Eligible for 1 CPD unit in any compulsory area:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Practice Management 
  • Business and Professional Skills

If you would like to take part in the Symmetra unconscious bias training please click here to register.

About mandatory CPD

Practitioners have a continuing duty to meet this obligation. More...

CPD guidelines

Practitioners are required to submit an annual compliance certificate to the Society. More...

Need CPD points?

There are a variety of in ways which practitioners can accrue their 10 CPD points annually. More...

Online CPDs

CPD obligations may now be completed online through LawCPD. More...

Your CPD suggestions

To assist with improving CPDs we would appreciate your feedback. More...

Present a CPD

Practitioners may earn up to five CPD points presenting a CPD. More...

CPD forms

For your convenience, all CPD forms are now available here...

Online registration for CPDs

Registrations for CPDs will only be accepted online. Payments options are credit card and cheque. If you have any questions about using the online registration system please contact the Society.

Cancellation policy

24 hours Notice of Cancellation is required or attendees firm will be invoiced. Substitutions can be made at any time. No refunds or credits will be given to delegates who fail to attend the event.

Page last updated 4 September 2015

Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Mandatory CPD was first introduced in the Northern Territory in April 2007. Amendments have been made to the CPD scheme which came into effect on 1 October 2012.

Practitioners have a continuing obligation to themselves and to the community to participate in professional development that improves their ability to engage in the practice of law, by extending their knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to their current and future practice needs. CPD allows them to meet this obligation.

As of 1 October 2012 practitioners are required to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points in a CPD year. The CPD year begins on 1 April and ends on 31 March the following year.

LSNT offers a variety of seminars and workshops to assist practitioners in accruing the required CPD points, including in the core competencies. CPD activities can be undertaken through a broad range of providers, professional organisations, educational institutions and in-house trainers. You decide which activities satisfy your individual requirements.

CPD points can be attained through a variety of activities - it's not just a matter of attending seminars at a set location, for example web streaming, DVDs, contributing to a professional journal such as Balance magazine, Interstate and overseas conferences can also attract points. Attending lectures or writing assignments or theses as part of post graduate study can also be used to accrue CPD points. There are limits to the number of points that can be accrued for certain activities - Points table.

CPD is an opportunity for you to develop your abilities as a solicitor/barrister and provide a higher standard of legal counsel to your client. Keeping up with the requirements under mandatory CPD won't be onerous, because you are probably doing it anyway. As a professional, you are probably spending time keeping up with new legislation and technology, improving your performance skills and understanding changing market environments. Mandatory CPD simple formalises this process.

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CPD guidelines

CPD forms

Practitioners are required to submit a certificate to the Society annually about their compliance with mandatory CPD. This Annual CPD Certificate must be provided to the Society no later than 31 March in each CPD year. The Annual Certificate is available to practitioners in a Word format to allow practitioners to record the details, competency areas and points values of the various CPD seminars and activities they undertake throughout the CPD year. On this Certificate practitioner must certify that they have complied with their obligations for the CPD year, or if they have not accrued enough points then certify that they will make up any shortfall by 30 June. Practitioners who have not accrued the required number of points by 31 March must also submit a Supplementary CPD Certificate by 30 June to confirm that they have accrued the outstanding points needed and have complied with their CPD obligations for the preceding CPD year.

All practitioners who have held a practising certificate for part or all of a CPD year must submit an Annual CPD Certificate. If a practitioner cannot comply with their CPD obligations due to illness, leave (including maternity leave and long service leave, but not annual leave), or other circumstances provided for in the Regulations, the practitioner can apply to the Society for an exemption from all or part of their mandatory CPD obligation. Practitioners should complete an Application for Exemption Form and submit it to the Society, generally the earlier the better. It is not necessary to wait until 31 March to submit an application for exemption.

CPD a guide for practitioners

CPD a guide for practitioners is the essential CPD manual. It includes information regarding:

  • Annual CPD requirements
  • Compulsory competency areas
  • Record keeping and audits
  • Examples of CPD point accruals
  • Points accrual
  • Pro rata points accrual
  • Record keeping
  • Audits
  • Exemptions.

Legal Profession Regulations, Schedule 2,
Continuing Professional Development Scheme

The mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as outlined in the Schedule 2 of the Legal Profession Regulations 2007.

Non-exhaustive list of Core Compulsory Competencies topics - 1 Guide only

Page last updated 28 March 2014

Need CPD points?

There are a variety of ways which practitioners can accrue their 10 CPD points annually.

CPD Activity Type Rate of accrual Maximum CPD points per activity
Maximum CPD points
per annum
Preparing or giving a presentation 0.5 CPD points per 30 minutes preparing or giving the presentation 5 CPD points for preparing and giving the presentation No limit
Attending a seminar 0.5 CPD points per 30 minutes attendance No limit No limit
Private study using audio or visual materia 0.5 CPD points per 30 minutes No limit 5 CPD points
Preparing and giving a lecture 0.5 CPD points per 30 minutes preparing or giving the lecture 5 CPD points No limit
Writing an article? 0.5 points per 500 words No limit 5 CPD points
Refereeing or structural editing of an article 0.5 points per 500 words of the article No limit 5 CPD points
Committee participation 0.5 CPD points per 60 minutes of meeting attendance or other work No limit 3 CPD points
Attending lectures as part of post graduate studies 0.5 CPD points per 30 minutes attendance at lecture No limit 5 CPD points
Writing assignments or a thesis as part of post graduate studies 0.5 points per 500 words No limit 5 CPD points

*A "single activity" refers to a seminar, workshop or conference that may be conducted on a single day or over multiple consecutive days and is provided in whole by the same organisation or provider.

Note: CPD points cannot be claimed in respect of an article that deals with substantially the same content as a presentation for which CPD points have been claimed.

DVD's for sale

Top up your CPD points by purchasing a DVD of one of the CPD's you missed during the current year by clicking here.

Page last updated 12 June 2015

Your CPD Ideas/suggestions

To assist with improving CPDs we would appreciate your feedback on any CPDs attended, particularly regarding suitable times for CPDs, content and future CPD topics.

Please contact the CPD Committee using the below form.


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Present a CPD Seminar

The Law Society invites practitioners to consider presenting a CPD, which can earn up to 5 CPD points.

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in discussing a topic you may wish to present.

Page last updated 26 September 2012

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