Registration of Foreign Lawyer - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this registration if you are a registered legal practitioner in another country and intend to work within the legal services industry in the Australian Capital Territory. As an overseas registered lawyer you may register locally as a foreign lawyer.

Being registered as a foreign lawyer in the Australian Capital Territory entitles you to practise foreign law related to your home country and engage in work that is not reserved to Australian lawyers. Such as:

  • Giving in-house or paralegal advice;
  • Conciliation;
  • Mediation;
  • Dispute resolution services; and
  • Arbitration or proceedings related to your home country that are before a body other than a court.

Overseas lawyers may not work as a lawyer or legal practitioner providing legal services directly to clients, or appear in court.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • Be a foreign-registered legal practitioner;
  • Be residing and intending to work in the ACT;
  • Submit your application and accompanying documentation in the approved form;
  • Fulfil any other obligations and expectations required by the authorising Agency; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Registration expires on 30 June each year.





Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Supreme Court

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Act 2006 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries, The Supreme Court Registry
Supreme Court

Operating address:
Magistrates Court Building
4 Knowles Place
Canberra City
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
PO BOX 1548
Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62071709


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