Practising Certificate (Barrister) - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this practising certificate if you intend to principally practice as a barrister in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Barristers are sole practitioners and specialise in court work. A barrister's practising certificate is an Australian practising certificate but with an additional condition allowing the holder to act as a barrister.

You do not need to apply for this certificate if you already have a barrister's practising certificate and your principal place of practice is another Australian state or territory.

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 certificate you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • be admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory or in another Australian state or territory
  • pass the New South Wales bar exam (this is the only recognised exam in the ACT)
  • complete the 12-month reading program
  • have the required professional indemnity insurance.

Please review 'Coming to the Bar' or use the contact details below for more information.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Act 2006 Australian Capital Territory

Additional information

The New South Wales bar exam is offered twice a year.

If you are a legal practitioner from New Zealand, you can apply to have your qualifications recognised in the ACT.

Administering agency

ACT Bar Association

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Chief Executive Officer

ACT Bar Association

Mailing address: PO Box 789, Canberra City, ACT, 2601
Phone: 02 6257 1437
Website: ACT Bar Association (Opens in new window)