Practising Certificate - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this certificate if you intend to practise law in the Australian Capital Territory. Legal practice means being paid to do any work in connection with the administration of the law, including preparing deeds, instruments or contracts relating to legal proceedings of any kind.

The type of certificate you need to apply for will depend on the type of legal practice you intend to undertake. There are two types of practising certificate:

  • unrestricted (e.g. sole practitioners, principals in firms, directors of an incorporated legal practices)
  • restricted (e.g. employees of an incorporated legal practices).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Your eligibility requirements will depend on whether you are a:

  • local applicant
  • interstate practitioner
  • New Zealand practitioner
  • practitioner from overseas.


Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must comply with the continuing professional development conditions of your practising certificate.


1 year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees are listed on the attached document.


Other resources

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Act 2006 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Legal Profession Regulation 2007 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Justice and Community Safety Directorate

ACT Law Courts & Tribunal Administration

Supreme Court

Contact details

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