Practising Certificate (Barrister) - New South Wales


You will need this practising certificate if you intend to principally practice as a barrister in New South Wales. 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.

As a barrister, you must follow strict regulations set down by the New South Wales Bar Association and the legislative regime which regulates the legal profession and is known as the Uniform Law (see below). You must also complete extensive academic and professional training.

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 consult the Certification Officer for 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 a barrister's practising certificate, you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • be admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales or in another Australian state or territory
  • pass the New South Wales bar exam
  • complete an application for an Australian practising certificate (which may have conditions attached, depending on your circumstances)
  • complete the 12 month reading programme
  • have professional indemnity insurance in NSW
  • pay all fees related to your application.

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


Ongoing eligibility requirements

As a practising barrister in New South Wales, you must:

  • follow all conditions placed on your practising certificate
  • not hold another practising certificate while your current practising certificate is in force
  • complete the required amount of continuing professional development (CPD) every 12 months.




You will need to renew your certificate by 30 June each year.


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Fees are listed on the application form.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) New South Wales

Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Barristers (Conduct) Rules 2015 New South Wales

Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015 New South Wales

Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 New South Wales

Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 New South Wales

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Association.

Additional information

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

If you have previously held a New South Wales barrister's practising certificate and more than two years has passed since it expired, you will be required to undertake the bar exam and the reading programme again.

If you are a legal practitioner from New Zealand, you can apply to have your qualifications recognised in New South Wales. For further information regarding this process, please refer to the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

Disqualified persons or entities

You may not be eligible for a barrister's practising certificate if you:

  • currently have (or are applying for) an Australian practising certificate that would be in force alongside
  • are not a fit and proper person.

Administering agency

New South Wales Bar Association

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Certification Officer, Certification Unit

New South Wales Bar Association

Operating address: 174 Phillip Street
New South Wales 2000
Phone: 02 9232 4055
Fax: 02 9221 1149
Website: New South Wales Bar Association (Opens in new window)