Legal Practising Certificate - Western Australia


You may require this certificate if you intend to engage in legal practice in Western Australia. 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.

You will not require this certificate to undertake the following kinds of legal practice:

  • the practice of foreign law by an Australian-registered foreign lawyer
  • drawing or preparing a transfer of land
  • legal work in the course of the duties of a public officer
  • legal work under the supervision of an Australian legal practitioner, as a paid employee of a law practice or in the course of approved legal training.

If you have a valid practising certificate from a different Australian jurisdiction, you do not need to apply for a separate Western Australian certificate.

Please note that separate application requirements apply to local applicants, interstate practitioners, New Zealand practitioners, and practitioners from overseas. If you intend to practice law as a corporation, you must apply for a notice of intention to provide legal services.

Please consult the Contact 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 this certificate you must:

  • hold a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from a recognised university
  • complete an approved practical legal training course
  • have been admitted to practice by an Australian Supreme Court.

If you were admitted in another jurisdiction you may also need to provide the following documents:

  • certified copy of your admission certificate
  • statutory declaration detailing your previous employment history in legal practice
  • Certificate of Good Standing from the appropriate regulatory authority in the State or Territory where you were admitted / held a practising certificate.

Different requirements apply if you were not admitted to practice in Australia or New Zealand.

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


As specified by the Agency.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Admission Forms (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Act 2008 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Legal Profession Regulations 2009 Western Australia

Administering agency

Legal Practice Board of Western Australia

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:

Enquiries Officer

Legal Practice Board of Western Australia

Operating address: Floor 5
533 Hay Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Phone: 08 6211 3600
Fax: 08 9325 2743
Website: Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (Opens in new window)