Practising Certificate - Western Australia


You will need this certificate if you intend to practice law 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.

Depending on the type of legal practice you intend to undertake, the Board may impose different conditions on your practising certificate. For example, your conditions as a sole practitioner will be different in comparison to the conditions of an employee of a law firm.

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.

In general, to be eligible for this certificate you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • have been admitted to the legal profession
  • have professional indemnity insurance.


Ongoing eligibility requirements

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


12 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources Important
Apply All Becoming a Lawyer (Opens in new window) Important
General All Downloadable Forms (Opens in new window) Important

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.