Continuing Professional Development (or CPD) is a statutory condition imposed on all Australian practising certificates. Failure to comply with this condition can result in disciplinary action and a civil penalty of up to 100 units. As we head into a new CPD year, practitioners should become familiar with these key CPD facts. For a comprehensive guide on CPD, see our website here.
10 CPD units completed in at least one of each of the mandatory fields (see CPD rule 6.1)
From 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
There are a variety of ways to meet your CPD requirements, but some activities you can claim are capped (see CPD rule 9).
Will I be audited?
Each year the Law Society conducts an audit of those practitioners who declare their compliance when renewing their practising certificate. You are required to maintain a record of your CPD activities and evidence in support of this record (see CPD rule 12) .
You will be asked to produce your records and evidence, if audited. You may be referred to the Director, Licensing and Registry, and/or Director, Legal Regulation, if you are unable to provide this record, or have made a false declaration of your compliance when renewing your practising certificate.