Information for interstate lawyers on managing your practising certificate
Before you apply, you must:
- surrender your current practising certificate (PC) as you cannot hold PCs in multiple jurisdictions
- apply to the Supreme Court/relevant body in your current jurisdiction for a ‘Certificate of fitness’. You will need to attach this to your application with us.
You will need to then follow the steps as set out in the ‘Applying for my first practising certificate’ guide.
See ‘Applying for a principal practising certificate’ for information about that.
You should apply for a practising certificate in the state that you intend to be your principal place of practice.
No, you can work for an organisation that is based interstate or overseas. The organisation you work for will need to be registered in Victoria. Overseas entities do not need to be registered.
You can check if your organisation is registered when applying for or renewing your practising certificate on the 'Practice/contact' screen. Click 'Add practice' and search for your organisation. To register a new organisation with us contact us via the lawyer enquiry form and select 'Practising certificate' and 'Apply for, modify or cancel my practising certificate' from the categories.
Yes, you may need to notify the local regulator that you are a partner of a law practice operating in that jurisdiction. You should apply for a practising certificate in the state that you intend to be your principal place of practice.
Yes, you are able to represent your client in a Victorian Court on you interstate practicing certificate. However, as a matter of courtesy you should inform the Court beforehand that you practice on an interstate certificate.
We would advise that you:
- Check that your insurance covers you for work undertaken in another jurisdiction
- Contact your regulator to ensure you are complying with any requirements needed with engaging in legal practice for a matter in another jurisdiction
You do not need to notify us that you are practicing in Victoria.