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If you are looking to obtain a Certificate of Fitness, you now need to apply for the certificate through us. From 1 July 2020 the Law Institute of Victoria no longer provides these certificates.

Why do I need a Certificate of Fitness? 

If you are applying to the Supreme Court of Victoria for a Certificate of Good Standing, you will first need to give the Court a Certificate of Fitness.

We can prepare a Certificate of Fitness for lawyers who have either been admitted to practise in Victoria, or who have held a practising certificate in Victoria. The certificate states:

  • the date that you were admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • any conditions or restrictions on your current practising certificate
  • whether or not you currently hold a practising certificate
  • whether or not you have ever had a practising certificate suspended or cancelled in Victoria
  • whether or not an order has ever been made to suspend you from practice in Victoria
  • any prior disciplinary findings made against you in the last 5 years (including decisions under the Legal Profession Act 2004 and the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria)
  • any disciplinary complaints in relation to your practice as a legal practitioner in the State of Victoria which are currently under investigation or preliminary assessment.

How do I request a certificate?

To request a Certificate of Fitness, please make your request via our lawyer enquiry form.

Note: If you applied for a Certificate of Fitness on or before 30 June 2020, the LIV will prepare your Certificate. For more information on these certificates, please visit

It currently takes between 15–20 business days to process a request for a certificate.

For information about Certificates of Good Standing, please contact:

Admissions Clerk, Supreme Court of Victoria
T: 03 8600 2003

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