Queensland Law Society

Beyond Queensland

Practising interstate

Taking out a practising certificate in another Australian state is a far simpler process than it was twenty years ago. You will not need to be readmitted in order to practise interstate: admission in Queensland entitles an individual to apply for a practising certificate in any other Australian state or territory.

In order to begin the process of applying for an interstate certificate, you will need to contact the <relevant law society>.

Cancelling your Queensland certificate

Under s 45(3) of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld), an individual can only hold one Australian practising certificate at any given time. If you’re planning on taking out an interstate certificate, your Queensland certificate must be cancelled.

The application form can be submitted to the Society at records@qls.com.au or via:

Records and Member Services
Queensland Law Society
GPO Box 1785
Brisbane Qld 4001

Practising overseas

The expatriate life is very appealing to many solicitors. In order to begin the transfer process, your first port of call should be the law society or legal regulatory body of the jurisdiction you intend to move to. They will be able to provide information on how to have your qualifications recognised or further study that may be required to practice law in your chosen country.

Certificate of fitness

A certificate of fitness and good standing is an official document detailing your admission, your practising certificate history, any disciplinary matters brought against you in Queensland, and whether or not you are considered to be a fit and proper person to practice law.

Most law societies, both in Australia and abroad, will require one of these before granting you a practising certificate. Please be advised that most jurisdictions will not accept a certificate of fitness that is more than 30 days old. Always check with the relevant body before requesting a certificate of fitness in advance.

A certificate of fitness costs $156.20 (incl GST). This document is normally issued within 5 working days from application.

The application form can be submitted to the Society at records@qls.com.au or via:

Records and Member Services
Queensland Law Society
GPO Box 1785
Brisbane Qld 4001

Our sister societies

Whether you’re planning on moving permanently to another jurisdiction or just need to act there temporarily, your first step should always be to contact the relevant law society.

Law Society of New South Wales
02 9926 0333
lawsociety@lawsociety.com.au

Law Institute of Victoria
03 9607 9311
lawinst@liv.asn.au

ACT Law Society
02 6247 5700
mail@actlawsociety.asn.au

Law Society of Tasmania
03 6234 4133
info@taslawsociety.asn.au

Law Society Northern Territory
08 8981 5104
lawsoc@lawsocietynt.asn.au

Law Society of South Australia
08 8229 0200
email@lawsocietysa.asn.au

Law Society of Western Australia
08 9322 8600
info@lawsocietywa.asn.au

Coming back

Taking out a new Queensland practising certificate after practising in a different jurisdiction has never been simpler.

You will be required to complete an application for practising certificate and submit this form alongside a certificate of fitness and good standing from the appropriate authority in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which you have practised.

The application form can be submitted to to the Society at records@qls.com.au or via:

Records and Member Services
Queensland Law Society
GPO Box 1785
Brisbane Qld 4001

If you have any questions regarding any of these matters, please do not hesitate to contact Records and Member Services on 1300 367 757 or email records@qls.com.au