Admission of foreign lawyers in Victoria and New South Wales

Date issued: 10 July 2018


On 1 March 2018 the Legal Services Council Admissions Committee (Committee) resolved to review the operation of legislation, rules and conventions relating to the admission of foreign lawyers in Victoria and New South Wales. Currently a foreign lawyer can be admitted with or without conditions in these jurisdictions.

The admission of foreign lawyers is provided for by Part 2.2 of the Uniform Law and the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015. The admitting authorities in each state are informed by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's Uniform Principles for Assessing the Qualifications of Overseas Applicants for Admission to the Australian Profession. In addition, the admitting authority in New South Wales is bound by s 21 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act (2014) (NSW).

A copy of the Terms of Reference for the review can be found here.