​New Act paves way for WA to join Uniform Law Scheme

Date issued: 23 September 2019

On 17 September 2019, the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Amendment Act 2019 (Vic) was given the Royal Assent, officially paving the way for Western Australia to become the third jurisdiction to join the Uniform Law Scheme. Part 2 of the Bill, which deals with changes to the governance arrangements for the Legal Services Council, commenced on proclamation, in order to synchronize with the passage of the Western Australian Application legislation.

Victorian Attorney General, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP announced the news on Twitter following the passing of the Bill on 12 September: "Welcome to the club WA! Victoria has today passed a Bill to bring WA into the uniform scheme for the legal profession - almost 75% of Australia's lawyers now under the one rulebook. Great news for consumers and the profession. #auslaw."

The Legal Services Council looks forward to continuing to work with all parties in the lead-up to Western Australia joining the Uniform Law Scheme by 1 July 2020.