Apply for a PC or Associate Membership

Login using Member Login in the top RH corner of this website if:

  • you are a current associate member and want to apply for a practising certificate, OR
  • you are a current member and want to apply for different type of practising certificate.
  • practising certificate application forms can be accessed by the orange Form and Applications button

If you have previously been an associate or a practising certificate holding member of the Society and want to re-join, you need to reactivate your account. To do this, call the Society on (03) 6234 4133 or email your contact details to membership@lst.org.au. The Society will call you within 3 business days to conduct a phone Verification of Identity (VOI) to reactivate your account.

READ TIPS and CHECKLIST FIRST

  1. If you have never previously been a member (of any type) of the Society, i.e. you are joining as a first time associate member, you must read the tips and checklist below.
  2. Check the 2022-2023 Fee Guide.
  3. Once you have read this information, and have checked that you have all your necessary documents (in the correct format) on hand, access this online Application for New Associate Membership form.

Tips

  • Stay in your browser tab whilst you are completing your form.

    Important: Do not refresh the browser. Do not use ‘back’ and ‘forward’ in your internet browser, instead use ‘previous’ and ‘next’ or you will lose your work

    . Complete your form in one sitting if possible.

  • High compatibility browsers: Chrome browser is recommended.
  • If you are using the Edge browser and have issues, review your cookie settings and ensure 3rd party cookies not set to ‘blocked’.
  • If you have any technical issues, contact the Society on (03) 6234 4133 during business hours (9am-5pm) or email membership@lst.org.au
  • Any links provided by the Society in the form itself are safe to click on as they will open a separate tab.
  • Check the Fee Guide for payment terms before starting the application process.
  • The fee for associate membership is $132; for government associate membership is $99; and student associate membership is $27.50. You will be asked to pay by credit card towards the end of the application process.


Ensure you have the following items (as applicable) handy before you start completing your form.

Checklist

  1. Law Library Levy: You may be asked if you would like to access the resources of the Tasmanian Law Library (unless automatically included, depending on PC type). See the Fee Guide. The library has extensive hard copy and online materials and can assist you to identify and locate primary and secondary legal resources. Subscription also entitles you to desktop library services provided by Thompson Reuters. For more information see Library Services on this website or visit the Law Library website.
  2. Society Identity Card: A headshot photo of you for the issue of an ID card. You will be given the opportunity to request a Society Identity Card. This is primarily used by practitioners for law court security access but can also be used to take advantage of the Society’s member benefits in person (e.g. retailer discounts).
Read Tips and Checklist First
  1. Before starting your application, you must read the tips and checklist below before starting your application.
  2. Once you have read this information and have checked that you have all your necessary documents (in the correct format) on hand, you are ready to get started.
  3. Check the 2022-2023 Fee Guide.
  4. Apply for a New Practising Certificate Form

Tips

  • This form is for applicants who have never previously been a member (of any kind) of the Society. As you will not yet have an account you will not be able to Save and Resume during your application process.
  • If you have previously been a member, which means you will require account reactivation, do not use this form.
  • Stay in your browser tab whilst you are completing your form. Important: Do not refresh the browser. Do not use ‘back’ and ‘forward’ in your internet browser, instead use ‘previous’ and ‘next’ or you will lose your work. Complete your form in one sitting if possible.
  • High compatibility browsers: Chrome browser is recommended.
  • If you are using the Edge browser and have issues, review your cookie settings and ensure 3rd party cookies not set to ‘blocked’.
  • If you have technical issues, contact the Society on (03) 6234 4133 during business hours (9am-5pm) or email membership@lst.org.au
  • Any links provided by the Society in the form itself are safe to click on as they will open a separate tab.
  • Check the Fee Guide and your payment terms before starting the application process.
  • Important declaration: A declaration is required to be read and acknowledged by you prior to submitting this application form. The submission of this application form by you will be treated as your signature equivalent.


Ensure you have the following items (as applicable) handy before you start completing your form.


Checklist

  1. Admission Certificate: If you have never previously held a practising certificate, you will be asked to upload a copy of your admission certificate.
  2. Certificate of Fitness: If your most recent practising certificate was held in another jurisdiction, you will be asked to upload a Certificate of Fitness from that jurisdiction.
  3. PDF StatementEligibility to Apply (section 48 of the Legal Profession Act 2007): You will be asked where you intend to solely or principally engage in legal practice. If you answer outside Tasmania, provide details of your intended practice. You will need to have a prepared statement handy to upload during this application process. There is no set form or format, however to successfully upload it must first be saved as a pdf.
  4. PDF Statement – Fitness to hold a Practising Certificate (Sections 9, 43 and 53 of the Legal Profession Act 2007): You will be asked whether there are any matters (including undetermined conduct complaints) about which the Society should be informed. If your answer is yes, you will need to have a prepared statement handy to upload during your application process. There is no set form or format, however to successfully upload it must first be saved as a pdf.
  5. PDF Statement – Show Cause Events (Sections 4, 73, 74, 75 and 76 of the Legal Profession Act 2007):
    Bankruptcy: You will be asked whether you have become bankrupt, been served with a Notice of a Creditor’s Petition, presented or declared your intentions to present a Debtor’s Petition, or applied to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors or compounding with creditors or making an assignment of remuneration for the benefit of creditors. If you select yes, you will be asked to provide details during your application process. There is no set form or format, however to successfully upload it must first be saved as a pdf.
    Notifiable offences: You will also be asked if you have been found guilty of a serious offence or tax offence whether committed in or outside Tasmania. If your answer is yes you will be asked to provide details during your application process. There is no set form or format, however to successfully upload it must first be saved as a pdf. Note: The Society does not require disclosure of convictions for minor offences such as minor traffic or licensing offences and the like. There is no requirement to repeat disclosures already made to the Society in association with a previous application or renewal unless there has been a material change in the matter disclosed.
  6. Part-Time Practitioners: You may be asked, depending on the practising certificate type, if you will be working part-time. This question relates to professional indemnity insurance and may give rise to a fee discount eligibility. Tick the part-time box only if you will be employed no more than 22.8 hours per week for the financial year 21/22, and will not work an average of more than 22.8 hours per week in that financial year.
  7. Law Library Levy: You may be asked if you would like to access the resources of the Tasmanian Law Library (unless automatically included, depending on the practising certificate type). See the Fee Guide. The library has extensive hard copy and online materials and can assist you to identify and locate primary and secondary legal resources. Subscription also entitles you to desktop library services provided by Thompson Reuters. For further information visit the Law Library website.
  8. Society Identity Card: A headshot photo of you for the issue an ID card. You will be given the opportunity to request a Society Identity Card. This is primarily used by practitioners for law court security access but can also be used to take advantage of the Society’s member benefits in person (e.g. retailer discounts).

Important declaration: As stated above, a declaration is required to be read and acknowledged by you prior to submitting this application form. The submission of this application form by you will be treated as your signature equivalent.

Standard practising certificate conditions are listed here.
A practitioner who is granted a practising certificate by the Law Society of Tasmania is subject to statutory conditions of practice and conditions imposed by the Council of the Society on their practising certificate. Standard practising certificate conditions are imposed for each class of practising certificate.

2021-2022 Fee Guide

2022-2023 Fee Guide

Annual Fees for Practising Certificates are set each year. This includes fees for a Principal, Employee, Barrister, Corporate Practitioner, Government Practitioner, Locum Practitioner and Community Legal Centre. No GST is payable on practising certificates.

Library Levy Regulation 70 of the Legal Profession Regulations 2008 provides for the payment of a library levy by all local legal practitioners, that is, practitioners who have a Tasmanian practising certificate. The library levy fee (which is GST exempt) is set annually, and the Society provides a percentage rebate.

Law Council of Australia Capitation Fees This includes fees for the following categories: solicitor/practitioner, barrister and corporate.

Professional Indemnity Insurance – The Society arranges Professional Indemnity Insurance for those in private practice, and barristers, through its brokers:
Marsh Pty Ltd
6/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 5000
Phone: +61 8 8418 0206 | Mobile: +61 413 832 510
marsh.com.au