An application for exemption should be made as soon as a legal practitioner becomes aware that they will require it. Access the Exemption Application Form, here.
Applications for an exemption are required under the Practice Guideline to be in writing using the requisite application form, and submitted to the Society prior to the period sought. Any relevant supporting documentation must be attached to the application.
- The Society has the power to grant exemptions on any of the grounds set out under rule 4 of the Practice Guideline on receipt and consideration of the requisite application.
- The practitioner seeking the exemption should submit their application to the Society as soon as they are aware they have not or will not meet their CPD requirements.
- For a request for exemption, concessions are usually granted on a pro-rata basis.
Examples of successful exemption applications
- Mrs X will be absent from practice for a period of 7 months due to maternity leave. Her minimum CPD point obligations are adjusted on a pro-rata basis, as per the table in para 3.9 of the Practice Guideline, down to 4.
- Mr Y will be absent from practice for a period of 2 months on paternity leave. His minimum CPD point obligations are adjusted on a pro-rata basis, as per the table in para 3.9 of the Practice Guideline, down to 8.
- Ms G is absent from practice for 3 months due to a medically certified illness. Her minimum CPD point obligations are adjusted on a pro-rata basis, as per the table in para 3.9 of the Practice Guideline, down to 7.
- Mr P is a part-time sole practitioner, lives and works in a remote location and has a young family. He is an active Society committee member and is able to attend meetings virtually. He has participated in a number of webinars relevant to his area of practice in all four mandatory categories. He finds he has 6 CPD points from webinars, capped at 5 by the Practice Guideline, and he has attended one seminar in Hobart. His claimable hours of committee membership contribution are also capped at 3. He discovers that only 9 of his hours can be claimed towards the 10 mandatory point requirements. Mr P applies for an exemption by way of increase in the cap from 5 to 6.