Forms and Applications

This is your portal to a number of pdf forms and online applications to assist you in your legal practice. In some instances you will be asked to login using your email address (as listed with the Society) and you will then be emailed a unique login code which will give you member access.

If you have previously submitted an online form or application and want to view its status, visit Form Submissions.

If you have submitted a pdf form, made an application by email, or have an enquiry about any of the below, please contact the Society on (03) 6234 4133 or email the following, accordingly:

Read Tips and Checklist First

Before starting this application for a new practising certificate or new practising certificate type, you must read the tips and checklist below. Once you have checked that you have all your necessary documents (in the correct format) on hand you are ready to get started.

Tips

  • If you have never been a member (of any type) of the Society or have a new practitioner commencing at your firm, access the New Practising Certificate Application form here.
  • 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 may lose your work. Complete your form in one sitting if possible.
  • You will be able to Save and Resume during your application process.
  • 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.
  • 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. PDF Statement – Eligibility 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 2021 – 2022 and will not work an average of more than 22.8 hours per week in that financial year.

4. 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 more information see Library Services on this website or visit the Law Library website.

5. Society Identity Card: A headshot photo of you for the issue of this 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.

  1. If you have never been a member (of any type) of the Society and want to apply for an associate membership, access this New Associate Membership form.
  2. 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. Before starting your application, you must read the tips and checklist below, and view this Cheat Sheet: A Guide to Your Online Renewals in a Nutshell.
  2. Once you have read the tips and checklist, and have checked that you have all your necessary documents (in the correct format) on hand, access this online Application to Renew a Practising Certificate 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’.
  • You will be able to Save and Resume during your application process. If you select this option, your Resume link will be emailed to you.
  • For any technical issues or enquiries, please contact the Society on (03) 6234 4133 during business hours (9am-5pm) or email membership@lst.org.au.
  • Form assistance: If you require general assistance in completing your application form/s for the first time, please contact the Society on (03) 6234 4133 to join our Form Assist Service. Bookings are required and your appointment will be conducted by zoom to enable screen sharing.
  • 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 from your work or personal email address will be treated as your signature equivalent.

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

Checklist

  1. PDF Statement – Eligibility 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 2021 – 2022 and will not work an average of more than 22.8 hours per week in that financial year.
  4. 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 more information see Library Services on this website or visit the Law Library website.
  5. A headshot photo of you for the issue of a Society Identity Card: In case you do not already have one, 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 from your work or personal email address will be treated as your signature equivalent.

READ TIPS and CHECKLIST FIRST

  1. Before starting your application, you must read the tips and checklist below, and view this Cheat Sheet: A Guide to Your Online Renewals in a Nutshell.
  2. Once you have read the tips and checklist, and have checked that you have all your necessary documents (in the correct format) on hand, access the online Application for Associate Membership Renewal 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’.
  • You will be able to Save and Resume during your application process. If you select this option, your Resume link will be emailed to you.
  • For any technical issues or enquiries, please 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 (state and federal employees) 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

  • 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). Again please 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.
  • Student Identity Card: If you are a student, you will be required to provide a copy of your current valid student Identity Card. Note, this can only be successfully uploaded as a jpeg.

If you are a law firm in Tasmania wanting to renew your firm’s professional indemnity insurance, apply using the Firm Renewal form. For guidance, see this Cheat Sheet: A Guide to Your Online Renewals in a Nutshell.

Download the Extension and Exemption Form 2021 (here) and submit your complete form to cpd@lst.org.au

An application for an extension or exemption should be made as soon as a legal practitioner becomes aware that they will require it.

Applications for an extension of time or an exemption are required under the Practice Guideline to be in writing using the requisite application form (here), and submitted to the Society prior to the period for which the application is sought. Any relevant supporting documentation must be attached to the application.

• The Society has the power to grant an extension of time or an exemption 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 extension of time or 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.

• For a request for an extension of time a plan for rectification is sought to be undertaken within a reasonable timeframe commensurate with the number of CPD points yet to be acquired.

An invitation to nominate to the Society’s Council is open for a set period each year. Nominations are called for in August of each year. The Notice and Nomination Forms are available below. The nomination period and deadlines are listed in the Notices.

To nominate, the applicant must be either a practising certificate holder, or an associate who is deemed to hold a practising certificate under the Legal Profession Act (2007).

Elections are held if required, with counting taking place at the three regional committee AGMs held in early October of that year. A councillor’s term commences in mid-late October.

The Society’s committee year runs from 1 May to 30 April. Each year the Society invites its members to submit expressions of interest in committee membership for the coming year. A Selection Panel convenes in late April. See the Committee Charter.

An expression of interest (EOI) to join a Society committee can also be submitted to the Society at any time throughout the year using the Committee EOI Application Form.