Accreditation

2018/19 Annual Report

The Accreditation Committee advises the Law Society’s Council on the rules and regulations that govern the granting of accreditation by the Law Society. In a secondary capacity the Committee acts as the advisory board for family law accreditation.

Accredited family law specialists practising in Western Australia must be members of the Law Society, and there are currently 43 accredited family law specialists accredited n Western Australia with three accredited specialists retiring in 2019.

The Committee’s achievements in 2018/19 include:

  • delivery of the biennial specialist accreditation assessment programme, and 2019 being a year in which the accreditation assessment programme is being conducted;
  • assessment of professional development activities submitted by accredited specialists, for which required accreditation professional development points may be allocated. Not all CPD is at a level to attract points for accreditation purposes. Western Australia is the only State in which accredited practitioners are required to submit requests to the Committee for the approval and allocation of professional development points.
  • re-accreditation and auditing of accredited specialists; and
  • the mutual recognition of interstate accredited specialists, in accordance with the national accreditation scheme.

The current accreditation assessment programme commenced in May 2019 with detailed information sessions for candidates. 22 candidates are participating this year, an almost 100% increase on the previous programme. The number reflects the esteem in which specialist accreditation is held.

The privilege of applying the accredited family law specialist designation and distinctive logo is reserved exclusively for accredited specialists. Appointment as a specialist is a significant milestone in the career of a family law practitioner, and the Committee congratulates those admitted as candidates and wishes them well for the assessment tasks ahead.

The Law Society also actively participates in the Family Law Specialist Accreditation National Steering Committee. This ensures that all States and Territories share information to facilitate a consistent approach to assessment and credentialing. In an assessment year, the National Steering Committee works to promote consistency and uniformity of approach. That has included the Committee working with representatives of the other law societies and institutes to review and settle the assessment tasks and marking guides for assessment.

For more information about this committee please email accreditation@lawsocietywa.asn.au.