Country Practitioners

2018/19 Annual Report

The Committee’s strategic focus continues to be developed with a view to ensuring that it is representing, engaging, supporting and advocating for all members of the profession in rural, regional
and remote areas.

The Committee was involved in the 2019 Law Week Country Practitioners CPD Day held in Perth. This free CPD day for Country Practitioners was again a huge success. The event brings practitioners from all over the State together as a collective and encourages collegiality between our country members.

The Committee continues to encourage the Law Society to provide CPD programmes/seminars tailored specifically to Country Practitioners and notes the recent announcements of online Risk Management CPD seminars. The Committee also promoted the Law Society’s reduced fee for Country Practitioners to gain access to CPD Freedom. This change allows Country Members to have
access to cost efficient and convenient e-learning through the Law Society.

The Committee recognises the concerns faced by Country Practitioners and in particular has focused on access to information and support for isolated practitioners. Country Practitioners now have a dedicated section on the Law Society website which provides information and resources specific to Country Practitioners. It also provides information on important events and CPD seminars specifically aimed at Country Practitioners. Complementing these initiatives is the Law Society’s regular feature in Friday Facts “For our Country Lawyers” which encourages
collegiality and recognises the Law Society’s value and support for its rural members.

The Committee has also maintained its representation on the Rural, Regional and Remote Lawyers Committee of the Law Council of Australia and continues to monitor the Justice Project which will be a focus in 2019/20.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford,