Western Australia to Adopt Legal Profession Uniform Law

The Law Society of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement by the Attorney General, the Hon John Quigley MLA, that Western Australia will join the Legal Profession Uniform Law Scheme, providing another step towards a national legal market.

Following the announcement, the Attorney General, the Hon John Quigley MLA, advised in March 2020 that the Legal Profession Uniform Law will not commence in Western Australia before 1 January 2021. Read the Law Society’s media statement.

Uniform Law in NSW and Victoria

The Legal Profession Uniform Law commenced operation in New South Wales and Victoria on 1 July 2015, replacing the Legal Profession Act 2004 in both jurisdictions. The objective of the reform was to create a common legal services market in New South Wales and Victoria, underpinned by a uniform regulatory system.

This governs matters such as:

  • practising certificate types and conditions;
  • maintaining and auditing of trust accounts;
  • continuing professional development requirements;
  • complaints handling processes;
  • billing arrangements; and
  • professional discipline issues.

For more information please visit legalservicescouncil.org.au.

The introduction of a uniform system of legal profession regulation has been a goal of the Law Council of Australia this is considered to be a significant milestone towards a truly national profession, and a positive example of the profession taking a leadership role in setting its own standards.

The Law Council has produced a fact sheet which provides an overview of the arrangements that will apply to interstate practitioners when practising in New South Wales and Victoria from 1 July 2015.


On 5 February 2009, the Council of Australian Governments agreed that further work needed to be done to nationalise regulation of the legal profession in Australia and the National Legal Profession Reform Project was established. Background papers of the project are available at ag.gov.au.

Additional Papers:

Submissions to National Taskforce

Below are joint submissions by the various state and territory law societies and bar associations that have been submitted in response to the National Legal Profession Reform project taskforce’s discussion papers released in late 2009 and the Federal Government’s draft Bill consultation period in mid-2010:


The Law Society  welcomes your comments please email them to president@lawsocietywa.asn.au. For more information about the reform project please visit the Law Council of Australia’s website.