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National legal profession reform

Legal services are a critical part of Australia's economy and require clear and efficient national regulation.

However, the current number and range of regulators imposes unnecessary costs and red tape for lawyers and consumers.

The national legal profession reforms will enhance consumer protection, protect the independence of the legal profession and help ensure access to justice.

Reduced compliance costs will allow law practices to be competitive in both national and international markets.

Draft legislation of the reforms is available below:

Status of the national legal profession reforms

National regulation of the legal profession will be a joint effort by all participating states and territories.

All jurisdictions are encouraged to participate in the national scheme.

This means about 85 per cent Australian lawyers will be covered.

The national board will be located in NSW and Victoria will pass the national law giving effect to the reforms.

Other participating jurisdictions will then adopt the national law.

Background

  • On 30 April 2009, the national legal profession reform taskforce was appointed.
  • In July 2009, the national legal profession reform consultative group was set up to assist the taskforce.
  • On 9 September 2011, the national legal profession draft legislation was released.
  • On 19 October 2011, it was announced that the new national legal services board and the new National Legal Services Commissioner would be hosted by New South Wales.

Find out more

More information about the national legal reforms is available from the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Society of NSW , the Queensland Law Society and the Law Society of NT websites.

Submissions

No submissions are available for this consultation.