The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) seeks to support, promote and encourage the independence of practising solely as a barrister and is committed to promoting the highest standards of competence and ethical practice. It works in the interests of members by providing education and training that is tailored to meet the needs of practising as an independent barrister.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The WABA is approved as a QA Provider of CPD activities by the Legal Practice Board. Attendance at CPD events conducted by the WABA qualifies participants to CPD points for the purpose of satisfying requirements under Legal Profession Regulations 2009 made pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2008.
Further information about WABA's CPD programmes may be found under the specific course/activity.
Requirements under the Legal Profession Rules 2009 (Rules)
Division 2 of the Rules sets out the requirements for CPD, a brief outline of which is set out below:
Rule 8(1) of provides:
"A local practising certificate that takes effect on or after 1 July 2009 is subject to the condition that the local legal practitioner must earn 10 CPD points during the certificate year."
Rule 10(2), (3) and (4) provides that practitioners are required to accumulate 10 CPD points by completing approved CPD activities across the following three competency areas -
Approved CPD activity (rule 7 of the Rules) means:
(a) a professional development activity provided by a QA provider; or
An experienced practitioner (rule 10(1) of the Rules) means:
"A local legal practitioner is an experienced practitioner for a certificate year if, at the beginning of that year, the practitioner had been engaged in legal practice for at least 5 years."
CPD Point Requirements (rule 10(6) and (7) of the Rules)
(a) at least 4 CPD points that are within competency area 1; and
(b) at least 4 CPD points that are within competency area 2.
(a) at least 2 CPD points that are within competency area 1; and
(b) at least 2 CPD points that are within competency area 2.
CPD Points (rule 12 of the Rules)
Individual CPD activity other than publication activity
As participant 0.5 points for each complete 60 minutes
Further information about CPD requirements may be found: