How can I apply for Admission?
All applications for admission must be made on the VLAB website via the VLAB online application portal .
If you are unsure of which application category you fall under please email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice before proceeding.
The online application portal will assist you to:
- make application for a compliance certificate;
- save and edit your application as often as you wish;
- guide you through the requirements of the admission process;
- view the status of your application; and
- receive emails about the progress of your application.
When should I commence an application for a compliance certificate?
It is recommended that you commence your application a minimum of 2 months prior to your intended admission date.
Will in-person Ceremonies resume?
In person ceremonies will resume as of April 2022. On the papers admissions will also continue for those who do not wish to be admitted in person.
What date will my admission be?
The actual date of your admission cannot be confirmed but subject to compliance with the Admission Calendar . It is expected your admission will be ordered “on the papers” by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the scheduled month.
How will I know when I have been admitted?
The Chief Justice will make an Order admitting you as an Australian Lawyer and Officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. VLAB will inform you by email and your name will appear on the Supreme Court website.
I am undertaking supervised legal training do I have to complete the online workbook?
You must complete the online workbook for all competencies completed in-house. When completing the online workbook, you are restricted to 500 characters for each competency. Please summarize only or you will not be able to progress to the next section. For all competencies completed at an external PLT provider you must arrange for the provider to email a completion certificate to VLAB at email@example.com
Can I provide a certified copy of my academic transcript?
No. VLAB requires your academic transcript to be emailed to us directly from your University. Alternatively, you can share the My eQuals link with us.
Will VLAB accept my academic Graduation Statement (AHEGS) or Testamur instead of a transcript?
No. VLAB requires your official transcript to be emailed to us directly from your University or you can share the My eQuals link with us.
I received academic credits; do I need to notify VLAB?
If you studied law at more than one tertiary institution and have been granted exemptions or credit in any areas of knowledge set out in Schedule 1 of the Rules, you must provide an academic transcript from each institution where you have studied, in addition to the institution which awarded the qualification.
All transcripts are required to enable the Board to confirm that any exemptions or credits meet the current academic areas of knowledge.
If any previous exemptions or credits do not satisfy the academic areas of knowledge set out in Schedule 1 of the Rules or have not been undertaken in an accredited Australian law course, you may be required to reprise the subject to satisfy the academic requirements for admission.
My qualification is over 5 years old; do I need a Qualification Assessment?
Any applicant who relies on an academic or practical legal training qualification that is over five years old must be assessed by VLAB.
If your academic or practical legal training qualifications were completed more than five years ago, you will need to apply for an assessment of your qualifications.
An application can be made via the VLAB online application portal .
You should set out the circumstances surrounding the delay in applying for admission. You should provide details and evidence of further law related study and/or experience and attach a transcript of your academic records and an up-to-date curriculum vitae.
You cannot proceed with your application until your qualifications have been assessed.
Further information can be found in the Guide for Qualification Assessment .
Can I apply for Concurrent Study?
To be considered for concurrent study you must have completed, and received the results, for all of the Priestley 11 subjects and have no more than two electives remaining to complete your law degree.
Concurrent study applications can be made on the VLAB website via the VLAB online application portal .
To apply you will need to create an online application
- select PLTC application type;
- proceed to step 3, answer YES to the first question “Have you commenced a PLT prior to completion of your academic studies?”; and
- NO to the second question “Have you sought and obtained pre-approval of your concurrent study from VLAB?”.
A field will open where you are required to upload a copy of your academic transcript or statement of results and a letter from your university confirming the remaining subject/s to complete your law degree.
In addition, you will need to provide information about your PLT provider and intended commencement date.
Please note your concurrent study application will not be considered until the required documents have been uploaded to your online application.
If you intend to commence PLT you should ensure that you application is submitted to VLAB a minimum of 10 business days prior to commencement of your course.
Further information can be found in the Guide for Concurrent Study .
How do I order a police report?
You must disclose Spent convictions when applying for admission as a lawyer.
- be dated no earlier than six months prior to the date your admission application is received; and
- include all previous names by which you have been known.
Applicants who reside in Australia must obtain a Police Report via Victoria Police only. Any other forms of police reports will not be accepted. This can be found at: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/national-police-records-checks#apply-for-a-national-police-check and follow the steps below.
Online National Police Check
In partnership with Service Victoria, Victoria Police have launched an online national police checking service. If you meet certain criteria, your identity and ID documents will be verified electronically and you will be provided with a PDF certificate via email.
To do the check fully online you'll need at least 3 documents, including one photo ID.
To begin, you must have two of the following documents:
- Australian birth certificate
- Australian passport (current or expired less than 3 years)
- Australian driver licence (current)
- Foreign passport (with linked Australian visa)
- Australian citizenship certificate
If you don't meet the criteria or do not wish to transact online, please apply for a national police check via the steps below:
- Section A: Type of check required - Select National Name Check
- Section B: Details of applicant - Ensure correct details are provided
- Section C: Current, postal and previous residential address/es – Ensure correct details are provided
- Section D: Payment provider – If your employer is paying for the police report check the Yes box, this section must then be completed by your employer, then go to Section E. If you are paying for the police report check the No box and go straight to Section E.
- Section E: Purpose of check - Choose Option 1 Employment or occupational licensing purposes, select Legal Admission. (If you select any other option, we will not accept your police report).
- Section F: Certification, authorisation and statement of consent and indemnity – Insert your name but do not sign or date the form.
- Section G: Proof of identity - You must provide a minimum of two (2) types of identification from the list with a minimum total of 100 points, including at least one type of photo ID from category A.
You must complete the Proof of Identify list and details.
You are required to print the application form once it has been completed and take it to a certifier with your original proof of identity documents and a copy of your proof of identity documents. A list of persons able to certify your identity documents is listed on Page 3 of the application. You must sign and date Section F in the presence of the certifier. The certifier must also sign and date each copy of your proof of identity documents (100 points) and complete and sign the Certifier Use Only in Section G of the application.
- Complete the applicant checklist below section G.
Payment for police records checks can be made online https://www.police.vic.gov.au/national-police-records-checks (External link) or via cheque or money order payable to Victoria Police. Cheques/bank drafts must be issued by an Australian financial institution.
How do I order a police report if I do not live in Australia?
You cannot apply for a Police Report through Victoria Police or a Nationally Coordinated Criminal Check and instead you must apply through the website of the Australian Federal Police via https://afpnationalpolicechecks.converga.com.au/ and select ‘Commonwealth Employment/Purpose’, and then '33-Immigration/Citizenship’.
You must also obtain a police report from the country where you are currently residing. The report must be dated no earlier than six months prior to the date your admission application is received.
Do I need to obtain a foreign police report?
If you have resided in a foreign jurisdiction, for over three months in the past 12 months, you will be required to obtain a foreign police report from that jurisdiction.
For applicants residing in Australia, International Police Reports from over 200 jurisdictions are available through Australia Post via https://international-policecheck.auspost/ .
Until further notice, international checks for North Korea, Libya, Syria, Maldives, Somalia, Yemen, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and Venezuela are currently unavailable. Any applicant who requires an international police report from any of these jurisdictions must contact the jurisdiction directly and cannot undertake to seek a report via Australia Post.
In what format can I upload my documents to my application?
All documents uploaded to your application must be in PDF format and no more than 2GB. Only matters of suitability will be able to upload up to 65GB. For all suitability matters, collate your disclosure/capacity statement, exhibit certificates and exhibit documents into one file
I am required to upload in PDF however I don't have access to a scanner.
All documents uploaded to your application must be in PDF format and no more than 2GB. Only matters of suitability will be able to upload up to 65GB. For all suitability matters, collate your disclosure/capacity statement, exhibit certificates and exhibit documents into one file. There are many free apps available to download to a smart phone or tablet which will convert an image to a PDF document. Please search the App Store or Google Play for a suitable application.
I have uploaded a disclosure statement. Will I receive a response?
You should allow a minimum of 10 business days for your disclosure statement to be reviewed. You will receive an email when it has been assessed to advise approval or referral for further review. Disclosure statements that have not provided a full and frank account of matters or are significant may require an applicant to file a further disclosure statement with additional material.
Who can witness my Statutory Declaration?
A list of authorised statutory declaration witnesses can be found on the Victoria State Government website via the following link https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/statdecs .
Who is an Authorised Affidavit Taker?
A complete list of authorised affidavit takers can be found on the Victoria State Government website via the following link https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/affidavits .
How can I pay the Admission Fee?
The following fees are payable under the Legal Profession Uniform Law Act 2014 for admission to the Australian Legal Profession in Victoria:
- a prescribed general fee of $100.00, to be applied to meet the expense of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. The fee relates to administrative services for the processing of an application for a compliance certificate;
- a prescribed library fee of $560.00, to be applied for the purposes of the Supreme Court Library; and
- any fee payable under the Supreme Court Act 1986 for admission to the Australian Legal profession. The current fee is $314.10. This is a filing fee payable to the Supreme Court for the admission of a Lawyer to the Court and the Authentication of an Order.
These fees are stipulated under the Act and remain payable by an eligible person seeking admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria.
All fees are made via the Service Victoria payment portal. Payment can be made by either Visa, Mastercard or PayPal.
When can I pay the Admission Fee?
When all documents have been uploaded and your application is approved you will receive an email with a link to pay the fees. The payment email will not be sent until all documentation has been received and reviewed by VLAB.
Can my employer, family member or friend pay the Admission Fee on my behalf?
Yes, please forward the payment email link to them.
Can I make payment via sending a cheque or making a deposit into your Bank Account?
No, The Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) is part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety and they have advised VLAB payments will not be accepted by cheque or direct deposits.
Can I make payment using an Amex or Diners card?
Amex and Diners cards are accepted when making payment via PayPal
Why is my PayPal payment not working?
If you are having trouble paying via PayPal, firstly ensure you are logged into your PayPal account before attempting to pay.
If you wish to pay using PayPal Guest checkout, you can only do so if you have not previously used the same email and/or payment card with PayPal.
If you have used PayPal before, you will need to checkout with your PayPal registered details. You will otherwise receive one of several errors due to identity verification regulations. Please note that these are AUSTRAC regulations & applicable for all Australian transactions (https://www.austrac.gov.au/ ).
If you are unable to make a payment through PayPal please contact us for further information.
I have made payment, what is the next step?
A copy of your compliance certificate and instructions regarding the requirement of an affidavit for the Supreme Court, will be emailed within 3 days of the issue of your compliance certificate. Compliance certificates are issued at the monthly Committee meeting.
Will I need someone to move my admission?
A mover is required for allin-person admissions.
How will I receive my Admission Order if I am admitted “on the papers”?
Your Admission Order will be mailed to you by the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Please be advised that you do not need to provide your Admission Order to the Victorian Legal Services Board in order to apply for a practising certificate as they are provided a copy when you are admitted.
How can I retrieve a copy of my Admission Order?
Where do I get a Practising Certificate?
VLAB is the admitting authority only. Once you have been admitted by VLAB, you will need to apply for a practising certificate. All queries relating to practising certificates in Victoria should be directed to the Victorian Legal Services Board. Further information can be found on their website, https://lsbc.vic.gov.au/ .
Do I need to be admitted in Victoria if I have been admitted in another State?
Once you have been admitted in any state in Australia, it is not necessary to be admitted again in another state.
If you wish to practise in Victoria, you will require a Victorian practising certificate. This is issued and managed by the Victorian Legal Services Board.
Further information can be found on the Victorian Legal Services Board website .
I have an overseas law degree and want to practice law in Victoria, what do I have to do?
You must first apply for a skills assessment, this is done online . Dependent upon your academic and work history, the Board will seek additional academic study and practical legal training be undertaken as part of any assessment.
How do I get my documents certified?
Certain documents are required to be certified, you can find an example on how to do this at https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/certifiedcopies
I have just paid for and submitted my foreign assessment, how long will it be before I hear back?
The assessment process can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete, we will provide you with your assessment letter upon completion.
I have not heard from VLAB in regards to my assessment, do I click the submit button again?
No, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org for a status update only if you have not heard from us after a minimum of 4 weeks after your application was submitted.
I have completed all the requirements of my foreign assessment, how do I apply for a compliance certificate?
VLAB will open up an application for a compliance certificate on your behalf, we do this so your original assessment is linked to you application for a compliance certificate. Please email us at email@example.com when you are ready
How do I become a conveyancer in Victoria?
You will need to contact the Business Licensing Authority. More information can be found on their website https://ablis.business.gov.au/service/vic/conveyancers-licence/23951
I want to apply to the New York Bar and need a letter, what do I need to provide you with?
You are required to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , you will need to provide us with an official transcript (direct from the University or a certified copy) along with your BOLE ID. We will then send a letter directly to the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
I am an applicant for admission and am due to be admitted soon but require a letter for the purposes of immigration, can you provide me with a letter?
Yes, you are required to email us at email@example.com , and we can provide you with a letter for immigration .
I have some queries relating to my Australian visa or passport application, can you help me?
No, you are required to contact the Department of Home Affairs. You can find more information at immi.homeaffairs.gov.au