The Victorian Legal Admissions Board is a statutory body which performs functions associated with the admission of lawyers in Victoria in accordance with the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (External link).

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please refer to the FAQ section (External link) of our website to assist you with your enquiry. 

 

VLAB SECRETARIAT LEAVE

The VLAB Secretariat will be on leave from Thursday 23 December to Tuesday 4 Jan 2022.   Any enquiries relating to admissions should be made to vlab@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) and any enquiries relating to foreign applicants should be made to overseas@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).     The office of VLAB office will remain closed to the public in 2022 until further notice.

POLICE REPORTS

The way in which Police Reports are obtained has changed.  Police Reports must be obtained via Victoria Police.  Processing time can take 4-6 weeks, we therefore encourage you to order your report before you commence your online application.  Please refer to the relevant guide or the FAQ page for information on how to order your Police Report FAQ section (External link)

WITNESSING DOCUMENTS IN PERSON OR VIA AUDIO VISUAL LINK

A full description of witnessing statutory declarations (External link) and affidavits (External link) can be found on the Department of Justice and Community Safety's website.

VLAB OFFICE

Following the developments in Victoria’s Coronavirus response, all staff will be working in a flexible work mode whilst being available through email.   The office is currently not open to the Public.   

All documents relating to admission should be uploaded to your client portal as part of the admission process or forwarded to vlabdocuments@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).    

Any enquiries relating to admission should be made to vlab@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).   

Any enquiries relating to assessment or admission of foreign applicants should be made by overseas@justice.vic.gov..au (External link).

We appreciate your understanding in an endeavour to assist in minimising the risk to our stakeholders and staff.

To help combat the spread of COVID-19 and to keep up to date with the latest developments, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au (External link)

Follow the Victorian Legal Admissions Board on Twitter for news and announcements! @VicLegalAdmin (External link)

ORDERS ADMITTING NEW LAWYERS TO PRACTISE

Orders made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria are available here (External link).

OVERSEAS ENQUIRIES

For any enquiry relating to overseas enquiries please send an email to overseas@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

FEES

All fees are made through the Service Victoria payment portal.  Payment can be made via Visa, Mastercard or PayPal. 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/ (External link)).

CHARACTER STATEMENTS

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pursuant to Rule 27 of the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015, the Victorian Legal Admissions Board has dispensed with the requirement that statements as to character must be provided by way of statutory declaration. Statements as to character which contain precise wording are provided.  Each form is editable, please ensure you use the correct form. Statements as to character can now be signed in the presence of a witness who is aged over 18 years. The statements are available here (External link).

ADMISSION CEREMONIES

Process for admission to practise

The Supreme Court of Victoria has indefinitely adjourned all in-person applications for admission to the Australian legal profession.  This means that the Court will not hold admission ceremonies for the foreseeable future.  The Court has taken this step after consideration of expert health and government advice about COVID‑19.

We and the Court understand the importance of continuing to admit new lawyers to practise.  As such, we developed a process to allow admissions to occur ‘on the papers’ while admission ceremonies are adjourned.  This process is available to people who have been granted a compliance certificate but who have not yet been admitted to practise as Australian lawyers.  Further information on how to file an affidavit for admission will be provided with your compliance certificate.

NAME AND ADDRESS DETAILS

For all applications it is essential that you enter your name in the contact details correctly. The name that you enter will be as it appears on your compliance certificate and admissions order.  This extends to the order of your name.  If you omit a middle name then it will not be shown.  Do not enter your name or any fields in the portal in CAPS.  You can return to the portal and amend your name up until you print off the statutory declaration.  If you wish your surname to be shown first, then enter this in the first name field. The name on your application  MUST be reflected in the ID that you use to identify yourself to the Board.

It is important to provide a full address including apartment & unit numbers in your online application.  As Admission Orders are posted, any incorrect address will result in non receipt of the Order.

Next admission
Banco Court (Court 1)
Supreme Court of Victoria
210 William Street, Melbourne