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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Practitioners are advised that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the CPD year has been extended to 30 June 2020 for lawyers, and 30 April for barristers.
Please refer to your membership emails from the Queensland Law Society or the Bar Association of Queensland, or, alternatively, please contact them for more information. 

COVID-19 update: All CPD sessions cancelled till 30 June 2020 

Due to the evolving pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all CPD events until 30 June 2020. This affects the following scheduled sessions:

  • Thursday 23 April / Cross cultural competency series:  Identifying the language needs of your client, and
  • Thursday 7 May / Cross cultural competency series:  Identifying the language needs of your client.

 All recorded CPD events from the 2019/20 CPD year are now available on the Grants Online System in the Information resources menu. If you require assistance locating these recordings or other CPD material in the Grants Online system, please email

 We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by these cancellations, however the health, safety and wellbeing of our community, clients and staff is paramount.

 Both the Queensland Law Society (QLS) and the Bar Association of Queensland (BAQ) have implemented compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) schemes as a prerequisite to issuing practising certificates to lawyers.

Both solicitors and barristers are required to gain 10 CPD points in a CPD year, running from 1 April and concluding on 31 March. (The rules of both professional associations make provision for the required number of points where a practitioner does not hold a practising certificate for the full year.)

Continuing Professional Development seminars

LAQ's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars are intended to provide professional development opportunities in line with the QLS and BAQ accreditation programs. LAQ's CPD seminars and events are listed on our website.

Unless otherwise stated in the CPD event details, all seminars are held at LAQ's Brisbane office (44 Herschel St) and are accessible at LAQ's regional offices through teleconferencing facilities.

Practitioners wishing to attend their local Legal Aid office for any CPD seminar should RSVP that local office or telephone 1300 65 11 88. Practitioners attending the Brisbane office do not need to RSVP, but should note their names on the register when they arrive.

Please note LAQ reserves the right to modify the program. Practitioners should refer to the Preferred Access - Grants Online Home page for changes to scheduled events.

  • View upcoming CPD seminars (see CPD events) listed under the Tools and Resources section of the For Lawyers page.

Continuing Professional Development resources

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) papers from LAQ's CPD presentations are available to all preferred suppliers. If you have any questions, please email Library Services.

Records of attendance

It's the responsibility of suppliers of legal aid services to maintain their own individual records of attendance at CPD events. Legal Aid Queensland does not accept responsibility for the completion of schedules of CPD points as required by the rules of the Queensland Law Society or the Bar Association of Queensland. There are many other ways in which requisite points may accrue and practitioners should confer with their professional body.

Queensland Law Society
Bar Association of Queensland

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