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Membership Categories

Guidelines 

ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP

A person is eligible to be designated as a Fellow if –

  • they are a legal practitioner of not less than 5 years standing admitted to practice in a state or territory of Australia; and
  • they have satisfied the Council that they have:
  • completed a course of study approved by the Council as a specialist course in the Discipline; and
  • been engaged in specialist practice of the Discipline for not less than 5 years; or

the Council is satisfied on its own motion on such evidence and enquiry it determines, they have been engaged in specialist practice of the Discipline for not less than 5 years and are readily regarded by their peers a specialist practitioner of the Discipline and that it is inappropriate in the circumstances to require them to complete a specialist course of study approved by the Council as a specialist course in the discipline.

An Applicant who is not designated a Fellow under paragraph 9.1(c) may be designated a Fellow if they satisfy paragraphs 9.1(a) and (b).

A person is eligible to be admitted as an Academic Member if –

 (a)    they are an academic of no less than 5 years standing in an Australian or overseas University or publicly recognised equivalent Institute; and”

           they have satisfied the Council that they have:

  • been regularly engaged in academic research, writing, lecturing or consulting associated with the Discipline (in either a legal or nonlegal nature). 8 for not less than 5 years; and
  • are readily regarded by their peers as academics knowledgeable in the Discipline;

                         A person is eligible to be admitted as, or to remain as, an Associate Member if – (a) they are a legal practitioner admitted to practice in a state or territory of Australia or any overseas common law jurisdiction acceptable to the Council; (b) they have satisfied the Council that they: (i) are currently engaged in some way in the practice of the Discipline in their home jurisdiction; and (ii) aspire to further develop their knowledge and skills so as to eventually specialise in the practice of the Discipline; and (c) they do not qualify for any other class of membership of the College.

A person is eligible to be admitted as a Government Member if –

  • they are a legal practitioner admitted to practice in a state or territory of

 Australia or any overseas common law jurisdiction acceptable to the Council;      and (b) they have satisfied the Council that: (i) they are an employee of an Australian or overseas Government or Government agency or hold a judicial or quasi-judicial office under such a Government; and (ii) their role as such an employee or office holder is associated with the Discipline. 

                 

A person is eligible to be admitted as a Member without being categorised as a Fellow or Academic Member if –

  • they are a legal practitioner of no less than 3 years standing admitted to practice in a state or territory of Australia or any overseas common law jurisdiction acceptable to the Council; and
  • they have satisfied the Council that they are currently engaged in practice of the Discipline in their home jurisdiction in a significant way.

Only Members who have been Members for 3 consecutive years prior to the date of the relevant general meeting, Fellows and Academic Members and are entitled to attend general meetings and to vote at those meetings, but this does not exclude a person from attending a general meeting for the purpose of Rule 17.

“Discipline” is defined to mean the law and practice associated with common interest subdivisions (i.e. subdivisions involving lots and common property whether or not a body corporate is established to administer the common property).

Applicants should complete the application form in every respect, sign it and submit it to the College with a cheque for the entry fee and the first year’s membership fee (or half that membership fee if the application post dates 30 June).  In the case of applicants for membership as a fellow or for academic membership, the Referees’ Reports should be independently completed by the Referees and submitted by them direct to the College.  The Referees’ Reports are confidential between the Referees and the College.

Membership fees

Membership Category

Application Fee

Membership Fee

Fellow

$100.00

$775.00

Academic Member/Associate Member 

$100.00

$205.00

Member/Government Member

$100.00

$360.00