Appointment as a Member of the Legal Profession Board – Expressions of Interest Sought

The Legal Profession Board’s major function is to receive and investigate complaints about the conduct of legal practitioners. The Board has six members, two are nominated by the Society and each must be the holder of a local practising certificate.

The Board has prepared a Board Member Information Pack which can be found HERE. Practitioners considering lodging an expression of interest should read this document.

In addition to the desirable competencies, skills and attributes particularised in the Information Pack, the Society has identified the following desirable attributes:

  • Considerable experience in private legal practice across a broad range of practice areas;
  • Sound knowledge of the ethical duties of legal practitioners

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably experienced practitioners interested in being nominated as a member of the Board.

Expressions close on 12 June 2018 and should be forwarded to Luke Rheinberger at the Society.

May 2018



Investigation into the ATO’s use of Garnishee Notices

The Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT), Mr Ali Noroozi, today announced an investigation into the allegations made during the ABC Four Corners program, aired on 9 April 2018, regarding the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) use of garnishee notices.

We welcome your input into this review. Details on how you may lodge a submission are available on the IGT’s website at:

Submissions allow us to have a better understanding of taxpayers’ experiences with garnishee notices and allow practitioners, such as yourself, to suggest improvements that could be made. Your submission is strictly confidential and we will not provide it to any third parties including the ATO. For more information, please refer to the link above and our privacy policy on our website:

The closing date for submissions is 22 June 2018.

Changes to Family Court Forms

A number of Family Court forms have undergone some minor changes. The updated forms have been published on the Courts website today, 21 May 2018.

What are the changes?

  • The following block from the top of the forms has been removed
  • If a form includes a request for gender this has been updated to include the option of X for indeterminate/intersex/unspecified.

 Which forms have changed?

The following Family Court forms have been updated:

Given the nature of the changes to these forms, there is no requirement for a formal grace period. Current printed stock of these forms will still be accepted by the Court.

All Family Court forms are available on the website


Changes to Federal Circuit Court Industrial forms

Memo to Law Societies re Industrial Form Changes

The following Federal Circuit Court forms have been updated:

  • Form 1 – Claim under Workplace Relations Act 1996 for unlawful termination of employment;
  • Form 2 – Claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 alleging dismissal in contravention of a general protection;
  • Form 3 – Claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 alleging unlawful termination of employment;
  • Form 4 – Claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 alleging contravention of a general protection;
  • Form 5 – Small claim under the Fair Work Act 2009;
  • Form 6 – Claim under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 alleging reprisal.

The new forms will be available at the following link on the Federal Circuit Court website: