Information for trust account examiners

Criteria for designation as an external examiner

To be eligible for appointment as a designated external examiner, pursuant to Section 240(1) of the Legal Profession Act 2006, the individual must be:

  1. A member of CPA Australia holding a current Public Practice Certificate issued by that body, or
  2. A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand holding a current Certificate of Public Practice issued by that body, or
  3. A member of the Institute of Public Accountants holding a current Professional Practice Certificate issued by that body, or
  4. A person registered as an auditor under Part 9.2 of the Corporations Act, or
  5. Employees or agents of the designated local regulatory authority; and
  6. Have successfully completed a course of education approved by the Council.

The Council of the ACT Law Society has approved the following courses of education:

  • External examiner course run by the ACT Law Society
  • External examiner course run by the NSW Law Society
  • External examiner course run by the Law Institute of Victoria.

These Criteria are effective as at 20 November 2017 and eligibility is generally for a 5 year period.

Apply for recognition

If you would like to be recognised as a Designated External Examiner in the ACT, please send a request in writing, including evidence that you meet the required criteria. 

Requests are considered by the Executive Committee before approval is granted.

Write to Lea McLean, Finance & Business Services Manager, ACT Law Society, GPO Box 1562, Canberra ACT 2601, or email

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