Forms, Policies & Guidelines

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Compulsory TPD and Life Insurance Scheme

The Bar Association has a compulsory TPD & Life Insurance Scheme for all ordinary and bar reader members.  The Scheme provides $300,000 cover and is paid upon death or diagnosis of a terminal illness, or upon assessment of total and permanent disability.
Please note:
  • Members may only opt-out of the Scheme after their 55th birthday.
  • TPD cover ceases on your 65th birthday.
  • Death and terminal illness cover continues until your 70th birthday.
  • Cover commences as from 1st July following acceptance.

A copy of the Policy can be found here.

Professional Standards Scheme

The Bar Association has a Professional Standards Scheme (which commenced on 1 July 2012 and was renewed on 1 July 2017).  All ordinary and bar reader members are automatically subscribed to and obliged to comply with the terms and conditions of the Scheme.

A copy of the Scheme instrument can be found here.

Members benefit by having their occupational liability capped to an amount of $1.5 million (to the extent that liability can be capped under the Professional Standards Act 2004 (SA)).

Disclosure Obligations

Participants in the Scheme MUST disclose their limited liability status on all written correspondence and on their website using the wording “Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation”.  Information about the Professional Standards Scheme disclosure obligations is available here.

CPD Obligations

Barristers must comply with the CPD scheme mandated by LPEAC (see the Law Society of South Australia for further information), as well as the SA Bar Rules.

The main points to note are:

  • Practitioners must undertake 10 units of CPD per year, including 1 unit in each of the following areas:
    • ethics;
    • professional skills;
    • practice management; and
    • bullying, discrimination and harassment.
  • Members must complete 5 units of SA Bar-Sponsored CPD activity (included in the 10 unit total).  Bar-Sponsored CPD activity includes attendance at SA Bar CPDs (free) and the Annual Conference.  See below for the full definition of Bar-Sponsored CPD activity.
  • Points accrued between January and March each year can be used in that CPD year or carried forward to the next CPD year, including for Bar-Sponsored CPD activity (the latter to a maximum of 5 units).
  • The CPD Year commences on 1 April of each year.
  • Barristers are required to keep evidence of their points for audit purposes (although the Association will assist with attendance sheets at Bar organised events).


The Definition of Bar-Sponsored CPD activity is as follows:

  1. Attendance at CPD sessions or seminars conducted by SABA (including the annual conference) (1 unit per hour of activity or pro rata thereto);
  2. Presentation of a CPD session conducted by SABA and preparation for the same (1 unit per hour of activity or pro rata thereof, with the unit value of preparation not exceeding the unit value of the presentation);
  3. Attendance at an advocacy course approved by the ABA or the ATC (which is deemed to constitute 5 hours of CPD activity);
  4. Presenting or coaching at an advocacy course approved by the ABA or the Advocacy Training Council (1 unit per hour of activity or pro rata thereto);
  5. Attending or presenting at the ABA National Conference (1 unit per hour of activity or pro rata thereof);
  6. Undertaking the SABA Bar Reader’s Course (which is deemed to constitute 5 hours of CPD activity);
  7. Presenting or coaching at the SABA Bar Reader’s Course, including at the Essential Trial Advocacy Course (1 unit per hour of activity or pro rata thereof); and
  8. Such other Bar-sponsored CPD activity declared by the Council to qualify as such.

JusticeNet SA (Pro Bono Legal Service)

The SA Bar Association is a supporter of JusticeNet SA and many of our members undertake opinion or court work in a range of areas on a volunteer basis, as co-ordinated by JusticeNet and with instructions from volunteering solicitors.

JusticeNet SA is an independent, not-for-profit legal service that provides free legal help to individuals and charitable organisations in South Australia (and the Northern Territory via their Federal Courts Self-Representation Service).  Its aim is to provide a ‘safety net’ for individuals who cannot afford a lawyer or get the help they need from elsewhere.  The Pro Bono Referral Service provides a referral service for low-income and disadvantaged South Australians experiencing civil law issues, as well as assists charitable and community groups.  The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project provides legal advice and representation on judicial review cases, while the Federal Court Self-Representation Service provides direct legal advice and assistance to people representing themselves in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.  The Homeless Legal program is a new outreach legal service helping people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

More information about JusticeNet, as well as becoming a member or supporter, can be found at

Barristers can apply to join JusticeNet’s Database and the Referral Distribution List by emailing