Join the Bar Association

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Membership Class A and B

Being a member of the Bar Association and holding a NSW barrister's practising certificate are distinctly separate. The Bar Association's Constitution provides that only local barristers holding a current NSW practising certificate can be a ‘Class A' member of the Bar Association. However, the Constitution also provides for ‘Class B' membership open to any interstate practitioners, judges or retirees. 

Reasons to become a member

Professional Standards Scheme

As a member of the Bar Association, if you have a practising certificate and approved professional indemnity insurance, your liability for damages is limited to $1.5 million by virtue of The New South Wales Bar Association's Professional Standards Scheme.

Member benefits

Members have access to a first-rate benefits program, launched by the Australian Bar Association and designed to meet the requirements of local barristers.

Member services

The Bar Association provides a range of services to help barristers manage the day-to-day pressures of running a practice, such as BarCare, access to childcare, assistance with fee recovery and more.

Have your say

Class A members with a current NSW practising certificate are eligible to stand for and vote at the annual Bar Council elections

Stay in touch

Receive regular e-mail updates on current news from the Bar Association and copies of the journal, Bar News.


Should you wish to apply to become a member of the Bar Association, please complete the application form  and return in the post to:

The Certification Officer
The New South Wales Bar Association
Selborne Chambers
174 Phillip Street
Sydney 2000
DX 1204  |  Fax: (02) 9221 1149  |

The membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June.