Barrister – ANZSCO 271111
- Pleads cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals. Registration or licensing is required.
- Skill Level
- Queen’s Counsel
- Senior Counsel (Aus)
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Barrister is undertaken by the Legal Admissions Authority for each state or territory.
In Victoria: The Victorian Legal Admissions board.
In NSW: Legal Profession Admission Board
In W.A: Legal Practice Board of W.A.
In TAS: Board of Legal Education
The uniform principles for assessing the qualifications of overseas applications for admission to the Australian Legal Profession (with some state to state variations) are as follows:
To be admitted to the legal profession in an Australian jurisdiction on the basis of qualifications obtained outside Australia, an applicant must usually have:
(a) Completed a tertiary course leading to legal practice in the applicant’s home jurisdiction, which is substantially equivalent to a three-year full-time law course that leads to admission to the legal profession in Australia ; and
(b) Successfully completed subjects, either as part of that course or otherwise, which are substantially equivalent to the areas of study which Australian applicants must successfully complete before being admitted to the legal profession in Australia; view these core subjects here and
(c) Completed practical legal training or other experience to demonstrate the applicant has acquired and demonstrated an appropriate understanding of, and competence in, certain skills, practice areas and values, which are substantially equivalent to the skills, practice areas and values which Australian applicants must acquire and demonstrate an understanding of and competence in, before being admitted to the legal profession in Australia; and
(d) Met the requirements of the English Language Proficiency Guidelines set out here (Please note NSW has slightly different English Language Requirements)
Potential Visa Pathways for Barristers
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Group: 2711 Barristers
- plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.
- receiving written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from Solicitors, other specialist Legal Professionals and clients
- providing advice and written opinions on points of law
- conferring with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
- drawing up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
- researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
- outlining the facts to the court, calling and questioning witnesses, and making addresses to the court to argue a client’s case
- providing opinion on complex legal issues
- may draw up or settle documents
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing is required.
- Occupations in this Group
- 271111 Barrister
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
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|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 2 year or more visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
Study Pathways to become a Barrister
To become a Barrister, you first need a law degree or juris doctor qualification from university. You need to complete practical legal training and then be admitted to ‘practise’ as a lawyer. This means that you are a qualified legal practitioner and you can choose to work as either a barrister or a solicitor.
To become a barrister, you then need to spend 9 months in training, called ‘reading’. For part of the reading period, you will enrol in the training course for barristers (called ‘Bar Readers’ Course’). If you pass, you are entitled to work as a barrister (your name and signature will appear on the ‘Roll of Counsel’ of the Victorian Bar, which means you are a barrister).
Bachelor of Laws
- Duration: 3 to 4 years full time
- Total Course Cost Approx: $117,000 AUD
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent). OR: Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent). OR: Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)
- TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 67 (Listening 12, Speaking 18, Reading 15, Writing 21)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 50 (no section score less than 50)
- University of Cambridge – Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 169. No individual band less than 169.
- VU English – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.
- Juris Doctor of Laws
- Practical Legal Training