Committee Charter




    The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is the committee of the Association which deals with matters involving (collectively professional development):

    1. continuing legal education and professional development (collectively education) for members of the Association and such other persons as the PDC determines;
    2. legal materials and resources for use by members in advising, drafting documents, arguing cases and otherwise in the course of undertaking their professional work (being articles, papers, precedents) (collectively legal materials);
    3. seminars and conferences;
    4. external advocacy courses;
    5. professional knowledge and skills.

    The PDC is responsible for:

    1. planning and arranging education sessions;
    2. liaising with the Law Society of South Australia (LSSA), the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (LPEAC) and other parties involved concerning the rules governing mandatory education for legal practitioners;
    3. creating, maintaining, reviewing and making available articles, papers and precedents for use by members;
    4. arranging seminars from time to time on matters of interest;
    5. planning and organising the educational content of the Association’s conferences;
    6. providing information to members about advocacy courses conducted by the Advocacy Council and other organizations;
    7. circulating information on seminars and conferences by other organizations on topics of interest to members;
    8. promoting and administering a judicial feedback scheme;
    9. facilitating the improvement of members’ professional skills and knowledge;
    10. assessing annually the level of compliance by members with mandatory CPD in accordance with the 5 year risk management plan;
    11. liaising with the ABA and sibling bar associations within Australia (usually via the President) concerning the sharing of legal resources and professional development generally;
    12. liaising with the LSSA (usually via the President) concerning professional development and with its professional development advisory committee;
    13. liaising with the Criminal Law, Commercial & Civil Law and Family Law Committees concerning the provision of professional development;
    14. reviewing the scope of its activities and of this charter.

    The PDC consults with the President:

    1. prior to any proposed dealings with the ABA or LCA;
    2. as necessary or desirable.

    The PDC meets:

    1. at least bi-monthly on the first Monday day of each even month or on such substitute days or more frequently as is determined by the Chair;
    2. on such other occasions convened by the Chair as are desirable to perform its functions;
    3. in person or by telephone conference as is determined by the Chair.
  5. The quorum for a meeting is 3 members of the PDC. The procedure at meetings is determined by the Chair.

    The PRC by its secretary maintains minutes of its meetings and forwards those minutes to the Association’s executive assistant within 7 days of each meeting.


    The PDC reports:

    1. orally by its Chair (or nominee) to the Bar Council at each meeting of the Bar Council in even months and otherwise as appropriate;
    2. in writing annually to the AGM.

    The PDC may form one or more working groups dedicated to specific aspects of its functions or specific projects.

    A working group comprises at least one person who is a member of the PDC and such other members of the Association as the PDC appoints.


    The membership of the PDC comprises:

    1. the Chair;
    2. the Secretary;
    3. between 4 – 8 other members.
  9. The Bar Council may from time to time appoint or remove a person as a member of the PDC.