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About the Ballarat & District Law Association

The Ballarat and District Law Association (BDLA) was established on 22 March 1859 and is proud of its rich history of supporting regional lawyers and providing a strong voice. The BDLA predates the formation of the LIV, and a formal connection was established in 1917. Since this time, the BDLA has maintained a close connection with not only local legal practitioners, but judicial staff and officers and other regional associations, such as Bendigo and Geelong. While Ballarat's Gold Rush days are behind us, the richness and value of our profession continues to grow.

Part of the BDLA's mission is to provide current BDLA Members and legal practitioners with various support, such as:

  • meaningful networking opportunities between different professions that are part of the legal solution, such as the medical profession, emergency professionals, accountants, police and judiciary
  • access for our members to the benefits offered by the LIV, including CPD events, information sharing, advocacy and policy work in relation to legislative changes and including recommendations to the LIV for support services that regional practitioners would benefit from
  • a strong and uniformed voice for local practitioners to the LIV on matters that are important to, and are impacting on, members of the BDLA to assist with driving change for all Victorian lawyers
  • enhancing the reputation of regional lawyers
  • strengthening community involvement and fostering relationships with a variety of professions that operate in the community
  • fostering a stronger relationship with the Victorian Bar.

The BDLA is essentially the legal hub for all matters concerning its Members and is committed to advancing its members' interests within the greater Ballarat Region and the legal profession as a whole.

The BDLA Executive Committee consists of a vibrant mix of local practitioners from various areas of practice, to ensure that the BDLA represents the wide range of our members' needs and professional goals.

Upcoming Events

  • Regional & Suburban Series

    This webinar series has been designed to deliver informative, practical and engaging CPD, covering issues specific to our members who are practicing in regional and suburban Victoria.

    Upcoming Webinars
  • LIV Membership is due for renewal by 30 June

    Renew your membership for 2021/22 membership year and stay connected to more than 18,500 peers in the legal profession, as well as valuable tools, resources, networks and opportunities exclusive to LIV members.

    Renew now

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become a BDLA member?

    The BDLA welcomes all practitioners to the Association and encourages all practitioners in the area to become involved. The BDLA has two categories of membership pursuant to the Rules:

    1. Members
      To be eligible to become a Member a person must be an Australian lawyer working within the geographical area and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.
    2. Associate Members
      To be eligible to become an Associate Member, a person must be either
      1. An Australian lawyer or be undertaking a course of study, training or work experience to qualify that person for admission as an Australian Lawyer and living and working within the Geographical area; or
      2. A member of the Victorian Bar; or
      3. Has other qualifications, experience or connection to the legal profession that the Committee determines appropriate.

    If any practitioner is unsure whether they qualify for membership, or would like to confirm their membership, please contact Adrian Tinetti at

  • How do I contact the Committee?


    Toby Permezel
    T: 03 5331 2966


    Ashlyn McCurdy
    T: 03 5337 0285


    Stacey Free
    T: 03 5331 5466


    Sue Emery
    T: 5309 2117

    Young Lawyers Representatives

    Kristen Morrow 
    T: 03 5331 7255

    Laura McDonough
    T: 03 5331 2966