Unconscious bias refers to bias that we may not even be aware of, which can affect our decision-making and behaviour in the workplace and in the recruitment process.

Rule 6.1 CPD Seminars

The Law Society is including unconscious bias training in Rule 6.1 CPD seminars, so that it is one option for legal practitioners when completing their mandatory CPD training.

Rule 6.1 provides that a solicitor must complete ten CPD units in each CPD year, including at least one CPD unit in each of the following fields: 
• ethics and professional responsibility
• practice management and business skills
• professional skills, and 
• substantive law.

The Law Society provides Rule 6.1 CPD seminars which comply with the compulsory units other than substantive law.

The first Rule 6.1 seminar with an unconscious bias training component was held on 24 August 2016. For information about upcoming CPD seminars, please go to the LawInform page.    

Unconscious Bias Online CPD

The Law Council of Australia has partnered with Symmetra to develop an online Unconscious Bias CPD module that will address the impact of bias in diversity in the law as well as its impact on key business and legal decisions.