Work or volunteer with us

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Jobs

We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights team. Our vision is that Australia’s laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.

 

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us and supporting human rights. Regrettably, we are only able to take on a very limited number of volunteers due to capacity and office space issues. We want to make sure that our volunteers are properly supervised and have interesting, challenging work.

We are not currently taking on any volunteers or interns. We do not have the capacity to take on high school work experience placements.

Tips and resources for getting involved

We are sometimes asked for advice about how to get involved in volunteering and human rights law. Some helpful resources and tips are below:

Volunteering in community legal centres – Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres and national site

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law & Progressive Law Network ­ – Public Interest Law Careers Guide

University of Melbourne – Careers in Public Interest Law

So you want to be a human rights lawyer? RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice video

Bill Quigley’s Letter to a Law Student Interested in Social Justice