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The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. Our diverse staff team has a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia.

Current Vacancies

Senior Lawyer — full time; 12 month fixed-term position based in Melbourne

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Lawyer to join the Human Rights Law Centre’s Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights and Business and Human Rights programs, with an equal split of work across both programs.

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, skilled and collaborative individual with a strong background in litigation. The Senior Lawyer’s responsibilities will include identifying opportunities for strategic litigation and coordinating litigation in partnership with pro bono legal teams and other not-for-profit organisations; coordinating and undertaking advocacy (including media appearances and public speaking), policy research and submissions; and other key responsibilities as listed in the recruitment pack.

This position will be based in Melbourne. It is a full-time, 12-month parental leave cover position. Part-time applications will also be considered.

Applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, who have a refugee background or other relevant lived experience are encouraged to apply.

Download the recruitment pack for more information about this role, the key selection criteria and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19 May 2019.



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. We want to make sure that our volunteers are properly supervised and have interesting, challenging work.

We only take on law student volunteers through established programs with universities and organisations. These programs will be advertised through the relevant organisation.

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