Work or volunteer with us

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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



Government Relations Manager
Full time, ongoing position
Sydney or Melbourne

The Human Rights Law Centre is seeking a Government Relations Manager who will advise the Centre on political strategies and opportunities and build strong government, political and stakeholder relationships across all levels of government to progress the Centre’s reform agenda.

The Centre has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights program and a focus on youth justice within this program. This exciting new role will work half-time on this youth justice work and half-time on the organisation’s other priority human rights issues, which include democratic freedoms, reproductive rights, economic justice, prisoner rights, business and human rights, refugee rights and institutional protections for human rights.

The Government Relations Manager will:

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key government stakeholders across state, territory and federal governments including members of parliament and within the public service

  • Working with senior staff, develop government engagement strategies for achieving law reform in priority areas

  • Manage the execution of government relations strategies and monitor and report on progress

  • Provide advice to staff and build their capacity to effectively engage with government to achieve law reform objectives

  • Assist with providing briefing and advice to relevant Ministers, members of parliament and public servants

  • Develop and maintain a database of key government contacts

  • Develop the Centre’s organisation-wide government engagement policy and monitor and ensure compliance with the policy, including in relation to knowledge management

  • Liaise with partner organisations to ensure consistent, effective government engagement on youth justice issues and the broader issues that the Centre works across

  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with partner organisations

  • Contribute to the development and evaluation of the Centre’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights program strategic plan and the Centre’s overall strategic plan

  • Undertake administrative tasks as required in a small team.

For key selection criteria, terms and conditions, and how to apply, download the Recruitment Pack - Government Relations Manager.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 25 July 2019.