Work or volunteer with us


We have two exciting opportunities to join the Human Rights Law Centre team in Sydney to focus on our work defending democratic freedoms.

Our democratic freedom work is both responsive and agenda-setting. Currently it focuses on:

  • Promoting free-speech and assembly rights and challenging excessive anti-protest laws
  • Defending the rule of law and the institutions that protect and promote human rights
  • Promoting press freedom and whistleblower protections
  • Protecting the ability of civil society organisation to speak out and engage in public debate

We are recruiting for a Director of Legal Advocacy to lead this work and to work across other impact areas. The position will be based in Sydney and will be for a 12 months fixed term period, but subject to funding, it might be extended.

Download a copy of the recruitment pack for the Director position here.

We’re also looking for a Lawyer. This position is ongoing and is aimed at lawyers with more than 2 years post-admission legal practical experience and will be based in Sydney.

Download a copy of the recruitment pack for the Lawyer position here

The closing date for applications for both positions is Friday 15 September 2017.



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