Careers

Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice

  • Help shape PIAC’s strategy for working with First Nations people
  • Public interest casework and legal policy advocacy
  • Permanent, full or part time, identified role

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that works for social justice by driving changes to laws, policies and practices that cause or entrench disadvantage, through strategic legal casework and systemic policy advocacy.

We have a history of successful work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, to protect and promote human rights, in areas including policing, youth justice, child protection and truth-telling. Our work reflects the priorities and goals identified by our clients and/or partner Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and representative bodies.

As a Senior Solicitor you will lead, or as a Solicitor play a central role in delivering, PIAC’s work to advance justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Solicitor or Senior Solicitor opportunity
  • Identified position available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only
  • Permanent, full time or part time considered
  • Sydney, CBD location, with remote work supported

You have strong legal practical skills and the capacity to identify and develop innovative legal, policy and political strategies to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice issues. Additionally, you have:

  • Eligibility to apply for NSW Practising Certificate
  • 3+ years post-admission legal practice experience

This position is intended as a special measure for the purposes of s 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the subject of an exemption granted under s 126 of the Anti- Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

If you would like to join us in working to remove barriers to justice, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Inquiries should be directed to Camilla Pandolfini via cpandolfini@piac.asu.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Solicitor/Senior Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice in the subject field. Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible.

ATSIJ – Solicitor-Senior Solicitor position description

Aboriginal Social Justice Graduate Program
Public Interest Advocacy Centre / The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre

  • Opportunity for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander law graduate
  • Work with respected legal teams at forefront of social justice
  • Transition into solicitor role with professional mentoring

The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre (The Shopfront) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) have partnered to provide this unique opportunity to lay the foundations for your legal career.

The Shopfront provides free legal advice and assistance for homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 25 years and younger. It is a pro bono project of Herbert Smith Freehills, in partnership with Mission Australia and The Salvation Army.

PIAC is a community legal centre that works for social justice by driving changes to laws, policies and practices that cause or entrench disadvantage, through strategic legal casework and systemic policy advocacy.

  • Structured 2-year program for law graduates
  • Financial support and paid Practical Legal Training
  • Sydney, CBD location, with remote work supported
  • Identified position for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

In your first 12 months you will be supported to achieve admission as a lawyer in NSW, while working part time in a paralegal role at The Shopfront and PIAC. Over the following 12 months you will be employed full time as a solicitor, providing individual casework assistance to clients of The Shopfront, while working at PIAC on strategic responses to issues arising in that casework.

You can demonstrate your commitment to social justice and have completed LLB or JD law degree in Australia, with capacity to:

  • Manage competing demands and deliver high-quality results on time
  • Undertake detailed legal research with meticulous writing skills
  • Achieve outcomes individually and within a team
  • Engage in a way that promotes fairness and equity

This position is intended as a special measure for the purposes of s 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the subject of an exemption granted under s 126 of the Anti- Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

If you’d like to gain hands on legal experience, professional mentoring and training to provide the foundations for a successful career in the law, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Inquiries should be directed to jobs@piac.asn.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Aboriginal Social Justice Graduate Program, PIAC/The Shopfront in the subject field. Please note the application close date is Friday 26 March 2021.

PIAC/The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre Aboriginal Social Justice Graduate Program – position description

Project Officer, StreetCare, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

  • Support people with lived experience to advocate on homelessness
  • Ensure the views of consumers inform policy development
  • Fixed term contract, part time, 3 days per week

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that works for social justice by driving changes to laws, policies and practices that cause or entrench disadvantage, through strategic legal casework and systemic policy advocacy.

PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) provides people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with legal assistance, advice and representation, to protect their human rights and progress our vision of a community where everyone has a safe and secure home. HPLS also addresses the causes of homelessness through strategic policy advocacy.

  • Fixed term contract to 30 June 2022, 3 days per week
  • Sydney, CBD location, with remote work supported

As part of the HPLS team and reporting to the Managing Solicitor, HPLS, you will coordinate PIAC’s homeless consumer advisory group StreetCare, including:

  • Identifying key issues related to homelessness to inform the priorities of StreetCare and HPLS
  • Organising internal and external meetings for StreetCare members
  • Designing and implementing consultation processes with StreetCare members

Ideally, you have experience working with people with lived experience of homelessness and facilitating consumer engagement with an understanding of government, law reform and policy making processes. Additionally, you have capacity to:

  • Understand the issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged people
  • Develop relationships and build networks in the homelessness and community legal sector
  • Draft submissions to government inquiries and contribute to reports and publications

If you’d like to contribute to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for people experiencing homelessness, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Inquiries should be directed to Kira Levin via klevin@piac.asn.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Project Officer, StreetCare, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service in the subject field. Please note the application close date is Friday 26 March 2021.

Project Officer – StreetCare – position description

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.

PIAC regularly has positions available for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLTs are supervised by a Senior Solicitor within our strategic litigation team, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The major projects currently being undertaken by PIAC with a strong legal component include the generalist strategic litigation practice and the Indigenous Justice Program.
PIAC’s strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents that protect human rights and promote social justice for disadvantaged people.

The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information and advice service and with PIAC’s litigation and associated policy and law reform, training and administrative work.

We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we ask PLTs to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, for a minimum of 60 days in total.

We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply.

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Solicitor, Strategic Litigation Erin Turner Manners by email on eturnermanners@piac.asn.au.

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