Careers

Project Director, Towards Truth

  • Ground-breaking work in partnership with the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW
  • Law and policy project to support truth-telling and a future Makarrata Commission
  • Part time, two-year fixed term contract

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

Our priorities include reducing homelessness, First Nations justice, climate change and social justice, equality and non-discrimination, asylum seeker health rights and the fair use of police powers.

PIAC offers a supportive workplace where staff wellbeing is promoted.

Towards Truth is a collaboration between PIAC and the Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) at UNSW that responds directly to the call of the Uluru Statement from the Heart for truth-telling.

We are building a database and accessible website that will provide an accurate, detailed map of the ways in which Australian laws and policies have impacted upon the lives of First Nations people throughout Australian history.

Reporting to the CEO, you have responsibility for delivering the Towards Truth project, managing a team including staff, pro bono lawyers and volunteers. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the project partnership with the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW
  • Driving the development of the Towards Truth database and website
  • Developing and managing external relationships, including funders and pro bono partners

You have tertiary qualifications in law or relevant experience in legal research with strong project management skills and experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and or organisations. Additionally, you have:

  • Capacity to develop formal and informal relationships and networks
  • An understanding of the law and functions of government
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse team
  • Excellent writing skills including experience in editing the work of others

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

If you share our commitment to realising the ambition of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Jonathon Hunyor via [email protected]

Please send your application to [email protected], including Project Director, Towards Truth in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Senior Policy Officer/Policy Officer, Energy + Water

  • Advocate for better household access to essential services
  • Peak voice for consumer organisations and the community
  • Flexible working conditions

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

PIAC offers a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported.

The Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) works for better regulatory and policy outcomes, so people’s needs are met by clean, resilient, and efficient energy and water systems.

Reporting to the Program Director and working closely with the rest of the EWCAP team, you will develop policy and research issues related to household energy supply in NSW and advocate on behalf of NSW households. 

Additionally, you will:

  • Draft submissions, media releases and other collateral
  • Support the planning, development, and execution of PIAC’s energy projects
  • Cultivate relationships with consumer and community organisations, industry, regulators, government, and other key stakeholders

You have experience in, or good knowledge of the energy and/or water industries and will ideally have a background in research and public policy development.

Otherwise, you have:

  • Policy analysis and project management skills
  • Capacity to write submissions to government inquiries
  • An understanding of the issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged people
  • Familiarity engaging with media including via social media

If you would like to contribute to PIAC’s energy advocacy, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description

Inquiries should be directed to Douglas McCloskey via [email protected].

Please send your application to [email protected], including Senior Policy Officer / Policy Officer, Energy and water in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.
 
PIAC regularly recruits for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid, however reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.
 
PLT placements are supervised by a Solicitor within either our strategic litigation team, our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service or our Truth & Accountability team. PLT placements will have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.
 
PIAC undertakes work with a strong legal component in our strategic litigation practice, the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and the Truth and Accountability team.
 
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 and advocate for policy and law reform to protect human rights and promote social justice. Our current focus areas include:
 
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • First Nations Justice
  • Climate change and social justice
  • A fairer NDIS
  • Fair use of police powers and rights in detention
  • Asylum seeker rights

Our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service protects the rights of people experiencing homelessness and helps reduce homelessness by tackling legal and systemic barriers that prevent people from accessing and maintaining appropriate, secure housing.

Our Truth and Accountability team uses legal research and analysis to support truth-telling overseas and in Australia, including First Nations-led truth-telling as called for by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Solicitor, Strategic Litigation Grace Gooley by email on [email protected]

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