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Aboriginal Social Justice Graduate Program

Communications Coordinator

 

Solicitor / Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation 

  • Be part of a leading team of legal change-makers 
  • Work on creative legal strategies to drive social justice
  • Full time, fixed term 12-month parental leave contract

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice organisation. 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 Strategic Litigation practice undertakes strategic legal casework, specialising in test cases, and brings legal expertise to systemic policy and law reform issues. The team both leads and contributes to priority projects that seek social justice.  

You will work primarily on PIAC’s Policing and Detention project, undertaking both public interest litigation and policy work, and in partnership with relevant stakeholders in the development and progress of our project work. Additionally, you will:

  • engage and collaborate with advocacy partners to identify opportunities for legal intervention
  • identify and contribute to innovative legal strategies for achieving public interest outcomes
  • subject to experience, supervise junior solicitors, interns, and paralegal staff

You are eligible for a practicing certificate in NSW and will ideally have litigation experience in discrimination law or intentional torts and criminal justice law or policy. You have sound legal casework skills, including in litigation, and a demonstrated ability to undertake high quality legal research and analysis. Additionally, you have:

  • worked with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • leadership skills and experience supervising other members of a legal team
  • excellent writing skills and an ability to build networks and partnerships

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

If you’d like to join us in advocating for fair use of police powers and rights in detention, 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 Jonathan Hall Spence, Principal Solicitor via [email protected]

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

Aboriginal Social Justice Graduate Program

  • 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. 

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. 

  • 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 

The program runs for a total of two years, in two phases. It can be tailored to suit the requirements of the different GDLP course structures on offer.  In phase one 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.  In phase two you will be employed full time as a solicitor, providing individual casework assistance to clients of The Shopfront, and then working at PIAC on strategic litigation and policy 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. 

Inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Hall Spence via [email protected] 

Please send your application to [email protected], including Aboriginal Social Justice Graduate Program in the subject field. Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. The anticipated commencement for this role is early June 2023.   

Communications Coordinator

  • Use your communications skills to build support and amplify PIAC’s contribution to public debate 
  • Work across social justice projects with a focus on the NSW ‘Raise the Age’ campaign  
  • Fixed term 3-year contract, full time 

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 dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported. 

Communicating about our work through the media and our owned digital channels is a central element of PIAC’s advocacy. This role will work across our priority areas with a particular focus on ‘Raise the Age’: a campaign to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to at least 14 years, coordinated by PIAC within NSW. 

Working with our policy, communications, and strategy team, and working in partnership with a range of stakeholders including the NSW Raise the Age Coalition, you will assist in producing and coordinating compelling external communications. This includes: 

  • creating content for channels including email, social media and PIAC’s website; 
  • providing admin support, media monitoring, data gathering and analysis; and 
  • assisting with the production of reports and publications and supporting events. 

 You have experience designing and delivering social media and traditional media campaigns to support advocacy and fundraising activities. You can work collaboratively to prepare campaign materials and key messages and produce digital and print media content. You will ideally have relevant tertiary qualifications in Communications or a related field and experience in: 

  • data analysis and reporting, relevant to communications activities; and 
  • website management systems, preferably WordPress. 

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

If you can assist our team to tell compelling stories that demonstrate the impact of our projects and inspire our community to actively engage in PIAC’s work, 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 Dan Buhagiar via [email protected]. Please send your application to [email protected], including Communications Coordinator 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. 

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