Policy Officer

12 month contract

Join a leader in social justice and make a real difference to people’s lives.
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that specialises in strategic litigation and systemic advocacy on social justice and human rights issues.
For over 35 years we have been tackling difficult issues that have a significant impact upon people experiencing disadvantage. We have a reputation for getting results and creating sustainable change.
The Policy Officer will work with staff across the organisation to respond to systemic policy issues in areas including homelessness and emerging issues such as the social justice impacts of climate change.
Applicants will have strong skills in research, strategic analysis and policy development, be an effective communicator and have a sound understanding of legislative, law reform and political processes.
Applications should be no longer than 5 pages in total and comprise a cover letter, resume, and a statement addressing the selection criteria. A position description including selection criteria can be downloaded below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries should be directed to Alastair Lawrie on 8898 6515.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 3 February 2020.

Position Description – Policy Officer

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note: we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.
Our next recruitment will be in early 2020.

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 Erin Turner-Manners by email on


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