Here at RACS, a dedicated group of lawyers and strategic staff work to obtain safety and protection for ordinary people from all over the world.  The success of the work heavily relies on the support we receive from student volunteers, events volunteers, volunteer interpreters, volunteer migration agents and seconded solicitors.

 

If you would like to support us by working with us, please choose from the available options below.  

Positions Vacant

POSITIONS VACANT

There are currently no positions available. Please  check back regularly.

For open volunteer positions, make your selection below.
To assist the professional operation of RACS, RACS endorses  Code of Ethics for volunteers. Please read the Code of Ethics before applying.

Code of Ethics

i) Volunteer workers must not give any legal advice or any information that could be construed as legal advice unless they hold a current practicing certificate and have sought permission from the Coordinator or Principal Solicitor.

ii) Volunteer workers must not give any migration advice or any information that could be construed as migration advice unless they hold a current migration agents registration and have sought permission from the Coordinator or Principal Solicitor.

iii) Volunteer workers must practice and maintain confidentiality and abide by the conditions of the Confidentiality Agreement.

iv) RACS requires volunteers to support the shared philosophy and values of the Centre.

v) RACS requires that volunteers treat clients with respect and dignity at all times and maintain a non-judgmental manner.

vi) RACS requires volunteers to make a commitment to the Centre of at least one day per week for six up to twelve months, or equivalent, depending on the role.

vii) RACS requires volunteers to provide sufficient notice for alternate arrangements to be made by RACS if they are unable to meet commitments.

↘ Working as a Volunteer Administrative Assistant

WORKING AS A VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) seeks a dedicated volunteer to join its team of committed human rights advocates as an Administrative Assistant.
You will receive training and supervision. Responsibilities include filing and archiving, assisting with client coordination and appointment booking, a variety of other administrative and organisational duties as required.
You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect asylum seekers, and a capacity to problem-solve. Administrative and organisational experience will be highly regarded. You must be confident in dealing with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds in a compassionate and respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.
This postion is unpaid.

For more information on the application process please click  here.

Working as a Practical Legal Trainee

WORKING AS A PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINEE

***RACS is accepting applications for PLTs  ***
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) seeks a dedicated person to join its team of committed human rights lawyers as a Practical Legal Trainee (students who hold a law degree and who are undertaking a course for practical admission as a lawyer). There are multiple positions available in our Randwick office, our Outreach Service offices in Auburn and Parramatta, and the Asylum Seeker Centre office in Newtown.

Responsibilities include research, drafting statements, observing and assisting with client appointments, accompanying lawyers to client meetings and DIBP interviews and variousother administrative and legal tasks. You will receive on-the-job training and supervision.
You will have had previous volunteer experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect people seeking asylum, and a capacity to problem-solve. You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.
These are unpaid positions.

Requirements:
You must be enrolled in, or about to enrol in, College of Law. It would be preferable if you are available to work a minimum of 3 or 4 days per week. We have a required minimum of 60 days.

How to Apply:
To apply, please email a cover letter setting out your interest in working at RACS, your CV and current availability to Reeve Koelmeyer at racsvolunteer@racs.org.au with subject“PLT Application”. Please include how many days per week you can commit to and when you are available to start. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible, as applications will be evaluated upon receipt. For more information please telephone (02) 8317 6500.

Working as a Student Volunteer

WORKING AS A STUDENT VOLUNTEER

Duties of Volunteers
Volunteers perform a variety of research and legal preparation work as well as assisting with office and administrative work.
What we require from you
Before working with the Centre, student volunteers agree to:

  • contribute at least one day per week for a three – six month period (or full time in the winter and summer internship periods)
  • provide adequate notice if they are unable to meet commitments, and
  • accept the terms and conditions of the confidentiality agreement.

What we offer you in return
The Centre offers volunteers:

  • a vibrant and supportive working environment,
  • an induction program,
  • the opportunity to participate in any RACS’ training courses in refugee law, and
  • a range of experiences in a community legal service.

Please below for current volunteer opportunities with us


Legal Student Volunteer

RACS is currently accepting applications for the May intake of the RACS Volunteer Program. Applications will be reviewed closer to the intake date.

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) seeks dedicated law students to join its team of committed human rights lawyers as Legal Volunteers. There are multiple positions available.
You will receive training and supervision. Responsibilities include research, form-filling, assisting with client enquiries, scheduling client appointments and various other administrative and legal tasks.

You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect asylum seekers, and a capacity to problem-solve. You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.
These are unpaid positions.

Requirements: You must be willing to commit to at least one full day (9:30am-5:00pm) per week for a minimum period of three months and be in your second year or above in your university program.

Application Procedure: To apply, please email a cover letter setting out your interest in working at RACS and your CV to Reeve Koelmeyer at racsvolunteer@racs.org.au with subject “Volunteer Application”. Please include your availability and state when you are available to start. Please also note in your application if you speak a second language. For more information please phone (02) 8317 6500.


Legal Volunteer(Outreach Service in Auburn or Parramatta)

RACS is currently not accepting applications for the RACS Volunteer Program. 

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) seeks dedicated law students to join its team of committed human rights lawyers as Legal Volunteers. There are multiple positions available.
Responsibilities include meeting clients, form-filling, assisting with client enquiries, scheduling client appointments, copying documents, making legal file notes and various other administrative and legal tasks. You will receive on-the-job training and supervision.

You will be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect asylum seekers, and a capacity to problem-solve. You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.

These are unpaid positions.

Requirements: You must be willing to commit to at least two full days (9:30am-4:00pm) a week for a minimum period of three months. The serivce in Auburn requires volunteers on both Monday and Wednesday. The outreach service in Paramatta requires volunteers on both Monday and Friday.

Application Procedure: To apply, please email a cover letter setting out your interest in working at RACS and your CV to Reeve Koelmeyer at racsvolunteer@racs.org.au with subject “Volunteer Application (Outreach Service)”. Please include your availability and state when you are available to start. Please also note in your application if you speak a second language. For more information please phone (02) 8317 6500.

 

 

Working as a Volunteer Interpreter

WORKING AT RACS AS A VOLUNTEER INTERPRETER

TVolunteer interpreters needed (3)he majority of our clients are new to Australia and we need a pool of volunteer interpreters to rely upon.

Our clients are from many language backgrounds. There is a particular demand for Arabic, Hazaragi, Pashto, Urdu, Farsi, Dari, Turkish, Nepalese,  Bengali, Spanish, Indonesian, Burmese languages, Mandarin and Cantonese, although of course, all languages are welcome.

We welcome all who have a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators & Interpreters) accreditation as well as unaccredited interpreters  with extensive experience.

 

Although we have a greater need for interpreters, translators are also welcome to volunteer.

Volunteer Interpreters are needed for:

– our Evening Advice clinic on Mondays that takes place every Monday evening with appointments scheduled from 6pm to 9pm. Appointments generally last about an hour but may be shorter or longer depending on the case.

– day to day appointments during the working week. Our solicitors often need to work in conjunction with our clients and translators.

 

To apply, please email short paragraph about your interest in working at RACS, your CV, and current availability to admin@racs.org.au with subject “Volunteer Interpreter/Translator”.

Working as an Events Volunteer

WORKING AS AN EVENTS VOLUNTEER

As a part of our fundraising strategy, RACS is organizing various events, from film screening to holding a stall at the local festival. We are looking for enthusiastic people to join the team of events volunteers. Training and uniform are provided for every event.
Duties are varied based on the nature of event, but in general include the following:

  • Representing RACS
  • Attending events on behalf of RACS
  • Helping with setting up/packing up the venue
  • Selling RACS merchandise
  • Accepting cash/EFT donations
  • Signing people up for newsletters
  • Answering questions

What we offer in return:

  • Experience of working with the pre-eminent refugee legal centre
  • RACS merchandise at a discounted rate
  • Discounted tickets prices to RACS events
  • End of year parties and celebrations

Opportunities arise from time to time throughout a year. Weekend shifts may be involved.


Working as a Volunteer Lawyer/Migration Agent

WORKING AS A VOLUNTEER LAWYER/MIGRATION AGENT

RACS currently does not need lawyer/migration agent volunteers.

Overview

More than 20 lawyers and/or migration agents are currently volunteering to assist at RACS’ Monday night evening advice service. Up to 32 asylum seekers access this service each month.

Lawyers/migration agents who volunteer to assist with this service are rostered on a monthly or fortnightly basis, depending on their availability.

You must have a current practicing certificate as a solicitor or barrister.

Duties of Volunteer Lawyer/Migration Agents

The evening advice service provided by RACS is designed to provide limited advice and free legal assistance to asylum seekers who cannot afford representation.

Structure of the Evening Advice Service

This service is by appointment each Monday from 6pm to 9pm. 3 to 4 clients are booked per session.

Each session is staffed by a RACS caseworker who supervises 3 – 4 volunteer lawyers/migration agents. Lawyers/agents will see between 2 and 3 clients per session.

Volunteer lawyers/migration agents are able to ask the RACS caseworker for advice or to deal with a particular client or legal problem if they are not comfortable doing so.

Working as a Seconded Solicitor

WORKING AT RACS AS A SECONDED SOLICITOR

Overview

RACS hosts solicitors from law firms in the private sector to work at RACS as refugee caseworkers. This project increases the number of clients that RACS is able to assist. It also serves to increase the legal profession’s understanding of refugee law.

Duties of Seconded Solicitors

Those solicitors seconded to RACS would be expected to undertake the same duties as RACS’ solicitors.

RACS’ solicitors typically provide legal assistance to approximately 200 asylum seekers at any one time. This legal work may involve: protection visa application assistance; representation at the Refugee Review Tribunal; assistance at Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ interviews; as well as requests for Ministerial Intervention. RACS’ solicitors also provide assistance in matters related to Protection Visas and referrals to other agencies or lawyers where appropriate.

Judicial Review Referral Service Network (J4R)

JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES (J4R) JUDCIAL REVIEW REFERRAL SERVICE – Volunteer barristers and instructing solicitors required

What is J4R ?
J4R is a pro bono judicial review referral service for fast track applicant asylum seekers in New South Wales and on Christmas Island who have a negative decision from, or have been excluded from review in, the Immigration Assessment Authority.

We are seeking support from the legal community to extend our network of legal professionals who are willing to provide pro bono advice and assistance on applications for judicial review in the Federal Circuit Court (‘FCC’). If you are a barrister or law firm with administrative and/or immigration law experience, or are looking to develop a practice in these areas, please get in touch with us.

What sort of commitment is involved?
If a barrister has capacity, RACS will provide a Brief requesting advice on prospects of success of an application for judicial review. If prospects are found, then RACS will attempt to find an instructing solicitor to run the matter in the FCC with the barrister.

To find out more
Contact Nadine Darling, J4R Solicitor via nadine.darling@racs.org.au