The success of our work heavily relies on the support we receive from student volunteers, events volunteers, volunteer interpreters, volunteer migration agents and seconded solicitors.

 Thank you cards Volunteers Final

For volunteer positions, make your selection below.

Event Coordinator

In March 2018 RACS is celebrating its 30th birthday with a gala dinner for 200-250 people and we need your help in coordinating the event!

Position description and more details here. 

Email eimear.osullivan@racs.org.au with your CV if interested!

Event Ambassadors

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join the team of events ambassadors!

***Note: we have a fantastic opportunity for an events volunteer to work on a fundraising gala night. Read the role description here 

To raise money and awareness of our work, RACS organises various events, from film screenings to holding a stall at local festivals and we need your involvement to make these a success!  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 and telling people about our work
  • Helping with setting up/packing up the venue or stall
  • Selling RACS merchandise
  • Accepting cash/EFT donations
  • Signing people up for newsletters
  • Answering questions

What we offer in return:

  • Making a difference to the lives of people seeking asylum by raising funds and awareness
  • Events experience
  • A fun group of people to volunteer with
  • RACS merchandise at a discounted rate
  • Discounted tickets prices to RACS events
  • End of year parties and celebrations

You can also get involved in our events work at RACS HQ if that's more your thing. We always need people to help us organise upcoming opportunities!

Follow us on Facebook or send an email to events@racs.org.au to hear about upcoming events.

Grant Writer

Volunteer Grant Writer

This is an extremely interesting opportunity for someone who is looking for a stimulating volunteer position.

The role involves researching grant opportunities, matching opportunities to RACS’ work and in consultation with the Fundraising Manager, writing grant applications.

Experience in writing grants is preferable. However if you have strong research and writing skills we can mentor and guide you. If this is the case, we would prefer that you are able to commit to a longer term position (perhaps 12 months) as mentoring will take time and commitment from RACS.

Ideally suited to someone who can commit to one full day per week, either from your home or in our Randwick office.

This role could possibly suit someone with a background in Journalism/Communication, Social Research, Policy or Development Studies or other professions that have a high standard of preparing written communication in form of proposals, presentations and reports.

For more information please contact Shauna Wolifson, Fundraising Manager at shauna.wolifson@racs.org.au

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

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
  • 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 see  below for current volunteer opportunities with us


Legal Student Volunteer

RACS is currently accepting applications for the November 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.

Working as a Volunteer Interpreter

The 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 a Volunteer Barrister or Instructing Solicitor
  1. Justice for Refugees (J4R) our pro bono Judicial Review Referral service for Fast Track asylum seekers applicant in NSW and on Christmas Island who have a negative decision from, or have been excluded from review in the Immigration Assessment Authority. We require barristers, instructing solicitors or law firms with administrative and/or immigration law experience for pro bono advice and assistance on applications for judicial review in the Federal Circuit Court (‘FCC’). For more information please contact Nadine Darling, J4R Solicitor: nadine.darling@racs.org.au

To assist the professional operation of RACS, RACS endorses  Code of Ethics for volunteers. Please read the Code of Ethics before applying.

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.