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.
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.
For open volunteer positions, make your selection below.
***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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com with subject "Volunteer Interpreter/Translator".
Volunteer barristers and instructing solicitors are required for the JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES (J4R) JUDCIAL REVIEW REFERRAL SERVICE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ambassadors. 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.
Currently there are no volunteer opportunities available. Please check back regularly.