The success of our work heavily relies on the support we receive from our many volunteers.
For 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 also be enrolled in, or about to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at College of Law or the equivalent at a participating university. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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: email@example.com
Legal Student Volunteer
RACS is currently accepting applications for May 2019 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.
In return, we offer you a vibrant and supportive working environment, an induction program and range of experiences in a community legal centre.
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.
- Important: As RACS receives a high volume of applications only successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.
We hold four information sessions throughout the year where we talk about all the different ways you can support RACS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about our work and to meet our staff. The types of non-legal volunteering opportunities include: assisting at events, office work including IT, marketing, data entry and communications, language interpreting and more. We can also provide ideas for running your own fundraising campaigns.
If you are interested in non-legal volunteering positions please register by emailing to email@example.com. We will then notify you when we have confirmed dates for our next information session.
The NSW Humanitarian Hub is a collaborative project between the Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC), the House of Welcome (HOW), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). For volunteer opportunities within the sector please visit the NSW Humanitarian Hub: www.nswhumanitarianhub.org.au/volunteer.
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.