Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the High Court of Australia

Employment

HCE Level 3

$55,676-$59,973 plus 15.4% Superannuation

This position is located in Sydney in the Law Courts Building in Queens Square and is a part of the High Court's Registry Branch.  The Registry is responsible for providing information and assistance to legal practitioners and litigants on the jurisdiction, practice and procedure of the High Court.  It is also responsible for the filing of proceedings and for collecting and accounting for all fees received by the Court.

The occupant of this position will perform a range of tasks that contribute to the smooth daily operations of the High Court Registry in Sydney.  This will include attending to telephone and counter enquiries and providing information and assistance to legal practitioners and litigants regarding matters filed in the Court. Experience working in a legal environment, or a court or tribunal registry, is highly desirable.

 

Contact Officer after reading the selection documentation:
Matt Grey, Deputy Registrar. Telephone 02 9230 8375  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The closing date for applications is 10am Monday 28 July 2014

Job Pack  (PDF 250K)

To apply for an associateship with a particular Justice, an applicant should write directly to the Justice with whom s/he would like to work. Alternatively, if you are interested in working for any one of the Justices without any preference then you should write to the Chief Executive and Principal Registrar, Mr Andrew Phelan, and he will raise your interest at a meeting with the Justices. You should include a current CV and an academic transcript with your letter.

Generally there are no specific closing dates for applications but it is common for the Justices to appoint their associates two and three years in advance. An application should indicate the years the applicant would be available for employment.

Competition for appointment is very strong and there are sometimes upwards of 200 applications for potential vacancies. The normal expectation is that a person appointed as an associate will have graduated with first class honours and will preferably have research experience (and often experience working for a law firm or university or another court).

For general information about the Court, applicants should peruse the information available on this website, including the Court's Annual Reports. The address for correspondence is:

High Court of Australia
Parkes Place
Canberra ACT 2600

In addition to associateships the Court also engages a Legal Research Officer each year for a 12 month period (a similar period to that for which associates are employed). If you are interested in applying for this position, you should contact Ms Petal Kinder, Court Librarian, by mail at the above address or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Justice Gageler
The Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler will appoint two associates each January to commence in January and July of the following year. Applicants should forward expressions of interest to Justice Gageler's Chambers in October of the preceding year and include a curriculum vitae and academic transcripts.

Candidates with postgraduate qualifications in law and prior experience as a judge's associate will generally be preferred.The next appointments will occur in January 2015 to commence in January and July 2016.  Expressions of interest should be forwarded in October 2014.

The High Court maintains a register to assist in filling non-ongoing (temporary) employment opportunities that may arise nationally. The register is used to allow Managers to search for suitable candidates when a vacancy arises. The positions may be located in any of our offices which are located in all capital cities.

These vacancies are non-ongoing (temporary) employment opportunities and contracts may vary from a few days to 12 months depending on the business requirement. Often these positions are required to be filled at short notice. The positions may be full time, part time or casual. Casual positions can be of an intermittent nature with hours and working days varying as required.

Positions are mainly office based and may be filled at the HCE 1-6 level or Executive 1 and 2 levels – the structure is similar to the Australian Public Service. Positions may become available in a range of disciplines including; Cleaners, Court Guides, Court Reporters, Client Services, Human Resources, Communications, Media & Marketing, Project Management, Personal Assistant and  IT disciplines.

The High Court’s Non-ongoing (Temporary) Employment register is re-advertised every 12 months. At the end of each 12 month period you will need to re-apply to the new register if you are still interested in non-ongoing employment with the High Court.

Candidates may be contacted to assess suitability and availability as employment opportunities arise.

Vacancies may be either specified term or intermittent non-ongoing (temporary) employment opportunities. Contracts may vary from a few days to 12 months depending on the business requirement of the High Court of Australia.

Please complete the employment form available below along with your resume and summary of experience in your relevant field and email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it please title your email Temporary Register.

Eligibility

Please note that you must be an Australian citizen to be eligible for employment with the High Court, you will also require a Police check and a medical, both must be satisfactory for employment.

Temporary employment register application form (PDF 56k) (RTF 252k)