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Employment

DEPUTY REGISTRAR

PART-TIME, 22.5 HRS PER WEEK

HIGH COURT EMPLOYEE EXECUTIVE LEVEL 1 ($107,090 - $115,460 PRO RATA)

LOCATION:  CANBERRA, MELBOURNE OR SYDNEY

The High Court is looking for an adaptable, supportive, consultative and collaborative person to fill the position of Deputy Registrar. 

The Deputy Registrar is required to undertake a range of duties, primarily in relation to the filing, preparation and determination of cases filed in the Court’s original and appellate jurisdiction.   The Deputy Registrar provides information and assistance to legal practitioners and litigants to ensure the material lodged in the Court’s Digital Lodgment System meets the requirements of the rules of court and relevant legislation.

Applicants must be admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of a State or Territory (but need not hold a current practising certificate). 

For further information on this position and for details on how to apply, please read the JOB PACK. (PDF

Salary $77,337 plus 15.4% Superannuation.

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, and s/he will raise your interest 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
PO Box 6309
KINGSTON ACT 2604

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Chief Justice Kiefel

The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel has now appointed associates up to and including 2024.Her Honour has no further associate positions available. Any previous applications received will not be further considered.

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 cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcript and must include a postal address.

Candidates with post graduate qualifications in law and prior experience as a judge's associate will generally be preferred.  The next appointments will occur in January 2024 to commence in January and July 2025. 

Expressions of interest should be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in October only. Applications are open from 1 to 31 October 2023.  Early applications will not be accepted. 

Justice Gordon

The next associate positions available with the Honourable Justice Gordon are those commencing in July 2023 and January 2024. 

Applications for these or subsequent associateships should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcript, and contact details for two referees. Applications should be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 31 October 2022.

Candidates with post graduate qualifications in law, prior experience as a judge's associate or time in legal practice will generally be preferred. 

Justice Edelman

The next associate positions are available from January 2027 and July 2027. Expressions of interest should be forwarded to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  during December 2025 with applications to close on 31 December 2025 and interviews and appointments in January 2026.

Candidates should have or expect a first class degree.

At least one position will usually be for a candidate with any or all of the following experience or qualifications:

  • Experience as an Associate on a different Court;
  • Postgraduate studies/qualifications in law; and/or
  • Time in legal practice.

 
Justice Steward

The next associateships available with the Honourable Justice Simon Steward are those commencing in January and July 2025 for a 12 month period each.  Applications for these or subsequent associateships should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript and should be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it not before 1 October 2023 with the closing date being 31 October 2023.

Justice Gleeson

Justice Gleeson has two associates, one commencing in January and one commencing in July each year. The next available positions commence in 2025. Applications for these positions should be forwarded to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  from 1 to 31 October 2023.

An application should include a covering letter of no more than one page explaining why the candidate seeks the position, curriculum vitae, academic transcript and contact details for two referees. Early and late applications will not be accepted.

Justice Jagot
The next associateships available with the Honourable Justice Jagot are those commencing in July 2024 and January 2025. Applications for these or subsequent associateships should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcript, and contact details for two referees. Applications should be forwarded to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 23 December 2022.

High Court of Australia PO Box 6309 KINGSTON ACT 2604

 

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)