Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the High Court of Australia


High Court Employee Level 3

Salary $61,169-$65,891 pa plus 15.4% Superannuation
Non-ongoing, full time

The High Court of Australia (‘the Court’) is seeking a motivated and client focused person to contribute to the daily administrative operations of the Registry in Sydney. The successful candidate will be professional and responsive. This role would suit someone who is highly organised, can meet competing priorities and remain calm under pressure. Strong computer literacy and well developed written and oral communication skills are required.

This position is in the Law Courts building, Sydney 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 fees received by the Court. This position contributes to the smooth daily operations through undertaking, under routine direction, a variety of administrative tasks, particularly in relation to applications for special leave to appeal.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 27 April 2021

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Job Pack - (PDF) (DOC)

Salary $74,070 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

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 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 2022 to commence in January and July 2023.  Expressions of interest should be forwarded in October 2021.Applications close 31 October 2021.

Justice Keane
Justice Keane has appointed his Associates until his retirement in October 2022.Further applications will not be considered.

Justice Edelman

Justice Edelman has appointed associates up to July 2024. The next associate positions available are from July 2024 and January 2025. Expressions of interest should be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 31 December 2022 (to be appointed early in 2023). 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

Justice Steward will next be considering applications for commencement in July 2022, for which applications containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by no later than 31 October 2021.

Justice Gleeson

Her Honour has two associates, one commencing in January and one commencing in July. Justice Gleeson’s next available associateship position is January 2022. Applications for associateships in 2022 should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 June 2021. Applications for associateships in 2023 should be submitted by 13 December 2021. Applications should contain a covering letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcript and contact details for two referees.

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.


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)