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Applying for an associateship with a Justice of the High Court of Australia

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
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 2023 to commence in January and July 2024. 

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 2022.  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 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 30 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

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 2024. 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 2022.

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