Employment and Volunteering

Employment Opportunities 


Like most community legal centres, the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) relies heavily on volunteers.

As a legal practice and as registered migration agents we are subject to the professional practice requirements of both the Council of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA). Our volunteers are therefore unable to provide legal advice and assistance unless they meet the requirements of both regulatory bodies.

IARC has a number of ways that volunteers can assist at the Centre supporting our solicitors and registered migration agents with client work and with the broader activities of the Centre:


Practical Legal Training placements

The College of Law Practical Legal Training Program (the Program) satisfies the practical legal training requirements for direct admission to legal practice in New South Wales. In order to fulfil the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice enrolled College of Law PLT students can undertake their work experience component at IARC. The work experience occurs in the delivery of legal services and is supervised by an experienced legal practitioner who meets the requirements of the Work Experience rules of the College of Law.

We ask that our PLT’s are able to work a minimum of three days a week and have at least 60 days of their 75 day placement to complete.

We recruit PLTs as required and positions are advertised on our website and on the College of Law website at http://www.collaw.edu.au/careers/

While we are grateful for the support offered, we are unable to accept unsolicited applications.



We work with a number of organisations to provide internships tailored to the knowledge and skills of the intern group. 

If your organisation is interested in working with IARC please contact us at iarcvolunteer@iarc.asn.au

Student placements

We work with universities, both in Australia and overseas, to provide opportunities for their students through placements for academic credit. Student placements are generally for one semester a day a week or for a specified time as a block placement.

If your university is interested in working with IARC on a program or you are a student who is responsible for organising her or his own placement between your university and IARC, please contact us at iarcvolunteer@iarc.asn.au

Professional volunteers

Our professional volunteers contribute their skills and knowledge to the Centre, collaborating with us on the scope of their work. Expertise is contributed in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Legal - developing resources, complex research
  • IT- data management, social media
  • Events - designing, planning and implementing fundraising and awareness raising initiatives
  • Training - designing and developing professional training and community information
  • Project planning - developing projects and new initiatives 
  • Funding/fundraising - identifying funding opportunities 

IARC is always interested in developing new initiatives. While we have identified areas where we require expert assistance, we are also interested in being approached by individuals who have skills they can offer. 

If you are a professional who is interested in working with IARC please contact us at iarcvolunteer@iarc.asn.au

Pro bono support

IARC is grateful for support from the legal profession who provide pro bono legal services and support to the Centre and to our clients. 

IARC is always happy to discuss opportunities for professional organisations to provide support to the Centre through the provision of their resources, expertise and skills.

If your organisation is interested in working with IARC please contact us at iarcvolunteer@iarc.asn.au


By donating to IARC you are helping us to promote and protect the rights and dignity of disadvantaged refugees and migrants. You are also part of a movement directly influencing the Australian government to change unfair laws affecting people who are already suffering from wars, persecution and discrimination.

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