Legal Associate

June 17, 2024
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

This position is within the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia


Purpose of position

This position is primarily responsible for the provision of services directly to the judiciary in specific locations and the public both locally (face to face) and/or nationally (as part of a dispersed national team).


Key Responsibilities and Duties

The occupant of this position:

  • provides research assistance to judicial officers
  • assists judicial officers with the management of cases and, if required, enters data into the Court’s case management system
  • assists with the preparation of matters for both the Court and the Judge, with the Judge’s judgment writing as required including head notes, catch wording, and editing in line with the Court’s judgments
  • publication standards
  • undertakes judicial associate and client service (court officer) duties, and provides assistance by updating chambers loose leaf series, and
  • assists with the general operation of chambers, when required.



It is a mandatory that candidates have completed (or near completed) a qualification in law.


Selection Criteria 

  • Ability to undertake research (including on-line research) and prepare reports and written correspondence.
  • Sound organisational skills including the ability to manage priorities, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure in a team environment.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills including tact, discretion, initiative and the ability to communicate effectively with members of the judiciary, the legal profession, the public and other court staff.
  • Ability to operate computer-based equipment and associated word processing and other software.
  • Knowledge, or ability to acquire knowledge, of Family Court functions, the organisation, practices, procedures and terminology.
  • To be eligible for employment with the Federal Court of Australia, you must be an Australian Citizen and will be required to provide proof of citizenship if you are the successful applicant.

Applicants offered employment will be required to successfully undergo a police record check and must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.

Successful applicants engaged into the APS will be subject to a probation period.


Contact Officer

For more information please contact Rachelle Lombardo via telephone 0447 248 599 or email [email protected]


How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form on the Court’s careers portal. If you have any issues with applying please email P&[email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.