The Environmental Defenders Office is a not-for-profit community legal centre advising on environmental and planning law with the aim to increase public awareness of environmental law and remedies. EDO Tasmania aims to provide the public with the ability to have their say through free legal advice, help with environmental law research, referral to other groups and agencies and community legal education. When available summer/winter internships will be advertised at www.edotas.org.au. TULS will also make sure you know about this when opportunities arise! Expressions of interest: Students can contact Jess Feehely on 6223 2770 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Guardianship and Administration Board offers one lucky student during a semester the opportunity to volunteer. While there are no positions open for semester one 2016, the Board is hoping to be able to provide a position for semester two of 2016.
The Guardianship and Administration Board is a Tasmanian independent statutory board body that makes decisions for the benefit of person who have a disability, and are unable to make reasonable judgments about their lifestyle and financial matters. The Board maintains the authority to appoint guardians and administrators to make important decisions for those that have a disability.
The Board itself consists of the President, who is a legal practitioner and a number of members from legal, medical, accounting and community backgrounds that are rostered to sit on the meetings and tribunals held by the board.
This volunteer position is suitable for students in fourth or fifth year in 2016. Preference may be given to students who have had experience or relations within the disability sector, and/or who have an interest or passion in this area. The student will need to become familiar with the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (Tas), but pre- existing knowledge of the Act is not required.
This volunteer position is unpaid and students are expected to attend the Guardianship and Administration Board half a day per week. The successful applicant will gain experience in tribunal operation. The successful applicant will also receive experience in research and policy development.
For more information about the Guardianship and Administration Board visit: www.guardianship.tas.gov.au. Please direct any enquiries to the President of the Guardianship and Administration Board via email at email@example.com.
Anglicare Tasmania is the largest community service organisation in Tasmania, with offices in Hobart, Glenorchy, Launceston, St Helens, Devonport and Burnie and outreach programs in rural areas. Anglicare's services include mental health, housing and homelessness, counselling and family support, disability employment, acquired injury, disability and community aged care and alcohol and other drug services.
Anglicare's Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) works to create social change based on principles of social justice. SARC conducts research, engages in policy development, lobbying and advocacy work and campaigning activities with a focus on the needs and concerns of Tasmanians on low incomes.
Potential placements for law students in policy, research and advocacy
SARC is Anglicare's dedicated policy, advocacy and research team, based in Hobart. SARC publishes research reports and responds to policy changes and submissions. SARC also undertakes advocacy and campaigning on social justice issues. You can find out more about SARC's work on the SARC Blog, Facebook or the Anglicare website.
Short term projects
During the year SARC may need to prepare a policy submission and look for help with research. In this case SARC will advertise a position on the TULS website with a position description.
SARC is receptive to hosting internships which would suit socially conscious, motivated later year law students. The length and duration of the internships can be negotiated depending on the students' interests and SARC's research needs. Internships can take place over the University summer holidays in December-January or at other times.
The interns will be given a specific project related to SARC's work. It may be assisting with the development of a policy submission, doing a literature review, or assisting one of our researchers on a project. The project will have a legal angle. SARC would expect the interns to bring their legal skills to these internships and share these with the SARC team. For the interns, these positions will provide:
- Practical experience in a busy office working on social justice issues
- Exposure to working in policy development in the community sector
- Exposure to writing submissions to government, and
- Background experience to using legal skills in the community sector.
The Program introduces law students and graduates to career opportunities in native title, policy development, social justice and the broader Indigenous sector and aims to provide assistance to under-resourced and over-worked Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs), Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) as well as to various other organisations working in these areas including Indigenous corporations, government bodies, community groups and other policy organisations.
There are two intakes for interns annually, during the summer and winter university breaks, for five to six weeks, with some flexibility. Applications open in March and August of each year. Applications are open to law students who have completed, or are currently completing, the Property Law component of their legal studies as well as to some social science students and graduates. Internships are offered Australia-wide and we seek applicants who have a keen interest in some or all of the above mentioned areas.
NTRBs, PBCs and other host organisations are located in: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Armidale, Brisbane, Broome, Cairns, Camooweal, Canberra, Darwin, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Moree, Perth, Port Hedland, Sydney, Thursday Island and Wollongong.
Longer paid placements: Applications are also open to law students and graduates as well as to qualified solicitors, usually following on from an internship. Paid placements can start at two months and may continue for up to one year. Duties, conditions and remuneration vary from position to position.
For more information please visit our website.
A full account of the research into NTRBs and recommendations that led to the establishment of the Program can be found at our website.