Judges' Associates

Employment opportunities for law graduates

The Federal Court offers a number of associate positions each year. Associates are employed as part of the chambers staff of a particular judge. They provide legal research, in-court duties and other support for that judge. A list of Federal Court judges can be found under 'Judges of the Court'.

Associate positions are generally not advertised and the selection of associates is conducted directly by the judge(s).

Associates are employed on a non-ongoing contract at the Federal Court Staff Level 5 for up to 12 months and usually commence early in the law term, though placements may also be offered at other times throughout the year.

The terms and conditions of employment for Associates are set out in the Court’s Enterprise Agreement.

How do I apply for an Associate position?

To apply for an associate position, please submit your curriculum vitae and a copy of your academic transcript directly to the judge or to the District Registrar in the appropriate registry. Contact details can be found under the Contact Us page.

Any queries regarding Associate placements should be directed to the registry for which you are seeking a placement.