Judges' Associates

The Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia offer a number of associate positions each year. Associates are employed as part of the chambers staff of a particular judge. They may provide legal research, in-court duties and other support for that judge. Further information regarding the appointment of associates can be found at the relevant link below.

Federal Court of Australia

The Federal Court offers a number of associate positions each year, which are generally:

  • for recent law graduates, and
  • not usually advertised on APSJobs.

Some judges provide information about the status of their recruitment, i.e. which year they are seeking associates for (often recruitment occurs 1–2 years in advance of the start date) and the specific requirements they may have for associates working in their chambers. Where such information exists, it can be found under the profile of the individual judge.

Associates are employed on a non-ongoing basis at the Australian Public Service Level 4 for a period of approximately 12 months. Associates generally commence at the start of the year, although there may be occasions when placements commence at other times.

How do I apply for a Federal Court Associate position?

You will need to write directly to the judge in whose chambers you would like to work, including a cover letter addressed to the judge along with your resume and a copy of your academic transcript.

Contact details for Judges’ Chambers can be found at the bottom of the left hand side bar of the Contact us page.

Family Court of Australia

The Family Court offers a number of associate positions each year, which are generally:

  • for recent law graduates, and
  • advertised on APSJobs.

There are two types of Family Court Associates: a judicial associate at Australian Public Service Level 5; and a legal associate at the Australian Public Service Level 4.

Associates are generally employed on a non-ongoing basis for a period of approximately 12 months with possible extensions.

How do I apply for a Family Court of Australia associate position?

Details on how to apply for an associate position in the Family Court can be found in the Recruitment section, under ‘How to Apply’.

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Federal Circuit Court offers a number of associate positions each year, which are generally:

  • for recent law graduates, and
  • advertised on APSJobs.

There are two types of Federal Circuit Court associates: the associate at Australian Public Service Level 5; and the deputy associate at the Australian Public Service Level 4. Associates are generally employed on a non-ongoing basis for a period of approximately 12 months with possible extensions.

How do I apply for a Federal Circuit Court associate position?

Details about how to apply for an associate position in the Federal Circuit Court can be found in the Recruitment section, under ‘How to Apply’.