Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Field of Law

Animal Law

Stage of Career

Secondary; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: RSPCA Australia Inc, PO Box 265, Deakin West ACT 2600, Australia
Phone: 02 6282 8300
Website: http://www.rspca.org.au/

Description of Organisation

RSPCA Australia is a Federation of eight independent State and Territory RSPCA bodies called member Societies. RSPCA member Societies do much of the hands on work traditionally associated with the RSPCA such as the operation of shelters and the Inspectorate plus community education and fundraising.

Number of legal positions within organisation:  1 (one ‘policy officer' who focuses on legislative and regulatory policy) at RSPCA Australia. Several state member Societies also employ one full time lawyer/legal officer to manage prosecutions under state animal welfare law.

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

RSPCA education programs are run by the state-based RSPCA organisations such as RSPCA NSW, RSPCA Qld and RSPCA Victoria.

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Contact details for all state-based RSPCA organisations can be found at www.rspca.org.au/help/contact-us/state-societies.html

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Good knowledge of animal welfare law and policy.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Anything related to animal welfare law, particularly policy development/writing.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

We currently only have one full-time position.

Advice for applicants

Engross yourself in animal law. Join animal law organisations and volunteer your time. Educate yourself on current animal welfare issues. Research and if possible publish on animal welfare law related matters. This will demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to the field placing you in good stead for any future employment opportunities in the area.

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