Voiceless, the Animal Protection Institute

Field of Law

Animal Law

Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Practising lawyers

Contact Details

Address: 2 Paddington Street, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
Phone: (02) 9357 0723
Visit the Voiceless Website
Contact person: Dr Meg Good, Animal Law & Education Manager
Email: meg@voiceless.org.au

Description of Organisation

Voiceless works to educate and inspire a new generation to think critically and make positive changes for animals. Voiceless has two key educational programs, focussing on animal protection education in high schools, and animal law education in universities. A leader in animal law in Australia since 2004, Voiceless hired Australia’s first animal lawyer and engaged with high-profile international legal experts through the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series. The study and practice of animal law presents the opportunity to utilise new and existing legal remedies and strategies to better protect animals from cruelty, neglect and exploitation.

Number of legal positions within organisation:

One full-time employee, occasional volunteers and interns (depending on need).

Information for secondary schools

Voiceless delivers informative presentations which promote critical-thinking at schools across the country. All presentations are delivered by our Education Program Coordinator Hanna Lucas. To arrange a presentation at your secondary school, please contact Hanna: education@voiceless.org.au.

Please note: Due to Covid-19, presentations are currently conducted online.

Information for university students/graduates

What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?

Voiceless offers volunteering opportunities within the Animal Law Education (ALE) Program. We also run an Internship Program at our Paddington offices. However, due to the current situation with Covid-19 we are not yet able to advise when the next round of applications will open.

If you are interested in being added to the Voiceless Internship Program notification list, please email: meg@voiceless.org.au.

Registration on the list ensures that you will be notified once the next round of applications opens. If you are interested in volunteering with Voiceless, please email the above address with a copy of your CV attached.

We look for innovative original thinkers, with a strong work ethic and passion to achieve our organisational objectives. Interns and volunteers with our ALE Program are mainly involved in legal research and writing on topical animal law issues. Interns are assigned a project relevant to the creation of animal law educational materials. This generally involves project management, in-depth legal research, analysis of law/policy reform issues, and drafting case notes and content for possible publication. Interns are also involved in the maintenance of our online animal law forum ‘Voiceless Animal Law Talk’ on Facebook, explaining current news/developments in animal law around the world. As interns work closely with the Animal Law & Education Manager, they have opportunities to be involved in some in-house legal work, as well as meetings/events attended by the ALE Manager.

Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to be immersed in the working environment of one of Australia’s only national animal protection organisations;
  • Supervised by an experienced animal law educator, able to provide helpful guidance and feedback on legal research and writing;
  • Gain an understanding of key animal protection and animal law reform issues;
  • Exposure to in-house legal work in a non-profit organisation.

Contact person for volunteers:

Dr Meg Good (meg@voiceless.org.au)

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