Liberty Victoria

Field of Law

Human Rights

Stage of Career

Undergraduates, Practising Lawyers (Volunteer only)

Contact Details

Address: GPO Box 3161 Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3001
Phone: 03 9670 6422
Visit the Liberty Victoria website
Social Media: Facebook; Twitter
Contact person: Grace Girardi
Email: info@libertyvictoria.org.au

Description of Organisation

Since 1936 Liberty Victoria has worked to defend and extend human rights and freedoms in Victoria. Liberty Victoria prepares submissions to government, supports court cases defending infringements of civil liberties, issues media releases and holds events on topical matters concerning civil liberties and human rights.

Liberty Victoria aims to influence public debate and government policy on a range of human rights issues and has produced policy statements on issues such as access to justice, a charter of rights, freedom of speech and privacy.

Number of legal positions within organisation: Liberty Victoria has 25 Committee members who do the bulk of the submission and policy work. All are volunteers.

Information for university students/graduates and practising lawyers

What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?

Volunteer positions arise from time to time - to assist with research for submissions and policy documents. We keep a register of volunteers to call on when required.

Liberty Victoria has created the Rights Advocacy Project (RAP), which is a community of lawyers and activists working for fairer laws for all Australians which works with law students and graduates.

RAP's work is bold, creative and strategic. We find new ways to tackle big problems and take our impact seriously.

RAP influences positive law reform and develops the next generation of human rights activists and lawyers. We have played a significant role in recent two legislative changes — the abolition of on-the-spot public transport fines and the repeal of anti-whistleblowing laws in offshore detention centres. We’ve also trained more than 60 emerging human rights advocates.

We recruit volunteers to work in one of three teams and provide them with strategic advocacy training. These teams undertake 12 to 18 month projects, supervised by leading human rights experts from Liberty Victoria. Together with our Steering Committee, these teams lead our advocacy work. For more details check https://libertyvic.rightsadvocacy.org.au/

Contact person for volunteers:  Email the Office Manager at info@libertyvictoria.org.au

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