Queen Elizabeth at the opening of the High Court of Australia


$65,368 - $69,315 plus superannuation

The High Court of Australia is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. Established by the Constitution, the Court hears and determines constitutional disputes, as well as appeals from federal, state and territory courts in all areas of law.

This is a new role in the Judgment Production Unit of the High Court of Australia which requires a keen eye for detail, and knowledge and experience in the proof-reading, editing and production of high quality documents. As this role works closely with Justices' staff, you will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, good negotiation skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality with respect to the Court's draft judgments. You will be expected to work with limited supervision and manage competing priorities while working to strict deadlines.

Applications for the position must address the selection criteria. Applications close at 10am on Monday 23 July 2012. A copy of the selection documentation is available below. For more information about the position please contact Trish Chalmers on (02) 6270 6841.

Applicants must be Australian citizens. Employment is subject to satisfactory completion of medical and police records checks. Appointment of High Court staff is made under the High Court of Australia Act 1979, and employment provisions and conditions are similar to those of the Australian Public Service.

Publishing Officer (Canberra) - job information pack (PDF 240k) (RTF 4.4M)

The Court is seeking a Legal Practitioner with litigation experience to assist with the preparation of matters listed before the Court. He/she will also be required to advise practitioners, litigants and members of the public on matters concerning jurisdiction, practice and procedures of the Court.

Salary $74,070 plus 15.4% Superannuation.

To apply for an associateship with a particular Justice, an applicant should write directly to the Justice with whom s/he would like to work. Alternatively, if you are interested in working for any one of the Justices without any preference then you should write to the Chief Executive and Principal Registrar, and s/he will raise your interest with the Justices. You should include a current CV and an academic transcript with your letter.

Generally there are no specific closing dates for applications but it is common for the Justices to appoint their associates two and three years in advance. An application should indicate the years the applicant would be available for employment.

Competition for appointment is very strong and there are sometimes upwards of 200 applications for potential vacancies. The normal expectation is that a person appointed as an associate will have graduated with first class honours and will preferably have research experience (and often experience working for a law firm or university or another court).

For general information about the Court, applicants should peruse the information available on this website, including the Court's Annual Reports. The address for correspondence is:

High Court of Australia
PO Box 6309

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Chief Justice Kiefel
The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel has now appointed associates up to and including 2024.Her Honour has no further associate positions available. Any previous applications received will not be further considered.

Justice Gageler

The Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler will appoint two associates each January to commence in January and July of the following year. Applicants should forward expressions of interest to Justice Gageler's Chambers in October of the preceding year and include a curriculum vitae and academic transcripts.

Candidates with postgraduate qualifications in law and prior experience as a judge's associate will generally be preferred. The next appointments will occur in January 2022 to commence in January and July 2023.  Expressions of interest should be forwarded in October 2021.Applications close 31 October 2021.

Justice Keane
Justice Keane has appointed his Associates until his retirement in October 2022.Further applications will not be considered.

Justice Edelman

The next associate positions available are from July 2024 and January 2025. Expressions of interest should be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 30 December 2022 (to be appointed early in 2023).

Candidates should have or expect a first class degree.

At least one position will usually be for a candidate with any or all of the following experience or qualifications:

  • Experience as an Associate on a different Court;
  • Postgraduate studies/qualifications in law; and/or
  • Time in legal practice.


Justice Steward

Justice Steward will next be considering applications for commencement in July 2022, for which applications containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcript should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by no later than 31 October 2021.

Justice Gleeson

Justice Gleeson has two associates, one commencing in January and one commencing in July.  The next available position commences in July 2023.  Applications for that position must be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 13 December 2021.  Applications should contain a covering letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcript and contact details for two referees.

High Court of Australia PO Box 6309 KINGSTON ACT 2604


The High Court maintains a register to assist in filling non-ongoing (temporary) employment opportunities that may arise nationally. The register is used to allow Managers to search for suitable candidates when a vacancy arises. The positions may be located in any of our offices which are located in all capital cities.

These vacancies are non-ongoing (temporary) employment opportunities and contracts may vary from a few days to 12 months depending on the business requirement. Often these positions are required to be filled at short notice. The positions may be full time, part time or casual. Casual positions can be of an intermittent nature with hours and working days varying as required.

Positions are mainly office based and may be filled at the HCE 1-6 level or Executive 1 and 2 levels – the structure is similar to the Australian Public Service. Positions may become available in a range of disciplines including; Cleaners, Court Guides, Court Reporters, Client Services, Human Resources, Communications, Media & Marketing, Project Management, Personal Assistant and  IT disciplines.

The High Court’s Non-ongoing (Temporary) Employment register is re-advertised every 12 months. At the end of each 12 month period you will need to re-apply to the new register if you are still interested in non-ongoing employment with the High Court.

Candidates may be contacted to assess suitability and availability as employment opportunities arise.

Vacancies may be either specified term or intermittent non-ongoing (temporary) employment opportunities. Contracts may vary from a few days to 12 months depending on the business requirement of the High Court of Australia.

Please complete the employment form available below along with your resume and summary of experience in your relevant field and email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it please title your email Temporary Register.


Please note that you must be an Australian citizen to be eligible for employment with the High Court, you will also require a Police check and a medical, both must be satisfactory for employment.

Temporary employment register application form (PDF 56k) (RTF 252k)