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Industrial Relations (IR) Legal Stream

Attorney-General's Department

Industrial Relations (IR) legal stream offers career opportunities for talented and motivated law graduates.
As an IR graduate lawyer, you will be in the full range of work undertaken by our legal teams, including in the areas of

  • government and administrative law
  • legislation development (including drafting of legislative instruments) and litigation
  • workplace relations law
  • workers’ compensation and work health and safety law

You will provide legal advice and services (including in relation to the development of legislation and the conduct of litigation) across the range of the department’s responsibilities.

During your graduate program you will also participate in development activities including a major project, where you will have an opportunity to present to the department, including our senior executives. You will also contribute to a range of cultural and social activities including a high profile speaker series and fundraising initiatives. You will receive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete further study.

To be eligible for the IR legal stream you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have completed (or be completing your degree by December 2020) a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor within the past four years (on or after December 2016) with strong academic results (distinction average).
  • are eligible to enrol in a practical legal training course that leads to admission in Australia; eligible for admission in Australia; or admitted to practice in Australia.
  • have completed, or will complete, your degree with strong academic results (distinction average).

All IR legal positions are based in Canberra. Financial assistance may be offered where you are relocating from your home state.



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