Thinking about volunteering?
Each March, we take on around 18 volunteers to work on strategic law reform and advocacy projects over a 13–month period. The program launches with a full day of training on everything from the political process and campaign strategy to social media.
Volunteers are placed in one of three human rights-themed teams: Equality and Accountability, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Criminal Justice Reform. These teams are supervised by two leading human rights experts and a member of the Steering Committee. As a team, they choose an issue to tackle and go about making change.
Here’s what you can expect from the program:
Community — RAP is a great way to meet and work with a community of like- minded people who want to make a difference, and to have a lot of fun with them. You’ll also be joining the wider Liberty Victoria community. Volunteers also receive discount prices to events such as the annual Voltaire dinner and other human rights-themed films, panels and gigs.
Training and mentoring — Volunteers receive training, guidance and resources from the Steering Committee, supervisors and external mentors. In the past, this has included workshops with human rights legends like Jen Robinson, Julian Burnside, Jessie Taylor, Peter Norden and Shen Narayanasamy.
Change — We take our work and impact seriously. Our projects influence decision-makers and change laws. It’s not always easy work, but it makes a difference. If you want to make a real impact, this is the place for you!
The time commitment
The time commitment can vary significantly depending on the nature of the projects undertaken. The program is designed to be self-directed and flexible so that it can be balanced with other commitments. As a guide, volunteers usually contribute approximately 4- 5 hours per week on RAP activities (averaged out over the year).
How we select volunteers
Recruitment decisions are made by the Steering Committee. All applications are de-identified (removing gender, name, school and university). We come up with a shortlist, conduct phone interviews and then make final decisions. We are looking for people who:
- Understand and are committed to our aims
- Think creatively and strategically about law reform
- Are passionate about human rights
- Are clear communicators
- Understand legal and policy processes, media and social change
No one is too young or old for the program, but as a skill-building program, we generally preference people in the early to mid stages of their career.