Senior Immigration Solicitors – RAILS

Published on July 4, 2024

Applications close 22 July

The Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) is a community legal centre based in South Brisbane. For over 40 years, RAILS has provided free legal assistance and education in immigration and refugee law to people in Queensland.

RAILS assists some of the most vulnerable people in our community, predominantly refugees, asylum seekers and people who have experienced family violence. RAILS strives to empower them and help them find and remain in safety.

RAILS is a member of Community Legal Centres Australia and is registered as a Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for Profit Commission.


  • Job Title: Senior Solicitor (unrestricted practicing certificate required, post admission experience five years plus preferred)
  • Hours: Full-time preferred, 4 or 4.5 days/week considered
  • Salary: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award, Level 6: From $102,504 plus additional 11% superannuation
  • Responsible to: Legal Practice Director
  • Direct reports: up to 4 FTE lawyers (SCHADS 4-6), paralegals, legal volunteers, law students
  • Work arrangements: in person from RAILS office in South Brisbane. WFH for part of the working week is an option

RAILS is seeking 3 senior solicitors on their unrestricted practicing certificates.

Immigration law experience is preferred with in-depth knowledge and experience representing clients in the following areas highly desirable:

  • Family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations (Department and Tribunal level)
  • Onshore protection (Department and Tribunal level) including complex matters; and
  • Judicial review of Migration and Refugee matters.

RAILS’ requires a dedicated, flexible and positive professional who enjoys providing high quality legal services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and who is able to effectively communicate with people who are culturally and linguistically diverse and who experience several layers of disadvantage.

Reporting to a Legal Practice Director, a Senior Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to clients in at least one of the listed core areas as well as supervising up to 4 FTE lawyers as a Nominated Person.

This role is of fundamental importance to the delivery of excellent legal services by RAILS and contributes to positively changing clients’ lives.


  • An attractive remuneration package from $102,504.00 with an additional 11% superannuation;
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Generous leave entitlements (paid parental leave, cultural and special leave provisions; portable long service leave) including additional paid leave over end of year shut down; and
  • Attractive no cost salary sacrifice options.