Sourcing Pro Bono Opportunities

In order to grow participation and excellence in pro bono, the Centre has launched the Sourcing Pro Bono Opportunities Initiative (the Sourcing Pro Bono Initiative) to equip pro bono providers with practical resources to find potential opportunities and reduce barriers to pro bono participation.

Referral Schemes and Community Legal Centres

Pro Bono Referral Schemes

Many pro bono providers find that Pro Bono Referral Schemes and Organisations are the best way to source pro bono matters, and these can be found in every state and territory in Australia.

Community Legal Centres

A wide range of pro bono opportunities are also available at Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

Centre Publications

Australian Pro Bono Manual and What Works

The Centre’s primary guides are the Australian Pro Bono Manual and Pro Bono Partnerships and Models: A Practical Guide to What Works, which contain information and practical tips on finding potential sources of pro bono work.

Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis

The Centre has published a Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis, a leading guide on how lawyers can contribute to addressing the global climate crisis. The guide contains 15 different activities that lawyers can undertake to make a difference, with compelling examples from all over the world.

Pro Bono Guide for Individual Lawyers

The Centre has published a Pro Bono Guide for Individual Lawyers which lists a wide range of exciting opportunities available to lawyers wishing to donate pro bono time in a personal capacity, including at community legal centres, independent not-for-profit legal services, through State and Territory referral organisations and via global networks.

Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool

To complement the work of the referral schemes and community legal organisations, the Centre has created the Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool to help pro bono providers find opportunities and form partnerships according to specialist area, location (National, State/Territory), type of work (direct legal services and/or policy reform), and availability of cultural competence or trauma informed training for pro bono providers. The Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool is being co-designed with pro bono providers and the organisations/initiatives listed in them. Through this co-design process, the Centre is also able to identify and reduce barriers to pro bono participation.

The Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool builds on the Justice Project Report with the aim of mapping pro bono opportunities to assist with priority justice issues for the thirteen client groups identified in the Justice Project Report.

To date, the Centre has completed its set of resources for (i) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and (ii) people who are homeless. This set of resources will be expanded to include all thirteen client groups identified in the Justice Project Report. To find out more about this project, see here.

You can view key resources from the project below:

The complete set of resources for these client groups can be found here.

Other Sources

There are a number of global opportunities for pro bono work as well as independent not-for-profit legal organisations across Australia that offer a variety of pro bono opportunities.