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Lawyers in­clude so­lic­i­tors, bar­ris­ters and judges – three oc­cu­pa­tions that be­gin by study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Laws. So­lic­i­tors look af­ter a client’s le­gal in­ter­ests. They usu­ally rep­re­sent clients in the Mag­is­trates Court and brief bar­ris­ters in the higher courts. Bar­ris­ters spe­cialise in court ad­vo­cacy, in­clud­ing pre­par­ing plead­ings for court cases. They do not pre­pare wills and con­tracts or do con­veyanc­ing. Judges are usu­ally cho­sen from ex­pe­ri­enced bar­ris­ters. To prac­tice law, a so­lic­i­tor must have com­pleted an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree plus a su­per­vised trainee­ship or ap­proved prac­ti­cal le­gal course. There is strong com­pe­ti­tion for po­si­tions and some uni­ver­si­ties now only ac­cept stu­dents with an OP 1.


Ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments for po­lice work dif­fer be­tween states but usu­ally the ap­pli­cant must be at least 18 years old, and have com­pleted Year 12 or three years of full-time paid em­ploy­ment since leav­ing school. As there is of­ten strong com­pe­ti­tion for roles, a vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion such as a Cer­tifi­cate III in Po­lice Stud­ies or a univer­sity de­gree such as a Bach­e­lor of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice can give an ap­pli­cant an ad­van­tage. In Queens­land, the re­cruit­ment process in­cludes in­tegrity vet­ting, psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment, a panel in­ter­view, com­mu­nity and back­ground in­quiries, ref­eree checks, and the Ap­plied Polic­ing Skills As­sess­ment phys­i­cal test­ing.


This oc­cu­pa­tion in­volves su­per­vis­ing and con­trol­ling the ac­tiv­i­ties of in­mates in pris­ons and other cor­rec­tional in­sti­tu­tions. As work­ers are re­spon­si­ble for the well­be­ing of an of­ten vul­ner­a­ble group of peo­ple, it is im­por­tant pri­son of­fi­cers are fair and just. Most pri­son of­fi­cers hold a vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion such as a cer­tifi­cate III or IV (54.5 per cent) or di­ploma or ad­vanced di­ploma (19.2 per cent). Of Aus­tralians who com­plete a Cer­tifi­cate III in Cor­rec­tional Prac­tice, 97.8 per cent are em­ployed within six months of com­ple­tion.

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