This equal opportunity program is an initiative of the Chief Justice of South Australia and the South Australian Bar Association.

The Step Up to the Bar Program is a 12 month full-time opportunity for female legal practitioners to gain experience within the higher court jurisdictions prior to pursuing admission to the Independent Bar of South Australia.

The participant will be appointed within Chambers of the Supreme Court of South Australia. They will gain experience and exposure to complex legal cases and will work closely with the judiciary and an appointed Judicial Mentor.


To be eligible for the Step up to the Bar program, the applicant must:

  • Be a female legal practitioner with an interest to pursue a career with the Independent Bar of South Australia
  • Have demonstrated legal competence and expertise
  • Have approximately five years post-admission experience
  • Be admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Have a current and unrestricted practising certificate
  • Have a National Police Check

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  3. Copy of current and unrestricted practising certificate

Applications should be sent to by 31 March 2025.

For more information, please contact:
The Executive Officer to the Chief Justice

The successful candidate will be offered a 12 month temporary contract for the duration of the program. The participant will be engaged as a Legal Officer and appointed to multiple Justices of the Supreme Court on a rotation basis.

The remuneration will be commensurate to years of post-admission experience and equivalent classification level within the Legal Officer stream of the Classification Standards.

Legal Officer 2 $80,460 – $91,258
Legal Officer 3 $93,563 – $101,003
Legal Officer 4 $116,777 – $127,667

The Step up to the Bar program will be implemented subject to ongoing grant of exemption from Section 30 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal. See Courts Administration Authority [2018] SAET 30.

Program ImplementationDate
Recruitment and Selection ​April 2025
Program commencementDate between May 2025 and June 2025
Program conclusionJune 2026