CLOSED: Legal editor wanted


The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is looking for an experienced legal editor to edit its Practice Manual.

The AAT is an independent body that reviews a wide range of administrative decisions made by Australian Government ministers, departments, agencies, authorities and other tribunals.

It is developing a Practice Manual to give AAT Members, who include lawyers and nonlawyers with specialist expertise, and Conference Registrars practical guidance on exercising powers under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and when reviewing decisions.

The manual covers the main areas of the AAT’s jurisdiction: aviation, social security, veterans’ affairs, workers’ compensation, immigration and citizenship and taxation. It will also cover the AAT’s practices and procedures, and persona designata functions, namely functions exercised by members in their personal capacity such as issuing telecommunication interception and surveillance device warrants.

The manual has been drafted by a number of authors, and requires editing and formatting for consistency. The draft will be complete in early June (it is largely complete now) and will run to approximately 500 pages of generously spaced text, or 150 000 words.

In anticipation of the completion of the draft, we would like to engage a legal editor to begin copy editing the texts for consistency, proofreading, formatting, and compiling the disparate documents into a united whole. The deadline to complete the editing is negotiable. The editor will also ensure the bibliography, references, the table of contents, and other numbered parts conform to the supplied template and style guide.

The editor will be skilled in grammar, have excellent editorial and proofing skills, and be able to work independently and with minimal supervision. It would be an advantage if the editor has previously worked in a legal environment. We envisage that the legal editor will work off-site, and will provide regular progress reports. We will provide the editor with a style guide and the template for the format.

Interested editors should send an EOI outlining relevant experience, availability, an estimate of both the time and costs for the work as outlined above and contact details by close of business on 26 May 2010, to:

We propose to provide samples of the texts to be edited to assist in providing the estimates, and will invite selected candidates for an interview. If you have any queries about the Practice Manual or the role, please contact:

Chantal Bostock
Acting Manager, Policy and Research Section
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
02 9231 2444

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