The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Innocence Initiative runs across the year in semesters 1 and 2 as well as spring and summer semesters.

Places are limited and determined through a competitive selection process for each intake. If your application is shortlisted, you will be required to attend an interview and obtain a successful police check. If your application is successful, you will enrol in a Justice and Legal Studies internship course in the appropriate semester.

For more information about student involvement in The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative, please click here.


All volunteers will be asked to join one or more assigned case hubs. A case hub is the team working on a particular case. As a volunteer, you will be expected to participate in:

  • Case projects i.e. specific projects related to a particular case

  • Some case management e.g. correspondence, scanning, FOI requests, liaising with professional volunteers such as law firms and other agencies including the Victoria Police Forensic Centre

  • Some case investigation

  • Data entry and analysis using case management software

  • You will work with other volunteers, interns and tutors in each case hub, reporting to the Project Manager and Project Director.

These roles are unpaid. Working hours and the length of your involvement with The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative can be negotiated with the Project Director and/or Project Manager. If you are interested in volunteering complete this online form.