The ASRC is also supported by important programs that help with the sustainability of the organisation 'behind the scenes'. These programs include Operations, Finance, Information Technology and Administration. Without these programs, and a commitment to sustainable practices, we could not continue with the work we do. Volunteers are also active in all of these program areas, and extra help is always welcome!
The IT program provides computing services at the ASRC. The computers, internet and printers are used by asylum seekers, ASRC staff and volunteers. Many asylum seekers use our computers on a daily basis for internet access, communicating with family and friends, word processing, study and job seeking. Staff and volunteers rely heavily on the systems we provide for research, communication, data storage and the other essential tasks which keep their programs running smoothly. The IT team consists entirely of volunteers with a wide range of IT skills and experience. Our donated hours help to keep the ASRC’s operating costs as low as possible, so more of our funds can go towards direct assistance for asylum seekers.
The Finance program consists of a dedicated team of professionals overseeing the financial sustainability of the ASRC. They manage the financial health & legislative compliance of the ASRC, preparing all the finance, accounting, budgeting & tax requirements. The Finance team provides real-time feedback to programs enabling an ethical balance between the needs of asylum seekers and the financial sustainability of the ASRC.
The Admin team consists of a diverse group of dedicated volunteers. Each day is staffed by a different team who support the ASRC by being the first port of call for asylum seekers & supporters of the ASRC. Joan Lynn, Administration Coordinator sums it up best, ‘the different days work in a parallel universe. Our paths may not cross but it all comes together by a commitment to helping asylum seekers’.
The Operations program is the behind the scenes team, managing the day to day upkeep of the facility, in addition to HR, OH&S, and policy development. The aim of the program is to improve & maintain the work place & systems enabling programs to best support asylum seekers. The operation team of volunteers includes trades people, researchers, HR professionals & people interested in supporting the Centre outside of work hours.