The ASRC in Numbers in 2009
In 2009, the ASRC achieved:
hours of free help to asylum seekers
Won permanent visas for 204 Asylum Seekers
New asylum seekers provided with casework support
Hot daily lunches to keep people healthy
Food parcels for families to ensure no one goes hungry
People assisted with finding employment to stand on their own two feet
ESL classes to help people connect and participate
worth of Met Tickets, phone cards and nappies
hours of free legal advice and assistance
medical consulations to care for sick asylum seekers
counseling sessions to support survivors of torture and trauma
2008-09 Data - In one year, the ASRC achieves:
We provided 215,000 hours of assistance in the last year, making us Australia’s largest asylum seeker organisation.
Only 6% of our funding come from the State Government and we receive no Federal Government funding.
Since June 2001, 5467 asylum seekers have been been helped by our Casework Program; more than any other organisation.
Since January 2007, 2101 new asylum seekers have sought welfare, aid, health or legal assistance from us.
Our Health Centre provides medical care for 93% of all community based asylum seekers in Victoria and provided over 3000 consultations last year.
We assist asylum seekers from 98 different countries.
Our Counselling Program has assisted 172 asylum seekers in rebuilding their life after the trauma of events such as torture and war.
We provide 14,560 meals a year provided through our community meals program.
Our Human Rights Law program provides 21,000 hours of legal advice and assistance each year.
We trained 249 new volunteers in the last year and have a team of 700 volunteers, making it possible for people to help change the world for the better.
We provide $100,000 worth of Met Tickets each year, freeing people from isolation.
Our Foodbank provides 4800 food parcels each year. 5% of people who use our Foodbank have no right to work and would have no food otherwise.
Our Employment Assistance Program helped 133 people to find work in the last 6 months. With the help of our pro-bono lawyers, more than 1000 people have won asylum, and freedom from persecution, war and torture.
We provide 250 ESL classes each year, helping asylum seekers to integrate into the wider community. We deliver more than 100 community education talks each year to raise awareness about the plight of asylum seekers.
We provide respite with social and recreation activities for over 500 asylum seekers each year.